I loves me some chicken fried steak. And I try to make it a point to have some in my travels across the states. I’ve not yet found what I would call the Cadillac of chicken fried steaks, but I’ve sure had some tasty meals in my search.
Now there’s one cowboy’s chicken fried I’m eager to try, cuz if you can beat Bobby Flay in a head to head throw down, I’m bet’n it’s gonna be the best I’ve ever had.
Sum y’all may’ve never hear of him, but he sure seems to be a household name round the cowboy culture.
Okay hoe’d up. Let me reboot. Trying to write in a cowboyish tone is giv’n me a headache.
Kent Rollins, rather cowboy Kent Rollins, is a bonafide chuckwagon cook, and if watching his videos don’t put you in a bushcrafting mood, I’m not quite sure what else will.
Born and raised near Hollis Oklahoma, Kent has been a cowboy all his life. He’s…. Ah hell let me just provide the blurb from his website, kentrollins.com
Kent Rollins is from a lost period in time and a dying state of mind, when life was simple and character was king.
Kent was born and raised along the banks of the Red River near Hollis, Oklahoma. Growing up, and throughout his adulthood, Kent helped his father manage cow/calf operations in the area while also taking care of their own herd.
At the beginning of Kent’s cooking career, he spent time with his uncle guiding and feeding hunters deep in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. From there he bought a chuck wagon in 1993 and began cooking for ranches and soon expanded into catering. Because of Kent’s growing popularity and his preservation of a historic way of life, the governor of Oklahoma proclaimed Kent the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma in 1996.
Kent has since made numerous television appearances including the Food Network’s highly rated shows, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, where he beat Flay with his chicken fried steak, Chopped Grill Masters and Chopped Redemption. He also holds an undefeated record on NBC’s Food Fighters and most recently was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.
Along with slinging hash, Kent has also become pretty good at slinging bull. Kent travels the country to western heritage festivals to tell his tales. Kent’s talent has earned him the Best Cowboy Humorist and Storyteller of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
Kent’s ability to not only cook but to transport folks to another time through vivid stories of cow camps and the cowboy life is yet another way that he is a truly unique character. Along with the stage and the trail, Kent’s food and stories can be experienced each month inWestern Horseman magazine where he and Shannon contribute a column and recipe.
Kent and his wife, Shannon, continue to travel the country feeding hungry folks and those intrigued by their distinct and historic way of life. However, more importantly, Kent carries on the legacy of cooking for cowboys on ranches during spring and fall gatherings, a rare tradition few follow.
Kent and Shannon released their first cookbook, A Taste of Cowboy, in April 2015. It became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon and is listed in the “Top 100 Cookbooks To Own in a Lifetime.”
Back to the Chicken Fried Steak.
So, I came across Kent the same way a lot of people come across other random things on the internet, clicking your way through links while you’re going down the rabbit hole. I wasn’t looking for chicken fried steak or anything of the sort, but when the you tube suggestion appeared, along with video link image, I was intrigued enough to view it. Of course, that viewing led me to go to Kent Rollins website, which lead me to Amazon, which, well, you know, led me further down the rabbit hole.
Now, I haven’t made his Chicken fried yet, but this is the video which I first saw of his. I encourage you to cast it to your TV, so you can enjoy it in it’s high def glory. I hope you enjoy it.
Now excuse me, I’m gonna go heat up the dutch oven.