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How to make bear meat breakfast sausage

by owetogrub
bear meat breakfast sausage recipe

Black bear sausage is very tasty and can be used like you would pork or any other breakfast sausage. This is a savory recipe that goes well with a stack of pancakes or french toast with real buttery maple syrup. I like to leave the bear sausage grounded for breakfast scrambles and for breakfast burritos with homemade salsa and tortillas.

The sausage also makes a good hash with potatoes, onions and peppers.  If the sweet and gamey taste of the bear is a bit much, half the recipe with 1 lb. bear meat and 1 lb. pork shoulder.

Black Bear Breakfast Sausge

This is a traditional wild meat breakfast sausage. You can make it with elk, moose, wild boar or any other game meat.

  • 2 lbs. Black Bear Meat (any edible bear is okay)
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground sage
  • 2 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground or fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (use less if you don't want the heat)
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  1. Cut the bear meat into cubes that will grind easily. Mix the dry ingredients together and combine with the bear meat. Place the bear sausage mixture into the freezer and leave until it’s almost frozen, usually around 30 minutes. When the mixture is ready, add the cold water and grind. You can form some patties and cook just like a regular pork breakfast sausage patties or links or use it grounded.

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Carol in Wisconsin December 8, 2020 - 6:36 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe!! We’ve been processing venison and bear, and wanted to try bear in breakfast sausage. It’s our first experience with processing bear, and this recipe is FANTASTIC!!! We used 8# of bear and 7# of pork butt, and I had to leave out thyme because I didn’t have it in the cupboard. We also used our special hot pepper blend that we make from our dried garden peppers in place of crushed red peppers. This is a winner!!!


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