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Bear Jerky???

Does anyone have a recipe for bear jerky? I have heard you can make it, but dont know if I believe it, pretty greasy stuf, cant imagine it would taste good.

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I made some and it was great. After it was all gone I found out that you never want to eat bear meat that isn't cooked. I dehydrated it. Cry
I didn't get sick but I can't say that everyone that ate it didn't get the runs Think

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If you're ever worried about making jerky and not having brought the meat up to the proper temp, you can always (after drying it), put it in an oven at about 250 for an hour or so and know that the jerky has been "cooked" at a high enough temp. Usually for beef, deer & elk, I don't get too worried about it, but for meat that carries potential organisms that only heat can kill, I would definitely go for at least 160 degrees all the way through the meat. This would include any type of poultry, waterfowl, pork and bear. Have heard of people using mountain lion too, that also should be brought up to the proper temp.

You lucked out Fuzzybear, the bear you got must have been healthy.

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Cowgal

This is my first post in this thread. I think you meant Hunter 777 but, thanks for the head up on the bear meat jerky. I may try that some day.

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Bear Jerky???

I have made it and the flavor is great, but won't do it again and don't reccomend it.

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Ooops... Oops!

Sorry about that Fuzzy, I was in a hurry and for some reason thought it was you that had posted.

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Re: Bear Jerky???
minnlegacy wrote:
Does anyone have a recipe for bear jerky? I have heard you can make it, but dont know if I believe it, pretty greasy stuf, cant imagine it would taste good.

The last Bear jerky I ate was just as good as the Elk jerky I make.

The thinner pieces taste better, & the thicker pieces are more venesin tasting.

Lemon pepper & salt , plus properly cut bear meat like mabye 1/4 inch thick with a slicer or with a knife, & remove the fat off the edges.

You will ruin your jerky if you put to much salt.

Then either dehydrate or hang your meat until it's ready.

Josh

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I make bear flats every year and they turn out awesome i get about 50 pounds of my bear made into it and its awesome specially eating jerky in your stand while your waiting for another.

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Do you guys just dehydrate it or do you cook it? The jerky I made was very tasty but I heard later on that it had to be cooked above a certain temp (I don't remember the temp)

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Bear Jerky???

What is the best way to process a bear?
Steaks, roasts, chops, or grind into sausage. This is my first bear have heard that the meat is either really good or bad. It's in the freezer cut into quarters

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Usually there are options as to what can be done with your bear, if you pay for someone to take care of & cut up your bear nice & neat for you. There should be a menu as to what they can do for you, as in sausage etc! Some people I have talked to, have talked about there bear meat frying story's. One of them would be mixing bear meat with pork, when frying it. I ate bear jerky about 5 years ago,& it was very delicous. What I thought was good, my brother thought to be very venison.

If it was my bear, it have all the meat that can be made into jerky strips done, then the rest ground bear meat.

This way, if you want sausage, you can choose to mix your bear meat with an allready made sausage from the store. A small grinder to mix existing bear meat with what ever you want should make good food if all's done well.

Also thin cut strips of bear as in 1/4 inch thick seasoned with either pepper & salt or lemon pepper & salt should make for a delicous jerky snack..

Josh

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