Recipe: Corned Wild Game

by
posted on April 18, 2018
cornedwildgame_lead.jpg

Pickling or corning meat has long been an excellent way to preserve valued protein, and a superb way to turn a tough cut into a tender meal. Corned meat and boiled cabbage is an Irish tradition. Layers of thinly sliced corned meat, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and hot mustard between two pieces of dark rye bread is better known as a Reuben sandwich.

Beef briskets are used to make corned beef found in delicatessens, but hunters need to save the cut of meat off the breastbone of elk, moose or bison to make wild corned meat. If you run out of brisket, you can use round roasts, as the long-grained meat of the rump takes on the same appearance and flavors. Bear hinds make tremendous corned meat, and with the long cooking process, you never have to worry about trichinosis.

Using fresh ingredients, whole seeds, berries and spices will make you appreciate the complex layers of flavor they create.

Corned game is a great dish for hunting camp, where you can brine meat ahead of time and cook it while out hunting. Make lots, so you’re sure to have leftovers for sandwiches the next day. With spring bear season open in many parts of the country, this recipe is just one more reason to get out hunting.

Ingredients
Brine:
• 6 cups water
• 12 ounces kosher salt
• ½ cup light brown sugar
• 4 teaspoon pink salt (curing salt with pink dye)
• 1 stick cinnamon broken into several pieces
• 1 teaspoon mustard seed
• 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
• 12 whole cloves
• 12 whole allspice berries
• 12 whole juniper berries
• 2 bay leaves, crumbled
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 2 lbs. ice

Meat:
• 4-5 lbs. bear, venison, elk or moose brisket, trimmed

Cooking:
• 1 medium onion, quartered
• 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
• 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

Directions
1.
Place the water in a large stockpot with salt, sugar, pink salt, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries, bay leaves and ginger to create the brine. Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved.

2. Remove brine from the heat and add the ice. Stir until most of the ice has melted. The brine should be cold to the touch, with a temperature of 45 degrees or less. Once it has cooled, place the brisket in an extra-large zip-top bag and add the brine. Seal the bag and lay flat inside a container, cover and refrigerate for five days. Check daily to make sure the meat is completely submerged, and turn the bag over.

3. After five days, remove the brisket and discard the brine. Rinse the brisket well under cool water.

4. Place the brisket into a large slow cooker, add the onion, carrot and celery, and cover with water by 1 inch (amount varies depending on the size of crockpot). Cover and cook on high for 8 hours.

5. Remove the brisket from the crockpot and slice thinly across the grain. Store any uncut leftovers in the cooking liquid in a refrigerator.

6. Pink salt, Prague Powder #1, or DQ Curing Salt is a combination of sodium chloride, sodium nitrite and a touch of pink dye. The pink dye will add color to the corned meat and is a sure-fire way to distinguish it from regular salt. Find it at westonsupply.com. Enter code BFENSON18 and receive 20 percent off. You can substitute Tender Quick by following directions on the bag for the weight of your brisket.

Latest

Silencer Central INC 5000 Lead
Silencer Central INC 5000 Lead

Silencer Central Makes Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

Silcencer Central has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Smith & Wesson Introduces Model 350

Smith & Wesson has introduced the Model 350, the company's first production revolver chambered in the powerful straight-walled 350 Legend.

Members' Best 2022

Be it a bucket list hunt in a land of giants, an anniversary escape with a loved one, a quick scouting trip turned big-buck showdown or the culmination of a trophy slam, American Hunter readers searched for and found opportunity near and far this past year.

First Look: Buck Bourbon Rack House Blind

Veil Camo has announced the integration of its Wideland Camo pattern with the new Buck Bourbon Rack House 300+ One Way Mesh hunting blind.

First Look: Canvas Cutter Dominator 2.0 Bedroll

The Dominator 2.0 Bedroll is Canvas Cutter’s flagship outdoors sleep solution, designed for any backpacking, hunting, fishing, or camping adventure.

Florida Expands Gator-Hunting Hours and Equipment

Gargantuan gators beware! Florida's 2022 hunting season started on Monday, 8/15 with brand new rules regarding hunting hours and acceptable equipment.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.