By now you know I like to Play in the kitchen and throw flavors and textures together. Sometimes they fail by sometimes they just hit home and make it to the recipe book . This is one of my latest entries super easy, it was kid tested and kid approved, but ingredients matter to achieve the overall taste profile.
1lbs of elk meat preferably whole muscle I Used backstrap as well and had a great outcome I like to cut them in 1.5 thick “steaks”
1 stick of butter
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2-1 teaspoon of salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Chipotle Chile Pepper (the spice hunter)
2 table spoons of dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1/2-3/4 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of candied or plain walnuts
In a crock pot , place 1/2 a stick of butter (sliced in pads), place meat on top of the butter, pour in the orange juice, add, 1/2 tea sp salt, onion powder, chipotle, paprika, then the brown sugar on top of the meat. then place the remaining butter pads on top of meat cook on low for 6-8 hours until you can easily pull the meat apart and shred with fork. Remove meat from the juices and shred on a cutting board than I like to go back through and mince with a knife. Replace the meat back into the juices taste for salt and add more accordingly. Cook two Mahatman limon cilantro rice packets in the micro wave I know, sacrilegious…. but I found that it tastes amazing even better than my own and it cooks in 90 sec.. Add the rice in with your minced meat and juices and mix thoroughly. I like to spoon into a bowl and add the walnuts on top for extra sweetness and texture. I t may sound strange but it takes the dish to the next level..