Jess Pryles wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could. She grew up a city girl in Melbourne, Australia, but a visit to Austin, Texas in 2008 and her first taste of Texas barbecue forever changed her life trajectory. She is now an internationally recognized live fire cook, author, meat expert and Hardcore Carnivore. She moved to Texas for good in 2015. Her interest in all things meat led to her first hunting experience, right here in Texas. She now hunts for white-tailed deer every year and loves to process her own venison.

There are so few opportunities in our hectic fast-paced lives to slow down. When I’m in a deer blind, there’s nothing to distract me but nature and my surroundings. It’s a unique combination of concentration and meditation. Watching the sun come up. Being hyper-aware of every stick and branch, and how they change as the light does. I don’t have any other experience like that, where you are staring at one vista for hours, looking for any movement. It’s zen-like for me. And it fascinates me.

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