Bison & Cranberry Cheeseball

Prep Time: 15 minutes |  Cook Time: 30 minutes (smoking time), 10-12 minutes  |  Total Time: approx 1 hour  | Serves: 6-8
Created By: Created by Maddie & Kiki, Canada's Favourite Female Grillmasters
Make your holiday guests super happy with our take on a real classic - the bison cheeseball! Not only does this version taste amazing, it'll look great on your buffet table, too!

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  • First, preheat your smoker to 250°F.
  • Smoke the pecans on a tray for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Pro Tip: Use pecan wood or pellets for an EXTRA delicious blast of pecan flavour!
  • Remove them from the smoker, chop coarsely, and toss in the maple syrup and spices. Set aside to cool.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the butter and avocado oil. Pat the steak dry with paper towel, and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Sear the steak for 5-6 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness (135°F for medium rare).
  • Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before chopping into small pieces. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chopped steak and mix thoroughly. Form into a large ball, pressing to ensure the ball is tightly formed. Roll in the smoked pecan mixture. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

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Bison & Cranberry Cheeseball


226g (8oz) Striploin Bison Steak
1 tbsp (15ml) butter
1/2 tbsp (7.5ml) avocado oil
250g (8.8 oz) plain cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (237ml) old cheddar cheese
2 tsp (10ml) your favourite BBQ rub
1 tsp (5ml) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 cup (60ml) dried cranberries
2 green onions, finely sliced

For the smoked pecans:

3/4 cup (175ml) pecans
1/2 tbsp (7.5ml) maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp (5ml) fresh rosemary, finely chopped



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