Delicious Bison Pot Roast Recipe for Foodies

As a home chef and party enthusiast, there is nothing more satisfying than gathering friends and family around a delicious meal. And what better way to impress them than with a bison or buffalo pot roast recipe? This hearty and flavorful dish is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a special dinner or simply looking for a comforting meal.

To create the perfect bison/buffalo pot roast, you’ll need a few key ingredients such as carrots, green peppers, onions, and potatoes. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the chuck roast made from delicious bison meat. This leaner and healthier alternative to beef gives the dish a unique taste that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

In this recipe article, I will walk you through everything you need to know to master this bison/buffalo pot roast recipe. From the ingredient list to tips for perfect results, I’ve got you covered. So, grab your slow cooker, dutch oven or instant pot and let’s get started on making this unforgettable meal!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bison / Buffalo Pot Roast
Bison / Buffalo Pot Roast

If you are a meat enthusiast or looking for a new recipe to serve at your next dinner party, you will absolutely love this bison pot roast recipe. Not only is it delicious and tender, but this dish is also nutritious and leaner than traditional pot roast recipes made with beef.

Bison meat has been gaining popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to beef. It is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than beef, chicken or pork, yet still packs a rich and savory flavor.

This recipe incorporates classic pot roast ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, onions and green pepper, but with the addition of bison chuck roast as the star ingredient. We choose bison meat from reputable dealers like Wild Idea Buffalo because they offer naturally-raised bison with no hormones or antibiotics.

Whether you’re cooking for yourself or your friends, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to make this bison pot roast. The best part of the recipe is that it can be cooked slowly in the oven or a slower cooker, freeing up time to focus on other things like having fun with friends and/or family.

When it’s ready and served up hot, your guests will always rave about how succulent and fall-off-the bone the meat turns out be. There’s nothing quite like a mouth-watering aroma coming from the oven that signals coming together to enjoy great food with great people.

Try this recipe out for yourself and see why it has become our favorite dish to serve when we’re looking for something homey yet fancy at the same time!

Ingredient List

 A hearty pot roast fit for any gathering
A hearty pot roast fit for any gathering

Let’s Gather the Ingredients

It’s now time to gather all the necessary ingredients to bring this mouthwatering bison/buffalo pot roast recipe to life. Make sure to have these ingredients ready before starting to cook this hearty dish:


  • 3 lb bison chuck roast or buffalo chuck roast
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • Salt and pepper (1 tsp. coarse sea salt and 1 tsp. black pepper)
  • 2 tbsp of canola oil
  • Paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder (1 tsp. each)

These few ingredients come together to create such a fantastic aroma that will linger in your kitchen for days. Trust me; you and your guests are going to love the taste!

The Recipe How-To

 Bison meat: a lean and delicious alternative to beef
Bison meat: a lean and delicious alternative to beef

Cooking the Bison Chuck Roast

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

To make this bison pot roast recipe, first, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. We’ll then prepare a combination of ingredients including diced carrots, green pepper, onion, and potatoes.

Step 2: Searing the Meat

To sear the meat and lock in those juices, we need to brown it in oil before cooking. Heat oil 2 tbsp of canola oil on medium-high heat in a large dutch oven or heavy pot. Season the bison chuck roast with 2 teaspoons paprika, and garlic powder mix and 1 teaspoon onion powder. Season with salt and pepper (1 tsp coarse sea salt and pepper 1 tsp).

Step 3: Cooking the Bison

Once the oil is hot, add bison chuck roast and sear for around 3 minutes on each side until it’s golden brown. Set aside cooked meat on a plate. Add sliced yellow onion to the pot along with carrots, green pepper, onion, and potatoes (ingredients 2 cups). Saute for around 10-15 minutes or until veggies have softened.

Step 4: Braising the Bison Chuck Roast

Add cooked bison chuck roast back to pot on top of sautéed veggies. Add two cups of beef broth or water, whichever is available, to help deglaze your dutch oven or heavy pot for an extra flavor kick. Cover your bison chuck roast with a tight-fitting lid.

Step 5: Cooking the Bison Chuck Roast

Bake at high temperature (500 degrees F) for around 15 minutes on its own to get that crusty outer layer then reduce temperature down to low (300 degrees F) for about an hour or until tender. Check on meat regularly as cooking times may vary depending on thickness.

Optional Cooking Methods

If you don’t have an oven, you can get similar results by using a slow cooker. This method can take up to several hours but will ensure that all of your ingredients blend well together.

If you do have an instant pot or pressure cooker lying around, give it a whirl! By cooking your meat under pressure instead of an open pan or oven setting, you save time while still getting that same delicious result.

Whether braised in beer or slow-cooked, this bison pot roast recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering!

Substitutions and Variations

 Rich and savory aromas will fill your home while this pot roast cooks
Rich and savory aromas will fill your home while this pot roast cooks

As with any recipe, there are always ways to make it your own. Here are a few substitutions and variations that you can try out to make this bison/buffalo pot roast recipe uniquely your own.

For the vegetables, in place of carrots, green pepper, and onion, you can use any combination of veggies that you prefer. I would recommend trying celery root, parsnips, and turnips for a unique twist on the classic pot roast flavors. For potatoes, you can also try using sweet potatoes or even cauliflower for a low-carb option.

When it comes to the cut of meat used in this recipe, instead of bison chuck roast, you can use any type of beef chuck roast with great results. Round roast or rump roast can also be used if needed. If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for a different protein source, bison steak or ground bison can be used in place of the roast.

Now onto cooking methods – while this recipe is traditionally cooked in a Dutch oven in the oven or in a slow cooker, it can also be adapted to suit other cooking methods. For example, you could try making this into a beer-braised bison/buffalo stew in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Or turn it into a delicious crock pot meal by letting it simmer all day long.

Lastly, feel free to play around with herbs and spices to find your perfect flavor combinations. Instead of paprika and garlic powder, try adding thyme and rosemary for an earthy note. Or add soy sauce and ginger for an Asian-inspired flavor profile.

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to customizing this bison/buffalo pot roast recipe to your liking. Have fun experimenting and finding your own favorite ways to cook with this flavorful meat!

Serving and Pairing

 Don't be intimidated by the size of this roast, it's easy to make!
Don’t be intimidated by the size of this roast, it’s easy to make!

Now that you have a delicious bison/buffalo pot roast on your hands, it’s time to think about what to pair it with. The great thing about this dish is that it goes well with many different sides and can be served in various ways.

If you’re craving something comforting and classic, serving the pot roast with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots is the way to go. The creamy potatoes and sweet roasted carrots blend beautifully with the rich flavor of the meat.

For a lighter, fresher option, consider pairing the pot roast with a simple green side salad or some steamed green beans. This will balance out the heaviness of the meat and provide some much-needed greens to your meal.

If you want to get more creative with your sides, try serving the pot roast over a bed of noodles or rice. This will add some texture to the dish and make it feel more like a complete meal. Alternatively, you could make some garlic bread or serve it with cornbread muffins for a southern twist.

When it comes to beverages, red wine is always an excellent choice for pairing with bison/buffalo meat. The strong tannins in red wines help cut through the richness of the meat and make for a well-rounded meal. If wine isn’t your thing, try serving your pot roast with a cold beer or a classic whiskey cocktail.

No matter what you choose to serve alongside your bison/buffalo pot roast, make sure to savor each bite and enjoy this scrumptious dish with good company!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Tender, fall-apart meat that melts in your mouth
Tender, fall-apart meat that melts in your mouth

As a home chef who loves throwing parties, I know that prepping your meals ahead of time can make all the difference in having a successful event. With this bison pot roast recipe, you can do just that. It’s perfect for make-ahead meals or batch cooking for a large crowd.

To make ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions until the meat is cooked through. Once cooled, transfer the pot roast to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When reheating, it’s important to keep the meat moist and tender. You can reheat the bison pot roast in a slow cooker or oven at a low temperature until heated through. Avoid using a microwave as it could dry out the meat.

If you’re looking to serve this dish at your party straight from the oven, note that it can be held in a preheated oven set to 200°F for up to an hour before serving without affecting the flavor or texture of the dish.

In terms of storing leftovers, using an airtight container will help prevent any moisture loss and maintain the quality of the bison pot roast. Reheat leftovers within 3-4 days.

This recipe also lends itself well to batch cooking or meal prep. Simply double or triple the ingredients and cook in batches, then portion out into containers for easy meals throughout the week. Just heat and eat!

Making meals ahead of time not only saves time and stress, but also ensures that you have healthy and delicious food on hand when you need it most.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly paired with your favorite red wine and roasted vegetables
Perfectly paired with your favorite red wine and roasted vegetables

As a home chef, I want to make sure that every dish I serve is amazing. Here are some tips to ensure the perfect bison/buffalo pot roast:

First, season the bison chuck roast well with sea salt and coarse pepper. This is important for building flavor and will also add a nice crust when searing the meat.

I recommend using a Dutch oven over medium-high heat to brown the roast. It’s important to get a good sear on all sides of the roast before adding any liquid. This crust will add depth and flavor to the final dish.

After you’ve browned the roast, don’t discard any of the leftover bits in your pot. Those bits represent a significant part of the recipe’s flavor, so deglaze your Dutch oven with either red wine or beef broth.

When it’s time to add your vegetables (carrots, green pepper, onion, potatoes), try to cut them into uniform sizes so they all cook at the same time. Plus, this will give each bite an even texture.

For added richness and depth of flavor, try using beer instead of broth when braising in a slow cooker or instant pot. My personal favorite is an ale or stout.

If you’re short on time but still want that slow-cooked texture, use an instant pot or slow cooker. Both methods result in fall-apart meat with minimal effort – just be sure not to overcook it!

Lastly, remember that leftovers can be just as delicious as the first night out of the oven. Simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months – then reheat gently on low heat until heated through.

Following these tips and tricks will help you create an incredibly delicious bison/buffalo pot roast recipe that will impress your guests and have everyone asking for seconds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this bison / buffalo pot roast recipe is a delicious and hearty dish that is perfect for any gathering or dinner party. It’s easy to prepare and can be cooked using either a Dutch oven, slow cooker, or even an instant pot. With its succulent and tender meat, flavorful vegetables, and aromatic spices, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And with the option to substitute beef chuck roast or bison steak, you can find the perfect cut of meat to suit your taste and preference.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy meal for yourself or a impressive meal to impress your guests, this recipe will not disappoint. It’s also versatile enough to go well with a variety of sides, making it the perfect choice for any occasion. I urge you to give this recipe a try and share it with your family and friends. Trust me, they won’t be disappointed!

Bison / Buffalo Pot Roast

Bison / Buffalo Pot Roast Recipe

This recipe is from "Alberta Bison" - we don't just have good beef here! If you haven't tried bison (buffalo), you really should. It has a wonderful taste and it's not gamey at all. My oldest Son actually prefers buffalo burgers over beef burgers and I really like them as well. I see no reason why this wouldn't work with beef. The cooking time completely depends on how you like your meat done; I used the lesser time. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 86.5 kcal


  • 3 lbs bison round roast or 3 lbs buffalo roast
  • 1 (2 1/2 ounce) package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced (I don't use this)
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut in one inch cubes


  • Set oven to 200°F Lay bison/buffalo pot roast on two large sheets of heavy foil. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over roast. Lay vegetables around roast evenly and wrap roast tight in foil. You may want to add more foil to make it airtight. Put wrapped roast in glass baking dish and bake for about 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
  • This recipe can be made using any "cut" of Bison Roast.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 117gCalories: 86.5kcalCarbohydrates: 19.6gProtein: 2.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 734.3mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Canadian, Easy, Meat, Wild Game
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