Easy Wild Game Recipe – Elk Sirloin Pocket Stew

It may be hard to believe, but the province’s fall hunting seasons are now just a couple of weeks away! There is no better time than now to get inspired on different ways to prepare Manitoba’s delicious wild game species. In the HuntFishMB Recipes segment, Josh McFaddin prepares an ingenious way to quickly make a delicious “Elk Sirloin Pocket Stew”. The beauty of this easy wild game recipe is that you can prepare this in advance of a big outing in the woods, on that lake, or just a day at the beach. Returning back home, or to your campsite after a long day, all you have to do is throw the pocket on the fire or in the oven and you have a perfect serving of your favourite wild game!

Full video, followed by the complete written recipe can be found below!

This is really a choose your own adventure style of snack, putting you in control of how much you’d like to add of each ingredient.

What you need:
  • Tinfoil 
  • Wild game meat: any red meat is great here. You can use ground, steak, or stew cuts. 
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Onion
  • Rosemary 
  • Garlic 
  • Beer
  • Gravy powder (1/3 packet per pocket)
  • Jalapeños (only if you like some heat)
  • Salt + Pepper (or your favourite seasoning)
  • Vegetable or Canola oil

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Cut the hard vegetables (carrot, potato) small enough so that they cook more quickly. 

Chop all of your ingredients ahead of time in order to make the assembly process more seamless. These ingredients can even be chopped at home and packed in the cooler!

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How you’re going to make it:
  • Lay down two equal size sheets of tinfoil, shiny side up and about 24” in length. The two layers will help to sturdy up the pocket and prevent leaking. 
  • Start stacking ingredients in the middle of the foil. Overall, a pile about the size of your two hands cupped together is perfect. 
  • Season, add the gravy powder and mix everything together. 

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  • Fold up the edges of the tinfoil so that nothing will spill, then add about 1/4 can of beer. This will help to make the gravy and steam everything inside the pocket. 
  • Now, tightly fold the tinfoil over all of the ingredients and roll and edges to seal it well. 

hobo stew

  • Place over hot coals and allow the fire to work its magic. The cook time should take around 15 minutes with a higher heat and up to 30 minutes over slower burning coals. 

Cooking elk over the fire

  • Once cooked, crack open the pockets and enjoy while hot! Top with a bit of hot sauce, sour cream, or fresh herbs to make it fancy. 

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If you liked this easy wild game recipe, visit our HuntFishMB Recipes Playlist on YouTube for more!
For more information on Big game Hunting in Manitoba, visit our Big Game Hunting page.
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