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Netflix & Grill: Date night in with grilling, country jams, Western gold

Netflix & Grill: Date night in with grilling, country jams, Western gold

Aaron Wetli
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Welcome back to Netflix and Grill, where we piece together some grub, a boozy drink, an album and a streaming show or movie. Along the way, we plug the local establishments that make Columbus shine. Today we are going to Big Sky Country to watch Yellowstone, listen to singing cowboy Ryan Bingham, drink a Four Strings and make a Venison Burger with a side of sweet potato fries and green beans.
Let’s earn our branding and get started!


We are going to get a little fancy with our grub, so let’s keep a low key, cowboy vibe with a Hilltop Lager Light. This tasty and refreshing drink compliments most grilled items, doesn’t pull any punches and is great around the campfire after a long day of cattle rustlin’. Or a long day in your air conditioned cubicle. Same difference.
Let’s spin some tunes and get to grilling.


This pairing was a no brainer as one of Yellowstone’s gue cast members is Ryan Bingham, an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist who wrote the music for the 2009 hit movie, Crazy Heart. If you haven’t seen that flick, find a way to stream it. You won’t be disappointed.

We are going to focus on Bingham’s 2007 Lost Highway release, Mescalito. Per Bingham usual, Mescalito has country ballads, bluesy rockers and dirty and grimy riffs that would sound at home on an album by The Highwaymen.

Traditional country tales of lost loves, love for the bottle and bottled up emotions, doesn’t quite make this album Alt Country Canon, but does make for a good time.

Mescalito doesn’t reinvent the alt country wheel, but it doesn’t have to. Just give it a spin on your next cattle drive.



In honor of the beautiful nature and backdrops featured in Yellowstone, we are going to make a Venison Burger and for good measure, top it with a black cherry jam and goat cheese. And just to prove that I am a city slicker, let’s add a side of sweet potato fries and green beans from the Worthington Farmers Market.

The bacon and venison were purchased at Mosley’s Meat Market in Hilliard – a high quality butcher shop that puts the emphasis on local while also selling more exotic meats including venison, bison and elk.

Venison Burgers


  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 1 beaten egg (for binding)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 pound cooked thick cut bacon (the bacon will add a nice texture while reducing the gamey flavor of the venison)
  • Buns of choice (I chose Hawaiian)
  • Goat cheese (rich flavor and creamy texture)
  • Grape Jam (sweet flavor)


  • Cook bacon to about 80% completion, let cool and cut into small pieces
  • Thoroughly mix bacon, venison, bread crumbs, egg and Worcestershire
  • Form patties, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
  • Place patties on preheated 350 degree grill, close lid and cook at 6 minutes per side
  • Place patties on buns and top with goat cheese and jam

Sweet Potato Fries


  • 2
  • large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into fries/wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line up fries/wedges on baking pan
  • Drizzle with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle with Kosher salt, Paprika and Cinnamon
  • Insert into oven for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through

Farmer’s Market Green Beans


  • ½ lb green beans, halved and ended
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprinkle of Garlic Salt


  • Turn stovetop burner to medium
  • Add green beans
  • Top with olive oil and garlic
  • Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

There you have it, cowpoke. Enjoy!


Yellowstone is Paramount Television’s (formerly Spike TV) foray into the television landscape.

Produced by and starring Kevin Costner and written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water), Yellowstone is an over the top, action packed, trashy and fun romp akin to The Godfather meeting The Young and The Restless in Big Sky country.

It breaks down like this: John Dutton (Costner) is a widowed, rancher who runs the largest ranch in the country, Yellowstone. Like The Godfather’s Don Corleone, Dutton faces challenges with keeping his family together and his business out of the hands of his enemies.

However, instead of fighting off mafia rivals in New York, Dutton must fight off land developers and indigenous tribal chiefs against the beautiful backdrop of Montana.

Borrowing from The Godfather, the Dutton family dynamic is as follows: Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) is Michael Corleone – a war hero son with a conflicted conscious who is the logical heir to the family throne. Like Michael, Kayce marries a teacher who is wary of the family business.

Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) is Connie Corleone, the hard drinking daughter and apple of her father’s eye and who just happens to be more ruthless than any of her brothers.

Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) is Fredo Corleone, the bumbling and loving son who fails at improving the family interests.

Lee Dutton (Dan Annanble) is Sonny Corleone, the ill-tempered oldest child who has trouble seeing the big picture and quick to violelence.

Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) is Tom Hagan, the quasi-adopted son of the boss, who for all practical purposes is the Dutton family consigliere.

As the Dutton family struggles to present a united front against their enemies, skeletons emerge from closets, vendettas are born and characters die. Lots of characters. However, if you like over the top violence, gratuitous nudity and unbelievable soap opera like side plots, Yellowstone is the show for you.

Yellowstone is available to stream with a subscriptions to Philo, Sling TV or DirectTV Now and by going to for a one time, 24 hour pass.


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