When you hear the words “buffalo meat,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably think of buffalo wings. However, bison is a delicious and healthy meat alternative that you should consider trying. In this recipe, we show you how to make a bison tomahawk with wet battered onion rings. So if you’re looking for an easy and tasty meal idea, be sure to give this recipe a try!
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Bison is an outstanding flavorful protein source! I have this tomahawk bison and wanted to have some fun by pairing it with some wet battered onion rings. I didn’t stop there, I paired the onion rings with a delicious homemade chipotle creme! Okay, I am salvaging.. Let’s get to the recipe!

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Bison Tomahawk With Wet Battered Onion Rings

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Bison tomahawk steak
  • Salt for seasoning
  • 1-2 Large sweet onions
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 4-6 cups Buttermilk
  • Peanut oil for frying

Chipotle Cream

  • ½ cup Mayo
  • ½ cup Mexican cream
  • 1 Chipotle from the can with adobo sauce
  • 1-2 tsp The adobo sauce from the can
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin

Onion Rings Wet Batter

  • 1 cup Corn starch
  • ½ cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Sparkling water (add little by little for your consistency)
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Balck pepper
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne (optional for your taste)


  • -Start off by making your chipotle creme. Add all the ingredients into a blender (Mayo, creme, lime juice, honey, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, garlic, salt, black pepper and cumin) and blend until its a smooth consistency. Place in the fridge until you need it.
  • -Now cut your onion rings where they are 1/2” thick. Once cut, place them in the buttermilk and toss them in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • -Make sure your bison is at room temp and season with kosher salt. Fire up your smoker for reverse searing. Set it at 250 with apple wood chunks. Add the bison and remove at 120 degrees internal. Open all vents to let your coals blaze hot for searing.
  • -During this time, make your wet batter (corn starch, all purpose flour, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and sparkling water). Get the onion rings out of the fridge and set your station for frying the onion rings. I like it to be in this order, buttermilk, flour, wet batter and the frying skillet next to the wet batter. 
  • -Sear your Bison tomahawk for 60-90 seconds per side and place on a wire rack for resting. 
  • -While resting, remove the onion rings from buttermilk (one at a time) and let it drip off. Toss them in the flour with a dry hand and then place in the wet batter with a wet hand. Coat the onion ring well and then let excess batter drip off and toss in the frying pan for frying. Do about 4-5 at a time, do not over crowd your skillet. Repeat until you are done. Remove the onion rings when they are a nice brown color or crispy, typically 3-5 mins. 
  • -Slice the bison and serve with onion rings on the side… Be sure to have the chipotle creme for dipping!
  • Enjoy with family and friends!
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Bison Tomahawk with Wet Battered Onion Rings is a dish that is sure to impress your guests. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, and the end result is a delicious and hearty meal. So why not give it a try? Head to the kitchen and start cooking up some fresh Bison Tomahawks today!

Did you enjoy this bison tomahawk and onion rings recipe? You’ll love my other beef recipes in the link below!

Bison Recipes

Items used in This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill

Knitted Gloves

Food Processor

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard

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