Elk vs Moose meat, which is better ?


August 1, 2010, 08:07 PM

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August 1, 2010, 08:11 PM
That's like asking venison or elk. Or steak or pork chop. Or lamb or veal.

It's totally dependent on your personal preference.

August 1, 2010, 11:31 PM
my kids and i prefer moose.

i would rank: 1- moose, 2- antelope, 3- deer, 4- elk.

my oldest daughter would swap deer and elk, and my youngest daughter would swap antelope and elk. either way, moose wins - which is a good thing because if you kill one, you're gonna have a lot of it to eat!

August 2, 2010, 12:01 AM
I've only eaten moose once and it was deep pitted. Best meat I ever ate. Don't know about other cuts or prep methods. A friend from Alaska said he ate so much moose that he got tired of it.

August 2, 2010, 12:29 AM
Is moose meat greasy like the black bear ?

Jefferson Herb
August 2, 2010, 12:58 AM
Nope,like lean beef only better.

August 2, 2010, 01:22 AM
I'd take the elk, but just by a little bit. I haven't really run into any game meat I didn't like, as long as I was the one killing, hanging, boning and trimming it...fall bear meat is good too, but the spring bear really isn't as tasty.

August 2, 2010, 01:27 AM
My ranking of the animals I shot. The best...
1- Cow buffalo
2- calf elk
3- doe whitetail
4- pre rut riverbottom mulie buck (small 4 point)
5- cool weather antelope (not been run)

The worst...
1- doe antelope, wounded and chased
2- rutting bull moose (chewy steaks like rubber bands)
3- post rut 6 point bull elk (also chewy)
4- large rutting mule deer buck

Lots of factors can affect the quality of your meat.
Timing (rut)
Food sources
Field care
Animal stress at harvest

The Bushmaster
August 2, 2010, 10:05 AM
"Is moose meat greasy like bear?"

Nope. Moose is more like placing a perfectly good beef steak on your plate and covering it with sugar. Personally I don't like sugared beef.:p

ELK (IM[notso]HO is much better then Moose. I do, however, recommend that you try moose before you believe any of us on this web site.:D

Sav .250
August 2, 2010, 10:16 AM
What those 2 have been eating sure plays a role in the question.

Taste vs Texture.

John Peddie
August 2, 2010, 11:14 AM
Small tips in case someone ends up with a moose.

The meat is very lean, so roasts need to be cooked covered, and on a rack over water. Bit of bacon on top helps too.

A moose-especially a large bull-means a whole lot of "hamburger". Grind and mix with about equal parts ground pork or beef.

Ground moose can also be used in spaghetti sauce instead of ground beef. Since the sauce has liquid, the moose doesn't need help from pork or beef to overcome the leanness (though you could).

(But I'd trade any moose meat for beaver kittens roasted in wine sauce-any day).

August 3, 2010, 06:44 AM
Elk for steaks and moose for lasagna. Then they are both great.

August 4, 2010, 03:48 PM
Being from CO, I'd take Elk any day of the week. Then again, I may be a bit biased.

Loyalist Dave
August 4, 2010, 09:19 PM
The problem is..., unlike farmed beef, where the age of the animals, and the quality of the diet (even if only grass) is pretty consistent, as is the processing of the meat..., wild game differs a lot within the species, animal to animal, so from species to species, that's a very difficult judgement, no?

I think that the moose I've had so far was like prime rib, the elk wasn't as nice as that, and the local deer here in suburban MD is better than elk, BUT..., the local deer get into so much crop land and such..., the local whitetails probably are not a true rep of the animal..., like pen raised corn fed beef is not the same as grass fed beef..., if I make sense.

I prefer wild harvested meat to store meat, when I can get it. :D


August 5, 2010, 09:05 PM
"...like lean beef..." Far leaner than the leanest beef.

August 5, 2010, 10:04 PM
I have not tried moose, but the elk that I've had was some of the best meat I've ever eaten.

August 5, 2010, 10:08 PM
On average, I would say the Elk is better. However, like others have said, it really depends on the animal.

On thing I have found with older animals is that the meat great for canning. It makes it very tender and keeps the flavor.

August 5, 2010, 10:12 PM
A lot depends on the diet and health of the Animal.

The foods they eat effect the flavor of the Meat.

And or also, on how the Meat is prepared...as well.

I have had both Moose and Elk, and both were delicious, and lean...but in both cases, the person who did the cooking had lots of knowledge and experience.

She marinated the Meat for a couple days in something which removed the 'gamyness', but did not change anything otherwise...but I am not sure what it was...

I do not do well with 'gamey' flavors...Lol...

She probably could have made Mutton and it would have been delicious.

August 6, 2010, 12:05 AM
Am I right in thinking everyone usually agrees that elk and moose are better than beef when taken in the right circumstances? I haven't had the chance to try either, yet.

August 6, 2010, 03:08 PM
I vastly prefer beef over elk or venison (whitetail). Could be that I don't know how to cook it, but even when trimmed of all fat it still tastes gamey to me. I eat it because I killed it, so I tend to make a LOT of jerky and feed the burger raw to my dogs.

I only had moose roast once and it was fantastic...but it was in a restaurant and they obviously knew what they were doing.

August 10, 2010, 09:49 PM
I would take moose over elk but growing up in a subsistence hunting home made me a beef eater as an adult. I just don't like any game for the table.

I maintain a high level of respect for those who choose differently but it just isn't for me.

Eat butter instead of margarine too.

August 10, 2010, 10:14 PM
The deer I took when in Kodiak was very gamy. Turned it into smoked sausage mixed with bacon, and burgers mixed 50 50 with beef. Both were awesome. Had a couple roasts that were horrible, so ended up turning everything I had into the burgers and sausage.
But man oh man, that sausage fried up with a couple eggs over easy was awesome.

August 10, 2010, 10:17 PM
Being a transplanted Coloradan. Elk please, but the Moose in RMNP look tasty too. :)

Elk burgers at the Elk festival in Estes Park. :D

August 10, 2010, 10:57 PM
MOOSE! First choice, although elk is a close second. As noted however, both are dependent upon a multitude of factors.

August 12, 2010, 09:49 AM
All things equal, I prefer moose, antelope, elk followed by venison. All are excellent table fare but moose is the best. I have found that the farther north the moose is harvested the better it seems to taste.

August 12, 2010, 12:38 PM
Game meat is only "gamey" if you hang it to "tenderize" it. If you butcher in the field (easier than it sounds) so the meat can bleed out, it will have no gamey taste whatsoever. Most of the gamey taste comes from the hide while hanging, from drying out while hanging or the blood coagulating within the meat... while hanging.

Any butcher (who's actually gone through training) can explain why hanging game doesn't tenderize or improve the flavor, but makes it taste worse. Basically, the fat within meat like cattle and pigs breaks down and improves the flavor and texture. However, game meat has no fat within the meat so hanging it only allows it to dry out, etc.

August 20, 2010, 04:35 PM
Haven't had elk.

Caribou > deer > moose.

Moose is huge, so having moose for several meals a week can get old.

Marinated moose fajitas have been great.

August 20, 2010, 05:06 PM
Moose is better, but both are good.

August 26, 2010, 09:18 PM
Harvested both. Which is better??? The one that is on the dinner plate today is the clear winner for me. They both have distinct flavors and both taste good.

August 28, 2010, 12:34 PM
(1) Moose

(2) Elk

Big Bill
August 28, 2010, 03:37 PM
Definitely moose 1st, then bison, next elk, then deer and antelope...

Arkansas Paul
August 28, 2010, 04:13 PM
Never had moose. Elk is great though, very similar to whitetail to me. I've had it pan fried and of course ground in chili. Nothing better. And the gamey taste is what makes it good. If I want it to taste like beef, I'll just go buy beef.

August 29, 2010, 12:19 AM
Is moose meat greasy like the black bear ?

You're inferring that bear meat is "greasy"? I've shot and eaten 3 bear in my life and have never found bear meat to be greasy. Mine have all tasted somewhat like venison but better - more moist. It takes something for me to like anything more than venison. I could - and have - lived on venison.

Arkansas Paul
August 29, 2010, 09:08 AM
I could - and have - lived on venison.

I have too brother. There were times growing up when we were so broke that's all we had. Luckily we lived in Alabama, where at the time you could legally kill an insane amount of deer per year. Don't know if it's still like that now. I know that for about a seven or eight month period, if we ate meat, it was deer. And you know what? I never heard anybody around the house complain.

September 3, 2010, 01:35 PM
Nothing better than sheep back straps cooked over an open campfire.
Trophy size males are usually not the best eating with any species.
I like elk and moose equally. Spike bull elk are great. There is something to be said for using a caliber that will put down an animal quickly. The ones that you have to track don't come out tasting as good.
Deer and antelope, not my favorites.
I'll find out about bison this winter.

jim in Anchorage
September 6, 2010, 07:08 AM
You like what you like, but IMO I would rather eat trash then a rutted up bull caribou.:barf: [apparently they drink the cows urine to see if they are in heat]. Moose is excellent and the only ones I have ever eaten where in rut[thats when the season is].

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