Wild Recipes

BBQ Bear

Article contributed by J. Kirchner.

Every time I hear something like, “bear is inedible” and “you can’t eat bears” I almost cringe.  Black bears offer fantastic table fare if taken care of properly in the field and prepared properly in the kitchen.  The recipe in this article is SUPER easy, delicious, and is sure to make a believer out of anyone that says “you can’t eat bears.”  I do want to say real quick that bear meat absolutely needs to be cooked well done, due to the fact that they can carry trichinosis, similar to pork.  Trichinosis dies immediately at 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Follow that rule, and you will be fine.  On to the recipe!


  • 2-3 pound bear roast
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper chopped
  • 2 cans of Hatch green chili
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 container of vegetable/beef stock

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  1. Start off by placing your thawed out bear roast in a crock pot.  Fill the pot up with either vegetable or beef stock until the roast is covered.  Add in your red onion, red pepper, yellow pepper, and 2 cans of Hatch green chili.  Set your crock pot on high and leave it be for 8-9 hours.  At this point, the meat should be about 200-220 degrees on the inside.
  2. Extract the roast from the crock pot and place on a tray of some sort.  Now, you are going to want to shred the meat as best as you can.  You can purchase claws for this purpose, but 2 forks work just fineBBQ Bear
  3. Once the meat is all shredded up, use a strainer and pour the remaining liquid in the crock pot through it to catch all of your veggies and chili.  Add those back into the pot, along with the shredded meat.  Grab your favorite BBQ sauce and add that into mix.  Be mindful of how much you put in, so you aren’t asking yourself if you’d like some bear with that BBQ sauce.  Stir until the meat is completely covered with the sauce.  Slap it on a hamburger/hot dog bun and ENJOY!BBQ Bear


About the Author
Josh KirchnerJosh Kirchner is the voice behind Dialed in Hunter, a blog that not only documents his own journey, but provides gear reviews, tips/tactics for western hunting, and encourages other hunters to chase and achieve their goals.  Josh is a passionate bowhunter that has been hunting with his family since he was a small boy, and for the last three years has been eating, sleeping, and breathing the hunting lifestyle.  When he is not chasing elk, deer, bear, and javelina through the diverse Arizona terrain, he is spending time with his wife, two herding dogs, and mischievous cat.

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