Timber 2 Table - Buttermilk Ranch Grilled Elk Steak

Coating your elk or venison steaks in a blend of buttermilk and ranch powder speeds the browning process and adds a zippy flavor

Buttermilk Ranch Grilled Elk Steak

10 Min

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time





Here at Timber2Table, we are always experimenting with new recipes. For this one, we coated some nice elk steaks cut from the top round with a blend of powdered buttermilk and powdered ranch dressing. The combination does two things. First, it adds a tangy, zippy flavor to the elk meat. Second, the lactose sugar and added protein in the powdered buttermilk greatly speed the Maillard reaction (the browning process of meat when it is exposed to hot temperatures), giving the steaks a nice color.

Grill the steaks like you normally would to your desired doneness.

The preparation is simple. Salt and pepper the steaks well. Blend the buttermilk powder with the ranch dressing powder and sprinkle the mixture evenly over both sides of the steaks. Place the steaks in a dish and refrigerate for 4-8 hours. Sear the steaks on a hot grill until they reach your desired doneness level. I like my elk steak on the medium rare side of things, so I grilled these for about 6 minutes per side on our Traeger Grill set at 375 degrees.

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You can find both buttermilk and ranch dressing powder in most large supermarkets, or you can order both online. Give this recipe a try. I'm betting it makes it into your regular steak rotation.

Serve the steaks with your favorite side dishes.


4-6 elk steaks, 1” thick

½ cup powdered buttermilk

½ cup powdered ranch dressing mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

Season the steaks well on both sides with salt and pepper. Blend the two powders.

The buttermilk and ranch seasoning powders add a zing to the steaks.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over both sides of the steak so that the meat is lightly coated. Pat the surface a bit to set the coating on the meat. Refrigerate the steaks for 4-8 hours.

Coat the steaks with the powder and refrigerate for 4-8 hours before grilling.

Cook the steaks on a hot grill until they reach your desired doneness level.