Wild Boar shoulders are best when either ground/diced or braised. Because they are so lean, they are not recommended for most roasted shoulder applications. However, they can be used as a great pork shoulder substitute in any braised shoulder recipes, including pulled pork.
BBQ sauces and rubs meant for conventional pork will work, but the nuanced, sweet nutty taste of wild boar also opens other possibilities commonly used when cooking game meats. Wild boar meat pairs well with rich, fruity flavors like red wine, prunes, brandy, and apples. Herbs and spices frequently used with wild boar include rosemary, thyme, and the always game meat friendly juniper berries.
Wild Boar Recipes
Recommended Cooking Temps:
The USDA recommends that all wild-caught game be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
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