2 July 2007
What Does Bear Meat Taste Like?
I wish I could answer that question, but I can’t exactly. I can say, unequivocally, that it doesn’t taste anything like “Chicken”! We grilled our first bear steaks last night and I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had some adventurous company over. I’ve had bear before and it was good, but this particular bear of which we would be partaking was a 15 year old boar black bear. I wasn’t expecting too much. However, I was in for a big suprise.
We grilled the steaks (which were thick backstrap) for about 6 minutes per side at about 550 degrees. The finished product was a perfect medium rare with a pink middle. The meat was wonderful. Not only was it delicious, it was amazingly tender. It was as good as any venison steak I’ve ever had. One of our guest commented “I like this more than venison, and I LOVE venison”. My heart goes out to those that declined our invitation to partake in this incredible feast.
Next time, I might not have everything but the backstrap done as summer sausage. Although, the summer sausage (prepared by Jerry’s Meats in Juneau Alaska) is AWESOME too.
Lesson: EAT THAT WILD MEAT!