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Sliced American Bison

Campbell County's local flavor

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posted March 1, 2020

Experiencing a place includes exploring its local flavors and distinctive dishes. Courier asked destinations about their specialties. To see more check out "8 dishes worth the trip."

According to Courier’s Campbell County connections, bison meat is one of the most naturally flavorful and healthy red meats available. Also called buffalo, bison meat is lower in fat and higher in protein than beef.

One of the world’s oldest and largest bison ranches, the Durham Bison Ranch is located just south of Gillette. Members of the Flocchini family, owners of the ranch, are committed to managing their land and livestock holistically.

To fully enjoy a bison meal, visitors should first take a tour of the ranch to see thousands of majestic animals in their natural environment and learn how the family raises bison and processes the meat. The next step is to visit a restaurant in Gillette, where bison is offered as full steaks (sirloin, ribeye, flank, and other cuts), skewers, sirloin tips, burgers, and Philly sandwiches.

Locals suggest that first-timers order the bison medium rare or rare and wash it down with locally crafted mead served out of a steer horn at Big Lost Meadery or with an award-winning craft brew at Gillette Brewing Company.

Where to try it: Prime Rib Restaurant & Wine Cellar, Pokey’s Barbecue, Rib & Chop House, and Silvercreek Steakhouse

Who to contact: Christen BurdetteCampbell County CVB

Top photo by CC Flickr/Tim Sheerman:


Support for Courier articles provided by:
Amelia Island Tourism Development Council
Brandywine Valley
Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Gallup
Maryland Office of Tourism Development
Oneida County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tourist Office for Flanders-Belgium