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Joe Hulburt
06-06-2012, 07:36 PM
In case anybody is interested.....

I decided to try having some ham made from my spring bear. I just got it back from Willamina Meat and it turned out great! They are a local company that has made us ham and bacon from 4H pigs over the years and since the kids have outgrown 4H I have been craving some of their old fashioned ham.

This is my first experience with bear ham and I am really pleased with the outcome. Flavor is superb! Being as it was an old boar it isn't as tender as a young hog but I will slow cook the big hams with apple cider in the crock pot. Mmmmm!

Total cost was $26! This was one hindquarter from a 300# bear....
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn144/joe222_2008/IMG_4500.jpg

The best ham roast!
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn144/joe222_2008/IMG_4499.jpg

Drhorsepower
06-06-2012, 07:47 PM
Ham on bear is the only way to go IMO! It is just great.

Colorado Cowboy
06-06-2012, 08:26 PM
Several years ago my hunting buddy in California gave me 2 front shoulder from a big boar he killed in the Sierras. I stripped it and made jerky out of it and it was really great. The meat was stringy and lean, just right for jerky.

RUTTIN
06-06-2012, 08:46 PM
Wow that looks good, got my mouth watering.

packer58
06-06-2012, 09:30 PM
That looks really good..............What time's dinner ready !!!!!

Ikeepitcold
06-06-2012, 09:48 PM
Never heard of this. Real cool and sounds tasty!

6mm Remington
06-06-2012, 10:54 PM
I've had bear steaks from several different bears and they were wonderful. Tender, great flavor, and juicy. A buddy also smoked about a 20 pound roast in a smoker for several hours at low temperature and we had it after work one evening. It was incredible! You could not eat enough of it. Bear meat or at least what I've had has been excellent!
David

xtreme
06-07-2012, 08:59 AM
Wish I had known about that.It looks super. I did get my processed hind quarters back from local meat processor ($37) and it is very good. Its lean but I dont find it stringy. Back strap and one front quarter, I left in the freezer in Co. How would you process a fall bear? They should have a lot of fat by sept. I have a license for Ar and Co.

Wild Country
06-07-2012, 11:19 AM
That looks really good and just adds a little more pain for not filling my trag in the Snake this year...I have only used Frontier out of Yamhill but if I manage to punch my fall bear tag I will take to Willamina for some ham. Thanks for giving the place you had it done!

Joe Hulburt
06-07-2012, 12:02 PM
That looks really good and just adds a little more pain for not filling my trag in the Snake this year...I have only used Frontier out of Yamhill but if I manage to punch my fall bear tag I will take to Willamina for some ham. Thanks for giving the place you had it done!

I have used Frontier a lot for beer dogs and summer sausage with great results but they don't smoke hams. I asked them about it last year.

CrimsonArrow
06-07-2012, 02:58 PM
Looks pretty good, maybe I'll go kill a bear.

Jerry
06-07-2012, 04:17 PM
I have used Frontier a lot for beer dogs and summer sausage with great results but they don't smoke hams. I asked them about it last year.
I used to have my hogs processed at Frontier until they had a fire in their smoker and lost several pigs. I had heard they didn't out the smoker back in when they rebuilt.

Wild Country
06-08-2012, 04:17 PM
I used to have my hogs processed at Frontier until they had a fire in their smoker and lost several pigs. I had heard they didn't out the smoker back in when they rebuilt.

I lost a whitetail deer I took in Idaho the year the fire happened and lost all the meat but they made it right for me. They did put a smoker back in but I am not sure if its as big as it was becaseue the last time I had a pig butchered it took longer for the hamd...I guess they could have been busy that month but it is back in!

dihardhunter
07-27-2012, 09:18 PM
I've never eaten bear ham, but that looks ridiculous!

BossBrott
07-28-2012, 09:25 AM
I've never eaten bear ham, but that looks ridiculous!

I too have never tried it, and I pass on a couple bears every year! Now that looks like a good reason to harvest one.

HuntWYODon
07-29-2012, 01:50 PM
I have always thought making sausage or burger out of bear but that looks dam good and a great idea. Now I'm hungry. Thanks...

dito
07-29-2012, 02:26 PM
I've never really had bear meat aside from this sausage that an outfitter gave me. That stuff stunk up my house something fierce! I've also heard bear meat is nasty so I've never bought a tag.

llp
07-31-2012, 03:55 PM
Making hams out of bear meat is fantastic. I've turned the hind quarters of several bears into hams over theyears and every one has been quite good.
llp

jenbickel
07-31-2012, 04:35 PM
Yum!! Now I'm definitely looking forward to September! :) (as if I needed another reason to look forward to September!)