Coffee-Braised Bison Pot Roast Recipe with Root Vegetable Mash

Coffee-Braised Bison Pot Roast with Root Vegetable Mash

Leftover morning coffee? Use it for dinner tonight. Coffee and bison may seem an unlikely pairing, but this recipe is sure to “perk you up.” Whip up a side of our pretty-tasty Root Vegetable Mash to make a dish everyone is sure to love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


For Pot Roast:

  • 24 oz (1 package) Bison Pot Roast - pat dry
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots - chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup brewed black coffee
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch - mixed with 1 tablespoon water

For Root Vegetable Mash:

  • 2 lbs Russet Potatoes - peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large parsnip - peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots - peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh thyme - for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Season bison all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large heavy bottomed, oven proof pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and the bison and use tongs to turn occasionally until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer bison to a plate and set aside.
  4. Lower heat to medium, add the shallot and cook, scrapping up the bottom of the pan until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the coffee, brown sugar, mustard, and garlic powder. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer, about 8 minutes. Return the bison to the pot and spoon some of the sauce on top. Cover with lid.
  5. Cook bison in the oven, basting with sauce, every 30 minutes until bison is very tender, about 1-1/2 hours total. Transfer meat to a cutting board tented with foil and let rest about 10 minutes.

  6. Bring braising liquid to a boil over high heat. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture until slightly thickened. Transfer to a gravy boat.
  7. Meanwhile, combine the potatoes, parsnips, and carrots in a large saucepan and cover by 2-inches with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, about 12 minutes, and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the pot. Use a potato masher to mash the vegetables until almost smooth. Stir in butter and mash until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. To serve: Cut off twine and carve the bison across the grain. Serve with the root vegetable mash. Drizzle with gravy and garnish with fresh thyme. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 5 cups root vegetable mash, so 1-1/4 cups per person.

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