Wild hogs are an invasive species introduced to Florida by the Spanish in the 15th century. Today, rooting by feral swine causes a tremendous amount of devastation to Florida’s delicate ecosystems and hunting or trapping is the only effective means of controlling the feral swine population in Florida. Fortunately, wild hog meat is a delicious alternative to pork produced in confined animal factory operations (C.A.F.O.s). Wild hog meat is higher in omega-3 fatty acids because the animals generally subsist on a diet rich in roots, nuts, grubs, and small animals. As a result of their natural diet, wild hog meat is darker than corn-raised pork, is richer in flavor, and the fat is usually yellow in color due to tannins in acorns and other nuts in their diet.
All of our wild hogs are trapped on private land. Adult animals are transported live to Nettles, a USDA-inspected facility in Lake City, Florida . We strive to use every part of each hog: cuts (ribs, pork chops, roasts, and boston butt), sausage, bones for broth, head for head cheese, feet for pickling, fat for lard, liver for pate. Any trapped piglets are kept at our registered holding facility where they are raised on an all-natural diet. When they reach 50 pounds, they are slaughtered for personal consumption.
Wild hogs meat is both nutritious and delicious. Meat from sows (adult females) is milder than meat from boars (adult males) which have a distinctive ‘taint’ because male hogs develop musk glands when they reach sexual maturity. Sport hunters occasionally castrate and re-release young male hogs to allow them to grow larger for future harvesting, and castrated adult males are called ‘bars.’ Since castration prevents sexual development, bar meat tastes the same as sow meat. In light of this, all of our wild hogs cuts are either bar or sow. Many people mistakenly believe that wild boar meat is not edible, and thousands of pounds of wild boars meat is wasted by unaware hunters. If slaughtered and processed properly, boar meat makes the best sausage on the market. If you trap or shoot a boar, be sure to bring the animal to a knowledgeable and experienced wild game butcher in order to take advantage of the meat.
Price List (January 2014 – subject to change)
Cuts: Ham, Butt, Ribs & Shoulder $8/lb Loin Chops: $9/lb
Sausage: Link $10/lb, Pan (loose): $9/lb, Unseasoned Ground: $8/lb
Bacon or Pork Belly: $12/lb Head: $3/lb
Odd Parts: Feet, Fat, Organs, Soup Bones and Neck Bones: $5/lb
Hog Shares: We sell whole hogs by their live weight: Boars $1.50/lb Sows & Bars: $1.75/lb. Contact us in advance to determine the current weights and availability of wild hogs. Notify us of your selection, and we will email you an invoice with a link to pay through Square Market Place or you can pay via cash or check. After purchase, we will transport the animal to your selected butchering facility. Customers are responsible for communicating the processing order to the butcher and paying all butchering fees – see processing orders below. We are more than happy to assist our customers through this process. Please note that we cannot deliver a wild hog to someone who does not have a feral swine dealer permit or registered wild hog holding facility. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Wild Hog Meat Processing Facilities
Newberry Cold Storage: 98 NW 254th St, Newberry, FL (352) 472-2148
Scotts Deer & Game Processing: 4201 S. US Hwy 441 Lake City (386) 752-9898
Nettles:190 SW County Road 240, Lake City,(386) 752-2510
Crawfords: 9817 County Road 239A, Lake Butler,(386) 496-2276
Like all wild meat, it is essential that wild hog is cooked LOW & SLOW. USDA cooking guidelines for pork recommend a cooking temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest time. Wild hog meat is naturally rich and flavorful, but a marinade is a great way to tenderize the meat and add new flavor to your wild hog menu. Since the animals originated in the Mediterranean, there are a wide variety of Mediterranean recipes that are easily adaptable to wild hog.
Rosemary, Balsamic, and Citrus Marinade
This marinade is adapted from a duck recipe created by Italian chef and culinary instructor, Madonna del Piatto.
- one 1/2 kg (1 lb) meat with skin
- 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (tarragon and savory work great, too)
- 2 large garlic cloves
- crushed Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 orange
- 2 tblsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tblsp red wine
- 1 tblsp raw honey
- 3 tblsp olive oil
In a bowl large enough to fit the meat snugly, mix the marinade ingredients, add the garlic cloves and whole rosemary sprigs. Place the meat in the marinade, cover and marinade in the refrigerator overnight.
Murghal Masala Chops
Murghal Masala Meat Rub: Grind 2oz seeds from green cardamom pods, 2 (3-inch) sticks of cinnamon, 1 tblsp cloves, 1 tblsp black peppercorns, and 1 tsp nutmeg in a coffee grinder. Sift out large pieces, and mix powder with 1/4 cup raw salt. Store in a small air tight jar (up to 2 months)
To make Murghal Masala Chops: Wipe chops with a damp towel. Put Murghal Masala, chile powder, garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl – make into a paste. Rub paste onto chops and refrigerate two hours to overnight. Cook chops LOW & SLOW on a grill or skillet until done.
Doug Bell’s Herbed Wild Hog Recipe
Our neighbor knocked our socks off with his amazing herbed wild hog recipe, and he was kind enough to share it: ‘What I did with the hog was to create a brine: 2 cups water, 2 cups vinegar, 2 cup salt, 2 cup sugar (paleo-peeps can substitute honey). I let it sit for a week in refrigeration. I took it out, patted it dry, wiped with a nice olive oil, rubbed with rosemary and All Spice. Set oven to 225 and cook until tender – about 11 hours.‘
Wild Hog Sausage Link & Eggs
Wild hog sausage with wild Chanterelles, backyard chicken eggs, garden chives, and garlic from Swallowtail Farm – in a skillet seasoned with wild hog lard: Place sausage in skillet and cook on medium heat until outside is brown. Slice insice skillet and turn slices. (Do not add oil, lard, salt or pepper; the fat and spices in the sausage will season the skillet as it cooks). Add you favorite mushrooms and continue to turn the sausage with the shrooms. Before the mushrooms are thoroughly cooked, pour beaten eggs into the skillet. Let sit for a few minutes before adding cuts herbs (chives, parsley, wild onion, or other greens work best). Scramble the ingredients in the skillet and quickly remove before over-cooking. Our link sausage is made by blending pure meat with herbs in an all natural casing. It does not have any sugars or cereal fillers. ($10/lb)
Wild Hog Pan Sausage
Pan sausage makes a fabulous breakfast pattie, and it blends well with red and whites sauces. Scrambled wild hog sausage can lend a twist to burritos, tacos, and salads, and it makes a great St. Patty’s Day treat on top of potatoes and Kraut. Pre-made patties are ideal for an on-the go snack while working or engaging in outdoor activities, and tiny meatballs are an excellent accompaniment to cheese, veggies and fermented foods while hosting friends and family. Our pan sausage is made by blending pure meat with herbs. It does not have any sugars or cereal fillers. ($9/lb)
Wild Hog Bone Broth
‘The importance of properly made bone broths (stocks) from wild or pastured animals in the daily diet cannot be emphasized enough. To begin with, they are a rich source of gelatin (derived from the collagen found in the skin, bones, and cartilage of animals), which has many amazing properties, and other important elements useful in treating many disorders. Our Feral Foods brand offers a pet variety ($10/16oz), but it is easy to make your own batch by following the directions in this ”Broth is Beautiful‘ Bone Broth Recipe published in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook listed on our Books & Resources page.
Wild Hog Head Cheese
Impress your friends and look like a genius cook with a secret ingredient; wild hog head & foot cheese. We shocked the palettes of conventional family members last Thanksgiving by adding this collagen and nutrient rich ingredient to mashed potatoes, cooked greens, and homemade stuffing. It also makes a great treat for your your best paleo-diet lovin’ canine friend. Our Feral Foods brand offers a pet variety ($10/8oz), but it is easy to make your own batch by following the directions in the video tutorial below.
Wild Hog Lard
Lard is rendered pork fat. It is easy to render fat by exposing the fat to very low heat (in a crockpot, double boiler or oven) and collecting the liquid fat as it melts. Wild hog lard is rich in essential nutrients such as Omega 3 fats that include Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), DHA (the brain fat), EPA (found primarily in deep ocean fish) and GLA (found in some plant oils.) For information about the health benefits of lard, review the article ‘We are healthy because we eat lard‘ by Will Winter.
Once given a bad rap, fried pork skin or ‘pork rinds’ are receiving a lot of attention as a healthy and tasty snack. They are an excellent alternative to crackers, and they will easily satisfy late night munchies. There are several techniques to frying pork rind. Check out the video below for an easy start.
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