The BEST episodes of MeatEater
Every episode of MeatEater ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of MeatEater!
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.
#4 - Gila Monster: New Mexico Bull Elk
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/4/2014
After four years of waiting, Steven Rinella draws a coveted, limited-entry public land elk tag and heads into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest on a solo backpack hunt. His biggest challenge here is the vast expanse of hills covered in enough timber to hide an army – demanding lots of glassing and even more hiking. Here, even just one missed opportunity could result in an empty freezer at home.
#6 - Fortymile Caribou: Part 1
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/2/2018
Along with two buddies from the Midwest, Steve flies into the wilderness of remote east-central Alaska to hunt during the Fortymile caribou migration.
#7 - Fortymile Caribou: Part 2
Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/2/2018
Steve continues his hunt with friends Doug and Mark for Fortymile caribou during the herd's winter migration, culminating in a camp-stove fondue.
#8 - Alaska Bear Hunt (2)
Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/25/2014
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.Watch Now:Amazon
#11 - Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/27/2013
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.Watch Now:Amazon
#13 - Southeast Alaska Blacktail Deer
Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/25/2022
Steve and Evan Hafer struggle to find blacktail deer on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island.
#14 - The Hanging Tree: Afognak Island Elk
Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/2/2018
Steve and his friend Remi Warren stalk Roosevelt elk on Afognak Island in the Gulf of Alaska but inclement weather proves a significant obstacle.
#16 - Guyana Part 1
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/2/2018
On an angling expedition along the Rewa River in Guyana, Steve and his Macushi guides catch exotic species such as black piranha and vampire fish.
#17 - Big Buck Dreams: Mule Deer
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/14/2014
Set against his annual Muley hunt, this year in southwest Colorado, Steven Rinella takes to the lectern and fills us in about his favorite critter, the mule deer. As Steve hunts he will share his vast knowledge about the species, how to hunt it, how to butcher it, and most importantly, how to cook and eat it.Watch Now:Amazon
#18 - Steve makes the Team: Kentucky Small Game
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/11/2016
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.Watch Now:Amazon
#20 - First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (1)
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/28/2013
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.Watch Now:Amazon
#21 - Alaska Bear Hunt (1)
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/18/2014
Masters of their respective fields, Steven Rinella will take Navy Seal Rorke Denver deep into the Alaskan backcountry to hunt black bears in the mighty Alaska Range. After several flights and a long climb up the ridge, the men will trade secrets and look into the differences and similarities between the hunter and the warrior. The bears are out and hungry, but they’re fast and in dense cover, forcing the men to work hard for their mountain meal.Watch Now:Amazon
#25 - Cooking Special: Recipes from "The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Game"
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/24/2015
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.