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Wild Game Cooking: Feral Hog Tacos – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Wild Game Cooking: Feral Hog Tacos – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


[music] Hi, I’m Jesse Griffiths and this
is Wild Game Cooking. Today we’re going to be cooking
some feral hog. Feral hogs are really common
in Texas these days, pretty much overpopulated. They give ranchers and farmers fits. But there is a good way
to deal with them. What I’ve got here is
a feral hog shoulder or actually a small piece of a feral
hog shoulder, about 2 pounds. This could come off pretty much
about any part of the pig, the ham, the shoulder. And this will feed about 4 people. So what we’re going to do today is
make some tacos out of this by cooking it really slow
and low in the oven in a heavy pot with a lid. I like to cook this overnight,
maybe 8 to 10 hours. What I’m going to do is
I’m going to season it with a little mixture of salt
to taste, some pepper, a little bit of brown sugar to add just a touch of sweetness. What I’ve got here is a little bit
of chipotle powder. This is a smoked and dried
red jalapeño. I like this stuff a lot so
I’m going to put it in there but it is very spicy
so use your discretion. A little bit of cumin, ground cumin, and a little bit of dried oregano. I’m going to mix all this up, possibly add a little more
salt to that and I’m going to rub that
into the shoulder, just evenly distributing it
all over this cut like so. Once I’ve got it pretty much rubbed
into the entire muscle, I’m going to add some onions to my pot and then some garlic cloves. Those can go in whole. We’re going to cook so long they’re
pretty much going to melt by the end of this. So I’m simply going to set this
on top of there. Like I said, this is extremely simple, put the lid on and put it in the oven. It’s going to go in the oven overnight and then tomorrow I’m going to
wake up to tacos. So we’re going to put this in our
225 degree oven overnight. [music]
[hog snorting] Texas has more hogs than
any other state, about 2 million. These pigs are actually
descended from hogs brought over by early
Spanish explorers. Their rooting is very destructive and causes about $500 million
worth of damage each year. Despite efforts to eradicate them, their population continues
to grow and expand and they’re moving into urban areas. In fact, there’s one in
my oven right now. I love waking up to that. Let’s see how it looks. That looks great. Nice and tender, shreddy,
just falling off the bone, really easy way to cook
feral pig right here. So I’m just going to make my tacos, kind of shred a little meat off, mix it around in that nice
juice in the bottom made with my onions and spices
and the garlic. Load that up on a corn tortilla. And we’re about to get messy. I like to serve this with a little
bit of guacamole, and maybe some pico de gallo but feel free to use any salsa
or other garnishes that you like to serve
with your tacos. And enjoy. Mmmm That is really good, really
tender, spicy, really nice. Feral hogs might be a nuisance
but they sure do taste good. For more information on hogs
and hog hunting, visit the
Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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