Another question we often get asked is “Can you eat the meat?” Our answer is always the same which is “of course!” Wild hog meat is extremely versatile as well as tasty. It’s very lean and the possibilities of what to make with it are almost endless. From ground hog meat and ribs to the tenderloins we don’t leave any meat on the hog! We also have brats and Italian or breakfast sausages…depending on our mood…made out of some of the larger wild hogs. It’s tasty and we highly recommend it!
Wild hog meat is considered an exotic meat and is very expensive. So hold out your little finger when you eat it. Lololol It’s much cheaper to come hunt…and make memories…and have your hog processed than it is to go to the grocery store to enjoy this exotic meat. For instance, to purchase the wild hog meat at a store it would cost you anywhere from $13 a pound for ground wild hog to $34 a pound for the tenderloin. That’s per pound! Per pound! Hunting your Texas wild hog is much more affordable and fun so come to the ranch and fill your freezers for a fraction of the cost!
We have a friend Dave who came to hunt with us several years ago. We see him almost every year at the Denver ISE show and he always brightens my day. Years ago he started sending me recipes to use when I cooked for hunters. Nowadays we are so busy that we offered up a full kitchen in the lodge with all the pots and pans, utensils, stove, grill, refrigerators you would need to cook all your own meals. BUT what I did get from Dave was a huge stack of recipes…most of which I have really enjoyed over the years. Our hunters have as well. What I like about his recipes is that they leave a bit of “wiggle room” to allow me to add authenic Texas spices to give it a quick kick.
Sometimes our hunters can’t fit all their meat into their cooler to take home so we usually take the leftovers. Well, we have a freezer full but we never let it go to waste! I’d like to share one of my favorite recipes from Dave that I use with wild hog meat. I use a slow cooker but you could also use the ever popular Instapot sold on Amazon or just about any home store these days. Both are very forgiving…just use your preference…as is the recipe. If you don’t have for instance, carrots then add potatoes. Use what’s in the refrigerator! I think this is the perfect recipe of cooking wild hog meat.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Wild hog shoulder or chunk of wild hog meat about 6 pounds
- Olive oil or canola oil to coat the meat (makes the seasoning stay on the meat)
- 2 TBS of steak seasoning of any kind (I use a seasoning named Krippled Kids Steak Walk made by one of our hunters…it’s award winning! Thank you Jason Mazanec!)
- 3 carrots roughly chopped
- 2 small onions roughly chopped
- 1 bunch of cilantro (again Texas spices here)
- 5 cloves of garlic
- Can of rotel tomatoes
- Splash of whiskey
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- Splash of tabasco or some kind of hot sauce
Step 1: Take the chunk of meat and rub oil and seasoning on very liberally. Set aside to marinate.
2. Cut vegetables and place in the bottom of your cooker
3. Heat a skillet with a bit of olive oil and sear all sides of your meat
4. Mix the whiskey, canned Rotel , tabasco and brown sugar together in a bowl
5. Place meat and the ingredients in the bowl in the cooker on top of the veggies
6. Cook on low for approximately 8 hours…I always cook it overnight
7. Your meat should be fork tender and ready to eat!
You can eat wild pulled hog meat…pulled pork… on sandwiches topped with coleslaw or over rice. If you’re low carb like we try to be it’s great in a lettuce wrap. If you’re a true Texan you’re going to want to wrap this tender, tasty meat in a tortilla! If you’re not a Texan….try it on a tortilla and I bet you’ll be hooked!