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Wild Hog

Smokin' TSmokin' T Posts: 259
edited 8:28AM in EggHead Forum
I've been offered a 17-20 lb ham from a wild pig (sow).
My question is, can I cook it like a boston butt? Should it be brined and, if so, for how long? What is the recipe for the brine? It has been bled in ice water and now it is frozen. What are the steps to cook this properly?
I have never cooked anything wild. Thanks in advance for the response.

Dunedin, Fl


  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,867
    I can't comment of any wild pig. The closest I've had was an organic pig. That ham came from an animal that got a bit of roaming, so the flesh was both denser and leaner. I cooked the uncured ham like a roast, 350 to an internal of 165. Was very tasty, and the flesh was quite firm.

    I've found brining pieces like heart and tongue greatly reduces any musty flavor. I'd suppose that a day in brine would not hurt.

    If the ham does not have much fat, going lo-n-slo may just dry it out, even if brined. Perhaps injecting later in the cook, when internal temp is Or, cut it into175 -180 would help. Or, do the classic procedure amd thread the meat with lardons, strips of bacon fat.

    Or, cut it into "steaks" and grill the slices fast and hot.
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