Episode 4 – Wild Boar Shoulder – Part 1

Using an old-fashioned slow cooker/Dutch oven that can go on top of the stove or in the oven, culinary master-chef, Cameron Tait, provides the trail to understanding the power of properly blended ingredients, including one super-secret ingredient called “star anise”. The blended flavors of apples, sour cherries, molasses, barbecue sauce and a bit of beer (ale), is used to break down the tough cut of a boar shoulder, normally full of tough muscle, but totally flavorful and downright delicate to the taste when cooked this way. Watch and learn!

3 Lb wild boar roast rubbed with salt and pepper
1 onion chopped
one carrot sliced
2 red delicious apples, diced
1 bottle beer, 12oz
8 oz sour cherries with juice
3-4 cups water
3 TBS molasses
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 star anise(whole)

3/4 cup additional BBQ sauce
salt and pepper if necessary.

Add all ingredients and place in a slow cooker, place on high. Wait till the mixture has come to a light simmer, turn on low and cook for a minimum of 8 hours, make sure boar is very tender.
Remove boar, set aside to keep warm.
Reduce remaining liquid by 50%, skim off all remaining fat and impurities and strain, discard solids.
Add 3/4 to one cup of more BBQ sauce, set aside.
Shred the boar into smaller pieces, add the cooled sauce mixture, season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve on a fresh Kaiser or my favorite, focaccia bread.

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