There’s nothing quite like that first bite into a succulent steak, saucy skewer or sensational sausage.
Meat lovers know the joys of exceptional quality and an experienced chef. And when it comes to game meat, the dining experience can reach a whole new level.
What is Game Meat?
Game meat is any kind of meat that has grown up in the wild and been hunted for food – rather than raised on a farm as a food source.
While this means that it typically involves different kinds of meats than you would usually find in stores and restaurants (such as chicken and beef), it can also change the meat itself.
Game meat is the original ‘free range’ – these animals roam in the wilderness, eating entirely natural diets of what’s available. This means there are no hormones or antibiotics in the meat, only whatever natural food sources the animal could find in the wild.
For some, game meat is a great option if they prefer not to eat animals that have been raised on farms, or if they’re unsure about what kind of lifestyle or diets those animals have had.
Keep in mind, game meat is largely only allowed to be hunted with approval. For example, certain states and territories may add or remove animals (such as deer) from their list of approved game meats, which means approved hunters may hunt them (usually also with approval from the land owners). This can be an eco-friendly and practical way to control rising populations.
What are the main types of game meat?
In Australia, there are a number of animals that are counted as game meat. Here are some of the most common types of meat hunted in Australia.
Venison: Venison is a popular game meat that provides a variety of tasty cuts that have a subtle gamey meat flavour. Venison is also a highly lean meat, making it high in protein but low in fat.
Kangaroo: Kangaroo is a common game meat in Australia as it helps to keep the numbers of wild animals under control. But for diners, kangaroo meat is an exceptional dish that’s 98% fat free and very high in protein. It’s also the highest known dietary source of linoleic acid, which supports heart health.
Boar: Boar hunting is a popular pastime for Australian hunters, but hunters are only encouraged to shoot what they can eat. Boar meat is often described as tasting like a cross between pork and beef, offering a succulent meaty flavour and ample tenderness.
Rabbit: Rabbits are extremely populous in Australia, but hunting helps to control their numbers to reduce their negative impact on the environment. Fortunately, it also provides a lean meat with a delicate flavour for diners.
The Meat List at Hunter & Barrel
Hunter & Barrel serves an array of meat options for hungry diners, from Wagyu steak, lamb rump, and pork belly, to Boerewors sausage, chicken thigh, and pork ribs.