Wild Hog, Potatoes, Onions, and Squash – A Frontier Meal!

We killed it… we grew it… we cooked it… we ate it! Hubby killed a wild hog and put it in the smoker on Friday. We dug some new potatoes, onions, and picked yellow crooked-neck squash. Now that is a fresh from the land meal.

This all came about when hubby went to help neighbor check his hog traps. These wild hogs has been causing a lot of damage in the area and are dangerous. We firmly believe that is what killed a couple of our kittens and our neighbors dog.  Imagine the surprise to find 19 hogs in the first trap. Like all wild game, it must be killed and cleaned correctly (I won’t go into detail on these aspects today). Cooking it is a different story!

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Wild boar is extremely low in fat, which means it can dry out easily when fully cooked. Hubby popped this in the smoker (with apple wood) and cooked it for several hours. Since it was a little dry, I decided to cook the back strap and a slice of ham in the oven with a bit of lemon juice and blackberry syrup (you can get my blackberry syrup recipe HERE ). The rest went to the freezer.

100_4011 Lets say… that turned out good. Now just had to make a visit to the garden for potatoes, onion and squash and we have our frontier meal ready to go.

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Now like I mentioned before, wild meat (especially wild hog) is very low in fat compared to domestic meat. On our second hog, we decided to brine it before we smoked it in order to add extra moisture before smoking.

Moisture will still cook out of your meat, but you will start with more moisture. This did give us a juicier batch of meat. This brine can work on any meat, not just wild game…

Basic Brine Recipe

1 cup of table salt per 1 gallon of water

Subtle flavorings to add are

1/2 cup sugar per 1 gallon of water

You can also add herbs, onions, garlic cloves, bay leaves, and peppercorns.

Stir the salt into the water until it dissolves. You may want to heat the water to make the salt dissolve easier. Cool brine completely before you add the meat.)

Add the meat and allow it soak for several hours in the refrigerator.  Soaking overnight is great if you have the time. When the soak is finished remove the meat from the brine, rinse under cold water and  pat dry. Add your rub/spices and you’re ready to cook.

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Wild hogs cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year in the US. Introducing domestic hogs into the wild for game purposes has been an environmental FAIL. They breed with Russian hogs (brought over years ago by early settlers), and have created a hybrid invasive species. We are now trying to find people who can use these creatures to feed their family… OTHERWISE we will be forced to kill them and let the meat go to waste. We can not return them to the wild. :(

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Have you ever ate exotic  or wild game?

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39 Responses to Wild Hog, Potatoes, Onions, and Squash – A Frontier Meal!

  1. You guys are really hardcore over there LOL! Good for you. I don’t know if I could eat something I had previously seen alive.
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  2. Kathy says:

    Not a huge fan of wild game, but the veggies look amazing. Nice recipe!
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  3. I’ve had quail and deer. Southerners will often hunt for sport and use the meats in dishes. Smothered quail is awesome!
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  4. Kay Adeola says:

    Love wild Boar such a nice meat.I have eaten a lot of wild game I think wild game and game birds taste a lot better than domestically bred.
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  5. Felicia says:

    This all looks so delicious! I especially want some of those potatoes.
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  6. aimee fauci says:

    We have been.. or I should say MY husband has been really wanting to purchase a smoker since we sold his before we moved. This might be a great reason to buy another one.
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  8. melinda says:

    living off the land is amazing. I heard wild hogs are very dangerous
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  9. Lori says:

    I don’t know if I could eat that. The veggies sound good though.
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  10. Thanks for the informative post. I was not aware of how to cook wild hog. The veggies sound good.
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  11. Jaime says:

    I’m impressed. I’ve attended pig pickings before, but I’ve never seen the animal alive beforehand, nor did the person have to catch the wild animal for the dinner.
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  12. Wow 19 in the first trap! Looks like y’all had a great feast!
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  13. Some of my family members are what I call hunter gatherers. Meaning, they hunt to feed their family. I also have family members who are farmers and raise what they eat. Some of it I don’t mind, but there is a lot I would rather just let someone else have. I am really picky when it comes to my meat.
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  14. This looks so delicious! We love deer meat, especially in chili. So good!
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  15. I’ve never had wild boar but we may be having it next year… My husband and brother want to go out of state with some friends who hunt them. I have had quail, dove, elk, deer, and bear. Some of it is an acquired taste, for sure, but it always helps to have an awesome recipe!
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  16. Dawn says:

    That’s really amazing. I love the idea of living off the land, taking only what you need when you need it. Some people may find hunting or raising animals for meat barbaric, but I’ve seen documentaries on the way food animals are treated in this country. Trust me, the hog and the chicken you kill and eat have a much better life.
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  17. Mmm, the lemon juice and blackberry syrup sound like they complimented the boar meat perfectly. I’ve never had boar. Just the sound of it seems so wild!
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  18. Pam says:

    My dad used to hunt wild hogs in south Georgia. Even though he’s hunted a bear before (it was attacking farms in the area), he always said that wild hogs were the most dangerous animals he had come across. At least they taste good if cooked right!

  19. Shell says:

    I’ve never had wild boar. I think it’s awesome to eat the food that you grew (and killed).
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  20. Christie says:

    I definitely have NOT had wild game before. You made it tasty looking
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  21. Candy O. says:

    Love it!! It’s called living off the land! Fabulous!! We get the hogs my dad hunts processed. That counts right? ;)
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  22. Theresa says:

    My aunt had a hog roast at her wedding. I am not sure if it was a wild hog or not. Never thought to ask.
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  23. Liz Mays says:

    I’m afraid it’s outside my comfort zone as is all game. I’m silly that way!
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  24. Veronica says:

    I don’t eat meat, but I am not sure I could hunt and then eat it. That would be pretty different for me
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  25. WOW>.. 19 hogs! that is crazy. I have never had wild hog. Not so sure if I want to try it.
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  26. Wow – what a meal! I don’t know if I would be able to eat this much!
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  27. This looks like a nice, hearty, and wholesome meal! Yum!!
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  28. Char W. says:

    This reminds me of how I grew up. Getting back to your roots and the basics is good for everyone! Love it!

  29. Tami says:

    I’ve never had wild hog, but I would definitely try it if given the chance.
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  30. I’ve never had wild hog before! Those veggies look delicious though.
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  31. Rosey says:

    That’s a good tip on the brine. I’m glad you had some good eatin’ going on over there. :)

  32. Potatoes, onions and squash. I’d never thought to put them together.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had wild hog before either!
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  33. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Thanks for sharing your brine recipe. I’ve never made anything in a brine but see if on cooking shows all the time!

  34. Amanda H. says:

    You caught 19 hogs at once?!?! That’s a whole lot of hog – I’d love to try it!
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  35. Oh goodness- I am a food wimp! I know they are animals- I just need my meat prepped and ready- also read as “unidentifiable”
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  36. My husband hunts, so we have venison, but I also order wild boar from a guy down in Texas. We love that flavor and it is so lean being that they are wild and running around all of the time.
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  37. Ummmmm, WOW! The frontier is a bit much for me, but I’ll partake in the meal if I don’t see the animal. I think. lol
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  38. amberm says:

    OMG YUM! Totally jealous all of this food !

  39. Debbie L. says:

    Looks tasty – I have never had wild hog meat. I would not have thought it would be so dry. I hope you find families that will take the time to process the hogs to eat – it is terrible that there are so many people in the US hungry and the meat might go to waste.

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