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Ham from wild pig

Smokin' TSmokin' T Posts: 259
edited 10:41PM in EggHead Forum
Can anyone help on what method to use when cooking a ham from a wild pig? It came from a sow, was bled in ice,and now it is frozen. Questions are...Can it be done like a BB? Should it be brined? If brined what is the recipe for the brine? Temps? Should it be cooked like a regular ham? :(

Thanks for any help.

Dunedin, Fl


  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,438
    Can't say from experience, but will comment based on some general principles. Most wild game will be tougher, due to the exercise the animal had. Will also be tastier as a result. So lo-n-slo would be the way to go for a tender result. (I did an organic fresh Ham last christmas, and the flesh was considerably more firm than standard hams.) Brining would not hurt. At least it would reduce any bloody taste, and might add a bit more moisture. The additional moisture would be helpful if there isn't a lot of fat on the ham. The classic remedy for too little fat is to thread some fat "lardons" into the flesh.

    Slow smoked wild pig was where BBQ got its start, so I'd have to think that you will have good results.
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    It will be very lean like a pork loin with little or no fat.I would cook it at 350° until internal temp reaches 140° to 145°let rest 30 minutes then slice and serve.Hope this helps.

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