View Full Version : I ain't afraid of no Bear . . .

01-10-2015, 07:39 PM
. . . cooking it, that is. Here is some pron; from field to table to wall :heh:

My brother Brian dropped this 424 lb Black Bear in northwestern Wisconsin last fall. {I believe it took five men to move it 100 yds to a road, even with a sled and 4-wheeler}

I offered to smoke two roasts for him. I trimmed minimally, rubbed with my typical BBQ rub and into the smoke for three hours at 250.




After three hours, I foiled in pans with a bit of broth and then let them chug along until they probed tender with an IT of 205. I included pictures of both finished roasts, as the amount of pullback and the size of the scapula kinda freaked me out.:shocked:



It pulled rather well and the two 6lb roasts yielded 6 lbs of smoked/shredded bear for my brother to enjoy over the next few months. Hope he has more roasts for me to play with/smoke for him in spring as he works his way through his chest freezer.

My 12 year old daughter walked past knowing what it was, snitched a piece, and shrugged her shoulders and said if tasted like beef, and walked off. :clap2: Maybe i got lucky; UMMV.

Proud papa, and happy Brother!

Now, thanks to his accommodating wife, they have a new addition to the family:

Congrats Brian, on your Trophy!!!:clap:

Big George's BBQ
01-10-2015, 07:44 PM
Very nice. There is no way my wife would allow that to hang on the wall

01-10-2015, 07:51 PM
Nice story, nice cook. Did you try it too?

01-10-2015, 07:58 PM
I delivered it at our christmas celebration and a clan of over 20 got to try it, and everyone just loved it! It wasn't gamey, and it didnt need brining or a red-wine soak, etc.

In hind sight I should have told him to get the fat from the butcher, so I could render it, but I never thought it would be quite this tasty!

Hmmm, now would that be considered Lard or Tallow, your guess is as good a mine.

Thanks for looking folks!

01-10-2015, 08:32 PM
Very nice ,

01-10-2015, 08:37 PM
Pulled bear. Fark yeah!!

01-10-2015, 08:55 PM
Nice!! Did it taste like beef to you?

01-10-2015, 08:57 PM
I wonder if I could try to eat that, being so foreign to me and such.
it looks Dark?
Is it sweet?

01-10-2015, 09:38 PM
I have heard bear described a number of different ways. Gamey, greasy, sweet, etc.

I thought it tasted just like pulled beef. it was not sweet, although my rub has a bit of brown sugar in it.

Yes, before cooking the meat was super dark Red. I was on pins and needles on this cook.

Thanks AussieTitch

01-10-2015, 09:44 PM
Heck yeah....I want some too!

01-10-2015, 09:55 PM
I wonder if I could try to eat that, being so foreign to me and such.
it looks Dark?
Is it sweet?
What about Thylarctos plummetus?

01-10-2015, 10:01 PM
Darned right, would love to eat some bear! The rendered fat is supposed to be really outstanding. Cowgirl uses it to cook with, maybe she knows if it is considered tallow, I would think so.

01-10-2015, 10:35 PM
Looks like you nailed it!

The one time I've had bear it had been grilled and was tough and did taste gamey. Sounds like you respected the bear and prepared the meat properly.

01-11-2015, 12:06 AM
Great post and a fitting end to Yogi, who by his size had a few to many picnic baskets. Bear is one of the last two notches I have to check off on the NA big game bucket list with a Big Hornbeign the other.

Bacon Weakling
01-11-2015, 04:26 AM
It's too bad he didn't get the fat from the butcher- I've seen it for $35/5# Tub!