MeatEater

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.

Last Updated: 8/3/2022Network: Netflix
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A Lesson in Conservation History: New Mexico Turkey
star
10.00
1 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 10/16/2016

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.

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Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special
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10.00
2 votes

#2 - Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 9/11/2014

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Gila Monster: New Mexico Bull Elk
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9.67
3 votes

#3 - 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.

Directors: Daniel Doty
Trapped in History: Wyoming Beaver
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9.67
3 votes

#4 - Trapped in History: Wyoming Beaver

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/1/2016

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.

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Fortymile Caribou: Part 1
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9.20
5 votes

#5 - 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.

Fortymile Caribou: Part 2
star
9.20
5 votes

#6 - 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.

Alaska Bear Hunt (1)
star
9.00
3 votes

#7 - 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.

Directors: Daniel Doty
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Alaska Bear Hunt (2)
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9.00
3 votes

#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.

Directors: Daniel Doty
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Lone Star Pork: Texas Hog
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9.00
6 votes

#9 - Lone Star Pork: Texas Hog

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/25/2016

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.

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The Best Start: Wild Game Breakfast Cooking Special
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9.00
5 votes

#10 - The Best Start: Wild Game Breakfast Cooking Special

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/28/2014

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Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special
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9.00
6 votes

#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.

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First Timers: Montana Mule Deer (1)
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8.76
25 votes

#12 - 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.

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Guyana Part 1
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8.75
4 votes

#13 - 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.

The Hanging Tree: Afognak Island Elk
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8.75
4 votes

#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.

Big Buck Dreams: Mule Deer
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8.71
7 votes

#15 - 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.

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Steve makes the Team: Kentucky Small Game
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8.67
6 votes

#16 - 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.

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Living off the Water: Kentucky Fish
star
8.67
3 votes

#17 - Living off the Water: Kentucky Fish

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/29/2016

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.

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Cold Water: Alaskan Seafood Cooking Special
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8.67
6 votes

#18 - Cold Water: Alaskan Seafood Cooking Special

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/7/2014

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Cooking Special: Giving Thanks
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8.67
12 votes

#19 - Cooking Special: Giving Thanks

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/18/2012

The Pilgrims didn't get their turkey at the store and neither does Steven Rinella. On this special Holiday episode Steve cooks three enticing dishes: Wild Turkey Galantine, Smoked Black Bear Ham, and his take on the traditional Mincemeat Pie. Appetites will run large as Steve makes a special meal for his family and friends.

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Land of the Giants: Idaho Mule Deer Part 1
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8.60
10 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/4/2016

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.

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Lobster of the Prairie: Wyoming Antelope
star
8.57
7 votes

#21 - Lobster of the Prairie: Wyoming Antelope

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/28/2016

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.

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Unconventional: Alaska Sooty Grouse, Part 2
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8.50
4 votes

#22 - Unconventional: Alaska Sooty Grouse, Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/17/2015

In Part One, we saw the difficulty of hunting the Sooty grouse of Ketchikan, Alaska. We rejoin Steven Rinella and Barbara in Juneau, AK as they continue to pursue "hooters." Tromping through Southeast Alaska rainforest, Steve and Barbara discover a mutual fondness for an unconventional hunt. Barbara concludes the week of hunting cooking fettuccine a la grouse.

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

#23 - 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.

Cooking Special
star
8.50
4 votes

#24 - Cooking Special

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/8/2016

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.

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Colorado Mule Deer
star
8.50
4 votes

#25 - Colorado Mule Deer

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/2/2018

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

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