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    Had our First Bear Meat.

    Yesterday we had a bear "net" roast. For those who do not know, that is seasoned cubed bear meat that is stuffed into netting.

    Cooked it in a slow cooker with olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, honey, chicken broth and pinch of ground ginger.

    Man was it GOOD. Meat came form a smallish 146 lb bear my buddy shot this year. Made a bit of gravy from the liquid in the slow cooker and added a bit of teriyaki and Worcestershire sauce. Baked potatoes and corn rounded it out.
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    That sounds good! Does cubing it tenderize it? Or is to speed up cooking or what?
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    cubing does a few things. It allows you to take a rougher piece of meat and first trim it down better. then it allows the heat to work on breaking down the toughness a bit better but mostly it allows more of your meat to be in contact with the spices. I used to do it a lot but not much anymore. I get enough wild game that I can use the tougher cuts for burger and my roasts are pretty much pure red meat and because its just the wife and I they don't have to be all that big to begin with.
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    That sounds delicious! The only bear that I ever had was done like a beef stew.

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    My mother was and is the best bear cook.. and my favorite was Corned bear... she would corn the large roasts, and we would eat corned Bear meat sandwiches on her home made bread with mustard... I am drooling at 0400 am.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markopolo View Post
    My mother was and is the best bear cook.. and my favorite was Corned bear... she would corn the large roasts, and we would eat corned Bear meat sandwiches on her home made bread with mustard... I am drooling at 0400 am.....
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    My buddy harvested a bear 2 seasons ago. He said it tasted like *** no matter what way it was cooked. Even mixed with other meats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfoxinc View Post
    My buddy harvested a bear 2 seasons ago. He said it tasted like *** no matter what way it was cooked. Even mixed with other meats.
    I heard the same thing. With all the positive posts here maybe some are not cleaning or preparing correctly. No bear in my state, but there is just north of me. I have an aquaintenance that shot a smallish black bear on an out of state hunt. I will ask him about the meat next time I talk to him.
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    Bear meat is and aquired taste. One I never got. I won't shoot one just so I don't have to eat it and if a friend does, I refuse to take any just to they can enjoy the entire thing.
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    Some may laugh at me. I eat all kinds of wild game and have eaten bear many times but am not a big fan. Its not that it tastes bad its that when I grew up and was a teenager we had an open dump outside of town that we use to go to to shoot varmints. Place was lousy with bear in the evening and I watched them eating and rolling in maggots and trash and just consider them a very dirty animal. I know a wild bear in the woods is a bit cleaner in its habbits but they still will eat maggot infested meat if they find a carcass and are much more prone to parasites then most wild game. For the most part when I shoot one I either make sausage with it using a cure or give it away. When I worked I had a partner that just loved bear meat. he had standing offer to me that if I gave him my bear he would give me two butchered deer after deer season. He got a lot of them. I made out because I got more meat and didn't even have to butcher it. He made out because he did taxidermy on the side and could sell the bear rugs he made and his family like bear meat more then they did deer.
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    Bear meat is and aquired taste. One I never got. I won't shoot one just so I don't have to eat it and if a friend does, I refuse to take any just to they can enjoy the entire thing.
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    Black bear is meh... had brown bear in AK at my nephews. Wow! Is that tasty stuff!

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    I had bear steak and roast at a wild game banquet I went to earlier this year. First time for bear, and it was good. The roast was not as good. Dunno if it was just the way it was cooked or the way it had been stored. The steak was amazing though. Flavor and texture was great.

    I might add, it was black bear, and the taste of the steak was very similar to beef. Where as the roast was about halfway between beef and elk in my estimation.
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    Are you all happy now? Sitting here, mouth watering, hungry again! Gotta head for kitchen!

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    bear does have a flavor (or lack of flavor) closer to beef then venison. You could feed someone a bear roast claiming it was beef and easily fool them. Mostly because bear fat is palatable and venison isn't.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bazoo View Post
    I had bear steak and roast at a wild game banquet I went to earlier this year. First time for bear, and it was good. The roast was not as good. Dunno if it was just the way it was cooked or the way it had been stored. The steak was amazing though. Flavor and texture was great.

    I might add, it was black bear, and the taste of the steak was very similar to beef. Where as the roast was about halfway between beef and elk in my estimation.
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    I have tried eating black bear meat from every one I killed or someone in our party killed. All I can say is yuck, lol. Spring bear, fall bear that been eating berries, they were all disgusting.
    I am glad the OP found a good tasting one. They have to be pretty rare.
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    One thing about eating bear, don't cook it rare! Those rascals carry more parasites than any pig ever did. My dad hunted them and liked eating them... So, I have eaten it before, and it wasn't anything that I'd write home about. I would like to try some that someone's mother, or great aunt cooked that was really good eating. I think sometimes there's an art to cooking certain things. Bear must be one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minerat View Post
    Bear meat is and aquired taste. One I never got. I won't shoot one just so I don't have to eat it and if a friend does, I refuse to take any just to they can enjoy the entire thing.
    My feelings exactly. I have tried bear meat every way it could be cooked, made into jerky, roasted, etc., and I just can't keep it in my mouth long enough to swallow it!. The more I chew it, the bigger it gets! Spit and sputter and out it goes.

    I wont hunt them as I can't stand to gut them, clean them or eat them.
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    In the late 60's one of our customers, a retired multi millionaire used to travel around different states and hunt. He brought us some bear jerky that was gross tasting. I gave my portion to my dog. On another occasion he brought us his home made sausage made with bear and elk meat that was delicious.

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    I don’t have time to hunt them so I have to rely on my buddies to supply meat. I make summer sausage and smoked hams out of it. Everyone that has tried it seems to like it.

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