In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with my friend Christian Spinillo about getting into the craft of making salami and other dry-cured sausages. We discuss equipment, sanitation, good books to read on the subject, we walk you through the whole process.
There is a problem with smoked duck: You have spent all this time to smoke a duck or goose, but most of the best meat is in the breast. After you eat that, what then? Make this soup. It makes the best use of the leftovers and is easy to make.
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with Chef Randy King of Idaho, a friend and hunting partner of mine, about all things rabbit: From hunting and cleaning them to cooking techniques, so-called “rabbit sickness” and especially the unloved jackrabbit.
Chocolomo. I just love saying the name. It’s a Mexican stew made with beef or venison, and it is amazing. The flavor is so deep and rich you just want to keep eating it. The secret? Char. There’s a whole lotta blackening going on here, and the result is a revelation.
The moment I shot my first javelina, I knew I needed to make cochinita pibil. My instincts were not wrong. This is slow cooked, pulled meat (normally pork) marinated in citrus and achiote (annato) paste. Damn good on tortillas with pickled red onions.
Why people hate on javelina I have no idea. They are excellent eating, and the infamous stink gland on their back is very easy to dispense with. Here’s what you need to know about cooking your “skunk pig.”
I would never have thought to do this recipe if it weren’t for my friend Jesse Griffiths in Texas, who does this with his blue-winged teal ducks. My version is different, more desert Southwest, but I am really happy with it. Great for dinner parties or for weeknight portions made on the weekend.
Cooking wild game is an exercise in dealing with variability. Every animal is different, and to bring out the best in your wild game you must come to terms with it.