The BEST Episodes of MeatEater
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021
Network: The Sportsman Channel
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.
#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.
#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.
#3 - Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 11, 2014
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.