We're considering roasting a Buffalo Rib Roast for a bunch of friends but have no idea how it will turn out. How does this meat compare (assuming it's cooked medium rare) to something like a Beef Sirloin Roast? Are there other meats that are particularly similar? Will it be succulent or dry out? How does the flavor profile compare with beef? Is it particularly gamey?

  • I'm tempted to write "Very", but know I would be hugely downvoted. Bison is a delicious red meat. It is not too gamey, and is quite lean and healthy as far as red meats go. I love it. I would go with bison over beef any day if I had the option to do so. Nov 7, 2011 at 12:07
  • This is subjective - VTC. Nov 7, 2011 at 12:16
  • Whatever it is, don't serve your friends food you haven't tried yourself before (including a new recipe for an established dish).
    – rumtscho
    Nov 7, 2011 at 19:33
  • @ElendilTheTall: If rephrased as "what is the flavor and texture of buffalo, in particular compared to beef?" without words like "succulent" or "flavorsome", I think it's a completely valid question. It's already managed to produce two answers with some good objective information.
    – Cascabel
    Nov 8, 2011 at 0:54
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    Disagree with @rumtscho. Trying something new with friends is way more fun that by yourself. Dec 8, 2011 at 0:44

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I can't help but think this will be a winner. Buffalo tastes very similar to beef, but has a richer flavor, almost (but not exactly) like what you get when you dry age a steak.

Buffalo is much leaner, obviously, but I honestly don't think that will make much of a difference in a rib roast. If it were a Chuck or brisket cut, I might feel differently, but a rib roast should not give you any problems, given that you are only roasting it for 1.5-2 hours.

Take it for what it's worth (not much, because it's a totally different cut of meat) -- I had a braised buffalo short rib at Ted's Montana Grill, and it was surprisingly excellent. It was very tender, but was so much more flavorful than a beef short rib.


In general, buffalo meat tends to be leaner than beef. The lack of fat can make buffalo taste drier than beef. If you're using a slower cooking method, like roasting, you'll want to pay careful attention to the amount of fat to make sure the meat doesn't dry out.

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