Are you ready to try some of the ugliest critters you’ve ever hunted? Put away your boring chicken wings, pizza, and burgers folks. How about some deer tongue, armadillo, or fried python?
This is the premise of the television show, Dead Meat on the Sportsman Channel. Hosted by Scott Leysath, the show is about hunting all kinds of wild creatures and eating them in ways that are not only delicious, but use all parts of the animal from head to toe. It’s a great show about travel, hunting, and outside of the box eating that you are going to find very engaging.
The Third Season Just Started
The third season of “Dead Meat” premiered in October. In one of the most recent episodes, Scott and his crew head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to fish for the venomous lionfish and enormous stingrays. He’s eats both of these animals later on in the show.
Another recent episode explores swamp bunnies and raccoons in Alabama. It does get more exotic than that though because in the past he’s tried things like carp, crow, and muskrat. The show also goes into creative ways to cook all kinds of game meats with experts in the field featured on the show.
Monkey-faced eels, anyone? That’s another oddity he tried in Season 2 after fishing for them off the coast of northern California near San Francisco. There isn’t anything that Scott is afraid to try on the show.
One of the most interesting episodes centered around Scott and his crew hunting the invasive species of Burmese python in the Florida Everglades. So what does python taste like? Chicken, probably.
The Sporting Chef
Scott’s nickname is the “sporting chef,” which is what his website is also called. There are all kinds of recipes on his website that go into cooking tasty and not so tasty creatures. Bacon fried squirrel, elk sliders, wild pig enchiladas, and dove with brandy, mushrooms, and orange are just a few of his delicious recipes.
His background as an experienced wild game hunter, angler, and chef with two different cookbooks on the subject to his credit make him an authority on the topic. Other than Dead Meat he also hosts The Sporting Chef Cooking Show which you can also catch on the Sportsman Channel. Scott also makes appearances to demonstrate his wild game cooking skills at outdoors and camping shows around the United States. It would be fun to see what he could cook up in person.
If you are interested in catching past episodes of the Dead Meat series, you can stream them on Amazon Prime Video, or watch current episodes of Season 3 on the Sportsman Channel.