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my Wild Boar is angry, how to cook to tenderness ?

Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 08:29 AM

Every time I cook wild boar (tried twice), by the time it reaches the proper internal temp (130 to 140 after removal from oven & resting period)...it's tough like leather.

Is this a slow-cook meat, or a quick sear/broil ?
If the cut is thick, (like a rack), it needs some decent cooking time.

This stuff is expensive, and if I can't get it right....I quit.


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    foiegras RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Wouldn't you braise it? I have only had it in restaurants, never cooked it myself ...

    1. BobB RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 10:21 AM

      I'd go with a slow braise, and be sure to save some of it to grind up and make a ragu (which is also slow-braised, now that I think about it...)

      1. Rubee RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 11:30 AM

        I've only cooked with it once, but braised it in a tomato sauce until it was fall-apart tender and served it as a ragu.

        Details and pics here:
        Wild Boar Ragu

        1. mcf RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 11:41 AM

          When it was offered to me in a restaurant once, the server told me in advance that it could often be very tough and they wouldn't know til it was cooked, so they made the offer of a replacement entree ahead of time. I think it's a typical characteristic/risk with wild boar meat.

          I'd quit, too. :-)

          1. bgazindad RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 12:28 PM


            The site above is from a hunters site. Wild pigs in California are part European boar so the meat should be similar.

            1. todao RE: Freq Band Feb 3, 2010 12:34 PM

              I cook the thinner more tender pieces with a quick sear and avoid overcooking. The larger pieces, those that come from the large muscles that are constantly working to support/transport the animal, I cook a very long time at a braise.

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