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High Plains Bison

Beer-Braised Bison Brisket with Root Vegetables

An exotic take on a family favorite. Slow-cooked bison brisket simmers with beer, horseradish, and a touch of apricot. It's an all-day affair, but it's well worth the wait!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 10


  • 5 lb bison brisket
  • tsp salt
  • 1 lb carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 medium turnips or potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 12 oz beer
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup dried apricot halves


  • If necessary, cut bison brisket to fit into a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle bison brisket with ½ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Place carrots, parsnips, turnips, and onion in the cooker. Top with bison brisket. Combine beer, horseradish, garlic, thyme, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl; pour over bison brisket.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Stir in apricot halves. Cover and cook for 2 more hours.
  • Transfer bison brisket to a cutting board. Slice bison brisket across the grain; arrange on a serving platter. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to the platter, reserving cooking liquid. Strain cooking liquid and pass with bison brisket and vegetables.