Caribou and Hailbut...

... last night, I was watching some National Geographic program about Caribou in Alaska... and, I started thinking about how much I enjoyed grilling... damn, I can't wait till summer.... stand around on the back deck... grilling some steaks..... it's always the simple things that I've enjoyed most...

...I grilled Caribou a few times up in Alaska... huge steaks cut by a sailor who had been a butcher in either a former life, or the civilian world... Matt had killed the Caribou from 250yds with a 30.06 a few weeks earlier.... and this was our first chance to sample it... I'd caught a 55 pound Halibut the week previous, and we cooked that baby at the same time.... Caribou... Halibut.... and Beer....

..We cooked them at the old USMC Cabin on Lake Andrew.... near the foot of Mount Moffet.... it was July, and the tundra was green and spongy... like walking on a wet mattress.... Mount Moffet was still covered with snow, and the reflection of the sky and snow cap on the lake, made the perfect back drop to our party.... it was one of the few days that the sky was clear, and the winds had stopped...

...our party was a thrown-together affair... when the sun came out, and the wind subsided, you dropped everything you were doing to enjoy it....so, four of us met at the cabin... Matt with the Caribou... I brought the Halibut.... Brown had a trunk full of beer.... and Todd forgot the plates... so.. we grilled anyway... and drank beer.... and ate our Caribou steaks.... grasped firmly in our fists while marinade dripped from our elbows....

...we washed our hands in Lake Andrew after the feast, and we settled back into the cabin... to poker, more beer, and lies... it was a great party... one of a hundred that we had at the cabin.... but, I think it was my favorite... Caribou... Halibut... and Beer... and Sunshine.... and no Wind... at the time, we couldn't have asked for anything more...

by Eric on February 26, 2004 | Comments(2) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

I've eaten a lot of shit in my life...Drank a couple of beers as well. I'll crawl 40 miles over broken glass for fresh Halibut, but WTF does Caribou taste like?

Emh???

posted by: Sam on February 26, 2004 10:01 PM

Sam, your broken glass comment is right on... the Caribou tasted like venison, only not as dry... it had more fat than venison.. pretty good grub, all in all..

posted by: Eric on February 27, 2004 06:57 AM