Joe Thomas’ Grilled Antelope Medallions
Joe Thomas is part of an elite group of hunters who’ve harvested the 29 North American animal species needed to claim Super Slam status. So, to say he knows a thing or two about timber-to-table cooking is likely an understatement.
In this episode, host and fellow bowhunter David Bancroft joins Thomas to cook one of his favorite hunt-camp meals: grilled antelope medallions.
You can be a part of the “medallion battalion” with the help of Thomas’ recipe.
In this episode of Prime Cuts, watch as James Beard-nominated chef David Bancroft and North American Super Slam winner Joe Thomas cook up a delicious delicacy; grilled antelope medallions. In case you didn’t know, there are twenty-nine North American animal species that hunters are required to harvest in order to achieve the Super Slam title. That makes Joe Thomas perfectly situated to know all about timber-to-table cooking. It also means he can hold his own while cooking with an expert like longtime restauranteur David Bancroft, no stranger to wild game himself.
The antelope Thomas and Bancroft cook-up in this video was harvested in Wyoming. He took the antelope down with a bow, as with all but two of Thomas’ Super Slam harvests. The recipe they’re using is one that’s a favorite of Thomas and his friends at their hunting camp. As he says, it’s simple, but it makes an amazing meal. The secret is using butterflied medallions and cooking them quickly at a high temperature. This ensures the meat isn’t overdone. Instead, it will come out pink in the center and seared on all sides for the optimal taste profile.
Antelope is naturally low in fat and incredibly high in protein. This makes it not only scrumptious but also a wonderfully nutritious option for your wild game cooking. Despite being a great meal, it’s not easy to harvest your own antelope as they’re most commonly found in Africa. There are, however, some great options for sourcing antelope meat in the States. Experts recomend that you work with a reputable butcher to purchase your antelope meat.
While it’s unlikely you’ll be able to harvest the antelope yourself like Joe Thomas, you can enjoy this from the comfort of your own backyard. Try something adventurous with an unbeatable flavor that’s sure to impress everyone at your next backyard event.