Watch "MeatEater" This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT


I’ve always hated hunting and hunters.

Growing up on Long Island, I watched deer struggle across our land with arrows stuck in them. Deer died on our property because bow hunters couldn’t get the job done or simply didn’t care. Then there were the beer cans littered on the side of the road, next to trucks outfitted with hunting racks. It all disgusted me.

Then… I met Steve Rinella.

He didn’t fit my stereotype. For instance, he applies physics terms to skinning. And most relevant to my 4-Hour Chef food quest, as he put it: “There are far better chefs out there than me. There are far better hunters out there, too. But there aren’t many who can combine the two like I do.”

He is a master of turning the wild into “ingredients” people recognize. In 2004, he prepared a three-day, 45-course banquet from Escoffier’s landmark 1903 classic, Le Guide Culinaire.

By “prepare,” I mean that he foraged, killed, or otherwise procured every ingredient from the outdoors… then re-created the feast himself, which took more than a week. This experiment was chronicled in his first book, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine. He started trapping for income in rural Michigan when he was 10. Now 38, he writes for a living, and his work is as likely to be seen in The New York Times as in Field and Stream.

Thanks to his incredible teaching ability (and respect for the game he hunts), Steve was my guide in most of the “WILD” section of The 4-Hour Chef.

Now, you can see him in action.

This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT, Steve and I will be on the debut episode of his show, aptly called “MeatEater.” It chronicles a life-changing week-long trip we took to remote Alaska, were we lived on the edge of a river bank, hunting, foraging, and defending camp from grizzly bears.

Here are a few trailers, followed by instructions on how to watch it live.


– How do I get the Sportsman Channel?

Click here and look on the right-hand side of the screen, where you’ll find a Sportsman Channel Finder. Type in your zipcode in the box and click “GO.” Follow the instructions in the pop up window.

– What is the cost (or range of cost) for getting Sportsman Channel? Can I test drive it?

On DirectTV, Dish, Verizon FIOS, or ATT U-Verse, the cost for the package can range from an additional $5 a month up to $15 or so, but non-satellite cable providers like Comcast vary from market to market. Be sure to connect with them to get accurate pricing.

That said, the packages almost always come with more than just one channel, so the cost could be spread out over additional channels. For example, you get channels like FOX Movie Channel, the National Geographic Channel, VH1 Classic, PBS Kids, and E! along with Sportsman Channel on Direct TV’s Choice Xtra package.

Worst-case scenario: you can always order and cancel the next day if you’re not happy, and your cable/satellite provider will usually fully credit the amount or prorate, which would end up costing you less than $1 for a day or two. I’m not recommending you screw your cable company, but if you’d like to take the channel(s) for a test drive, there you go.

– Is it available on Roku or AppleTV?

Sportsman Channel is not currently on Roku or AppleTV.

– Any plans to be available for download anywhere like iTunes?

“We’re working on getting all episodes of MeatEater up on iTunes, but it’s probably 3-6 months away. It will be available on DVD in April 2013.As of right now, the episode won’t be available on iTunes, but stay tuned to or for updates.”


Odds and Ends Around The Web:

Greatist’s 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012. I’m flattered to show up at #9.

Gwyneth Paltrow reads The 4-Hour Body? Sweet!

Posted on: January 4, 2013.

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61 comments on “Watch "MeatEater" This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT

  1. Great post Tim! I just started the SCD this week and 90% of the meat I eat is game or fish that I have harvested myself. It is great seeing recognition on the benefits or eating “wild” meat. Congrats on the Caribou, I am looking forward to watching the show.

    Glad you were able to experience hunting from a different perspective and see that we aren’t all beer-can toting disrespectful hunters.

    Will you be doing more episodes with MeatEater? Any future hunts planned?



  2. Love this One. Neither do I eat huge amounts of meat nor am I a vegetarian, but I always thought the only real way to eat meat is if you kill it yourself.

    Would like to experience what you talk about in the first video regarding life and death. I do believe that we are made for eating meat and also killing animals.

    Won’t be able to watch but looking forward to the DVDs.

    Grüße aus Deutschland!


  3. So I subscribe to no TV programming. I have a Roku with netflicks, hulu and have amazon prime. Please consider a web based solution. People are leaving TV providers for a reason.


  4. Too bad the show’s not available for people without those channels. I would love to see the show, hopefully someone makes a torrent or uploads it to Youtube!


  5. Tim,

    After reading a recommendation on your site a few years ago about Strauss’ Emergency, I started prepping.

    Last August, my journey took me to Alaska’s North Slope for a caribou hunt as well! (I was there 8/21-8/28). I was with Arrowhead outfitters and float pilot.

    Incredible learning experience, and tasty meat.

    Thanks for sharing and happy to be travelling parallel paths!



  6. Hey Tim, I’m really looking forward to watching this. I just begun the ‘WILD’ section of the Four Hour Chef (I love the book). I am living in Ireland and would like to know if there is a way for Irish folk to see this? (Before it is uploading to iTunes in a few months time).
    Thanks, Darragh


  7. Hey tim, big fan and ive read everything but the 4 hour chef (and its on my next amazon order). Welcome to the dark side :). As a hunter most of my life, i can tell you that what you described in the beginning of your post (unrecovered deer, litter etc) are not representative of true hunters. There will be times you dont recover game even after being up all night and the next day searching, and it will leave you sick to your stomach, but it happens to everyone eventually (especially if you bowhunt). That said, the guys i hunt with are true stewards of the land, and an inspiration to be around, and the times i spend hunting with friends or just by myself are some of the best times to recall. Maybe a 4hourhunter is next………email me i got ideas lol


  8. Glad to see you change your mind or at least expend it regarding hunting. It is the ONLY way to eat. Before I married my hunting husband I would not eat meat for fear of what it had eaten, how it had been processed and whether it had died without fear. My husband is a world class bow hunter and animals are harvested humanely and their spirits honored. I am a veterinarian and would not have it any other way !! Next time your in CO come for dinner – ever had bear?? Talk about a protein injection!! Love your books love your lifestyle!


  9. Tim,

    Loved the promo vids and really look forward to seeing the show. As an avid outdoorsman I envy the trip to Alaska!

    I was fascinated with your comment in the first video, saying that you felt “more human” after doing this trip than ever. Very interesting, and I know the connection to nature I feel when spending several days flyfishing or in the woods.

    Keep doin what you do man, I and everyone else love it!



  10. It kills me that Meateater isn’t shown on any of the channels I have here in Canada.

    I’ll just have to wait until it comes on DVD like the past 2 seasons.

    Joe Rogan and Tim Ferriss intro’d me to Steven Rinella and it they have opened my eyes on hunting, subsistence living/ hunter-gatherer lifestyles and ways of thinking.

    Look forward to seeing the episode when I get to finally see it!


  11. Mr Ferriss,

    I received “Four Hour Chef” for Christmas (happy Christmas indeed!) and devoured it. Ossa “buko” is happening tomorrow, after I complete this binge day. *stuffs face with moar Bavarian Kreme doughnutty goodness*

    The amazing material you continue to put out, both in your blog and in your published material, is doing a bit of a number on my productivity. Most sincere thanks for what you are doing.

    Liebe Grüße,


  12. Hey Tim,
    How cool that you got to have that experience. I had a friend turn veggie after realizing he didn’t like to kill animals.

    I also had a thought about gardening and farming. Do you think home gardening is so addictive because it also taps into the same primal intuition as hunting? Do a lot of the hunters you know also grow food?



  13. Two of my favorite personalities on the same show! Tim, I was stoked when I saw the promo for Meat Eater with you as guest. I have followed you for years and been taping and watching Meat Eater since the first show – awesome! Great shot – and you may have looked calm but I know that adrenaline was pumping! Welcome to the brotherhood!