The BEST Episodes of MeatEater

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021

In MeatEater, author hunter and outdoorsman Steve Rinella will walk on the wild side where cliffs, claws and the culinary art all come crashing together in one nail-biting outdoors adventure. He will deconstruct and master any hunting technique; track and pursue prey; and procure his own food, which he will turn into a mouth-watering fireside meal. Far from trophy or sport hinting, Rinella stays true you our ancestral tradition of sustenance hunting- nothing he harvests goes to waste. Whether tracking black tail deer in the remote Alaskan Wilderness, or rooting out Javelina in Texas, Rinella will defer to his back-country roots, challenging himself at every corner while providing nail biting adventure along the way.

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Living off the Water: Kentucky Fish

#1 - Living off the Water: Kentucky Fish

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 29, 2016

Set lines, limb lines, trot lines, turtle traps, bows and arrows, they all make it out onto the kentucky water with meateaters steven rinella and kevin murphy.

star 10.00
2 votes
A Lesson in Conservation History: New Mexico Turkey

#2 - A Lesson in Conservation History: New Mexico Turkey

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 16, 2016

Hot on a 100-year-old hunting tip from Aldo Leopold, Steven joins Karl Malcolm in New Mexico to chase the Merriam's wild turkey.

star 10.00
1 votes
Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

#3 - Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 11, 2014

star 10.00
1 votes
Trapped in History: Wyoming Beaver

#4 - Trapped in History: Wyoming Beaver

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 1, 2016

Steve explains what goes into beaver trapping while retelling stories of the mountain men who depended on this animal, for both its surprisingly delicious meat and incredible hide.

star 9.67
3 votes
The Hanging Tree: Afognak Island Elk

#5 - The Hanging Tree: Afognak Island Elk

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 2, 2018

Steve and his friend Remi Warren stalk Roosevelt elk on Afognak Island in the Gulf of Alaska but inclement weather proves a significant obstacle.

star 9.33
3 votes
Steve makes the Team: Kentucky Small Game

#6 - Steve makes the Team: Kentucky Small Game

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 11, 2016

Kevin murphy and his band of kentucky small game hunters introduce steve to the finest kentucky has to offer. Gray squirrels with tree hounds and cottontails with beagles, in kentucky, it's the dogs that do the hunting. Cathead biscuits, sawmill gravy, and fried small game round out the kentucky adventure.

star 9.25
4 votes
Mountain Memories: Montana Bear

#7 - Mountain Memories: Montana Bear

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 22, 2016

Steve returns to his black bear roots in southwest montana for a spring black bear hunt. He's hunted these mountains before, it's a special place and he's glad to be back.

star 9.00
3 votes
Colorado Mule Deer

#8 - Colorado Mule Deer

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 2, 2018

In Colorado's White River National Forest, Steve and his friend Brody Henderson chase mule deer through aspen groves then taste-test their harvests.

star 9.00
3 votes
Land of the Giants: Idaho Mule Deer Part 2

#9 - Land of the Giants: Idaho Mule Deer Part 2

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2016

Steve’s quest for a giant mule deer buck continues in central Idaho. To help Steve in his journey, Ryan Callaghan has offered up one of his best spots as well as his keen spotting skills. The duo backpack hunt in some of the West’s steepest and prettiest mountains seeking a creature of mythological reputation: the colossal buck of Steve’s dreams. In part two Steve finally connects with a buck that can be classified as giant. The dream is realized; Steve and Ryan feast on a slow cooked roast.

star 8.83
6 votes
Lone Star Pork: Texas Hog

#10 - Lone Star Pork: Texas Hog

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 25, 2016

Steve joins ranch manager and wildlife biologist ben binnion for a couple of days during his annual pig roundup to learn about the other side of the texas hog story.

star 8.80
5 votes
Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special

#11 - Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 27, 2013

In this cooking special, Steven Rinella shows his fans some of his favorite preparations for big, bone-in cuts of red meat. Interspersed with highlights from his recent caribou, buffalo, and mule deer hunts, the show features recipes that utilize some of the most underappreciated parts of big game animals. This episode is an attractive and delicious tribute to Steve’s gun-to-table ethic.

star 8.80
5 votes
First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (1)

#12 - First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 28, 2013

In this two-part episode, television personality Joe Rogan and his best friend, comedian Bryan Callen, join Steven Rinella on a float trip for mule deer through the rugged Missouri Breaks, hunting and camping along the way. This is as adventurous of a first hunt as anyone could hope for, and Steven’s special guests are in for a memorable experience in some gorgeous country.

star 8.71
24 votes
Land of the Giants: Idaho Mule Deer Part 1

#13 - Land of the Giants: Idaho Mule Deer Part 1

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 4, 2016

Steve’s quest for a giant mule deer buck continues in central Idaho. To help Steve in his journey, First Lite's Ryan Callaghan has offered up one of his best spots as well as his keen spotting skills. The duo pack into some of the West’s steepest and prettiest mountains seeking a creature of mythological reputation: the colossal buck of Steve’s dreams.

star 8.60
10 votes
Lobster of the Prairie: Wyoming Antelope

#14 - Lobster of the Prairie: Wyoming Antelope

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 2016

Steve is fed up with the disrespect the antelope receives. Bad hunting protocol, poor meat quality, it’s all a wives’ tale. Through this week's hunt, Steve aims to make antelope lovers out of everyone and give the antelope the respect it deserves.

star 8.57
7 votes
Alaska Bear Hunt (2)

#15 - Alaska Bear Hunt (2)

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 25, 2014

The Alaskan backcountry hunt continues as Steven Rinella and Rorke Denver manage to maneuver their way through the thicket and find themselves hot on some bears. Their luck holds out and the hunt is successful, but Rorke soon learns that the hunt is only half the battle. After a lesson in field butchering, Rorke and Steve head back to camp to do a little fishing and foraging to round out their bear feast.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Daniel Doty
Writers: Steven Rinella
The Coldest Hunt: Nunivak Island Muskox

#16 - The Coldest Hunt: Nunivak Island Muskox

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 27, 2015

Lightning strikes twice: Steven Rinella has somehow beaten the odds and drawn a second Muskox tag after having to forfeit his first one four years ago due to unforeseen circumstances. Steve’s only regret in life was passing up his opportunity to hunt Muskox. With another tag in his pocket, nothing will stop this adventure. We learn about the history and culture of Nunivak Island as Steve tries to stay warm while chasing Muskox 30 miles offshore in the Bering Sea. The muskox is delicious but the tomcod dipped in seal oil is fit for the hippest Brooklyn restaurant.

star 8.50
6 votes
Cooking Special: Recipes from "The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Game"

#17 - Cooking Special: Recipes from "The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Game"

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 24, 2015

Steve teams up with long time friend and Seattle based chef Andrew Radzialowski for a summertime gathering featuring recipes from Steve's latest book "The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game, Vol. 1: Big Game." The two do a little foraging in the coastal forest to compliment the meal and then host their favorite Seattle peoples to sample the feast.

star 8.50
2 votes
Cooking Special

#18 - Cooking Special

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 8, 2016

Steven is a cooking thief, otherwise known as a student of the culinary arts, and this week, he's learning from chef eduardo garcia of charged film and montana mex, a storied chef who loves wild game as much as steve does.

star 8.50
4 votes
First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (2)

#19 - First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (2)

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 5, 2013

The second installment of a two-part episode covering the first hunt taken by comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen. If all goes well, Steven Rinella will treat these newbies to traditional camp meals such as buck liver cooked with onions and a whole venison head roasted in a bed of coals.

star 8.39
23 votes
Welcome to the Jungle: Adventures in Bolivia (2)

#20 - Welcome to the Jungle: Adventures in Bolivia (2)

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 13, 2015

After battling with a few of the river's wild inhabitants, Steve is excited to head into the jungle at night. A successful hunt puts Steve face to face with a threshold he vowed never to cross. This menu will test anyone's beliefs about what it means to hunt your own food.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Daniel Doty
Writers: Steven Rinella
Burger Extravaganza Cooking Special

#21 - Burger Extravaganza Cooking Special

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2015

Pulled from the pages of his forthcoming Wild Game Cookbook, Steve shares a variety of recipes designed to jazz up your ground meat game.

star 8.38
13 votes
Welcome to the Jungle: Adventures in Bolivia (1)

#22 - Welcome to the Jungle: Adventures in Bolivia (1)

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2015

Steve travels deep into the Amazon jungle in Bolivia to hunt and fish with, as well as learn from the local indigenous tribe there.

star 8.33
15 votes
Directors: Daniel Doty
Writers: Steven Rinella
Meet the MeatEaters: Montana Crew Muley (2)

#23 - Meet the MeatEaters: Montana Crew Muley (2)

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 21, 2013

The behind-the-scenes special of MeatEater continues. Will Steven Rinella be able to provide his crew with venison from a Montana mule deer for Thanksgiving Dinner?

star 8.25
12 votes
Mountain Meditation: British Columbia Grizzly Bear

#24 - Mountain Meditation: British Columbia Grizzly Bear

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2016

Ryan Callaghan and Aaron Evans join Steve on an epic adventure in British Columbia’s Rockies to pursue grizzly bears. Steve has set specific means of take, guided by personal ethics, for his grizzly bear hunt. The hunt is dampened by weather but Steve finds a way to fix a tasty meal.

star 8.21
14 votes
The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep (2)

#25 - The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep (2)

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 2013

The culmination of Steven Rinella’s Tok Sheep hunt should not be missed, and just in case the Dall Sheep hunt isn’t enough, Steve and his hunting partners head upriver to chase bears. An exciting stalk ensues, and plenty of meat eating is enjoyed. Featured meals are Dall sheep steak with wild blueberry pancakes, Dall ribs cooked over a rock oven, and willow-roasted black bear loin.

star 8.20
20 votes