Image Via: 100 Acre Woods Photography
Image Via: 100 Acre Woods Photography

Char Siu Elk Ribs: Enjoy sweet, salty and spicy ribs, right off the grill


Fall is by far my favourite season, especially when wild game is on the menu, with its pure, additive-free, delicious flavour. And my favourite game meat? Elk. I find its bold, distinguished taste makes it superior to deer or caribou, and a perfect match for the traditional Cantonese barbecue method of char siu. Serves 6.

Watch chef Cameron Tait prepare this dish in his backyard…



  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Sriracha sauce
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp grenadine syrup
  • 1 tbsp five-spice powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4-lb elk rack
  1. Place all marinade ingredients in a blender and purée until the mixture has a smooth consistency.
  2. Remove membrane from back of ribs. Pour marinade over ribs, wrap in foil and chill for 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place ribs and marinade in a roasting pan, cover with foil and roast for about 3½ hours, turning every hour, until the meat is fork-tender. Remove from oven and let rest, then cut ribs into individual pieces.
  4. Place ribs on a barbecue set to medium-heat, then brush with pan drippings until lightly charred and caramelized.
100 Acre Woods Photography
100 Acre Woods Photography

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Muskoka Brewery’s Mad Tom IPA


For the glass

Notes of grapefruit, orange and pine make Muskoka Brewery’s Mad Tom IPA a great match for this bold and spicy dish.