Argentinian-Style Grilled Elk Backstrap with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe - NSSF Let's Go Hunting

Argentinian-Style Grilled Elk Backstrap with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

By Michael Pendley

Elk backstrap doesn’t need much help when it comes to the flavor department, but this Argentinian-style seasoning blend and chimichurri sauce help to put it over the top.


1 thick-cut elk backstrap, sliced into medallions ¾- to 1-inch thick per person, about 8 ounces each

Seasoning Blend

2 tablespoons Kosher salt

1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon fresh basil, finely chopped

½-teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ -teaspoon black pepper

Chimichurri Sauce

2 medium shallots

3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced

½-cup white wine vinegar

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

½-cup fresh cilantro

½-cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoon finely chopped oregano

¾-cup extra-virgin olive oil


Seasoning Blend

Blend the seasoning mix and sprinkle well over both sides of the backstrap medallions. Cover the seasoned medallions with foil or plastic wrap and set aside to come to room temperature.

Ingredients in Food Processor

For the chimichurri, add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor.

Mixed in Food Processor

Pulse the processor several times to chop and start to blend the ingredients. Turn the processor on and drizzle in the olive oil a bit at a time until the sauce comes together. Refrigerate until ready for use.

Grilled Elk

Grill the backstrap over hot coals for three to four minutes per side for medium-rare, or until the center reaches your desired doneness.

Elk with chimichurri

Spoon the chimichurri over the elk just before serving.

Serving Elk

Serve with roasted potatoes or grilled Elote Mexican street-style corn on the cob.

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