Wild Boar Bacon & Beans

Brad Fenson

Combining wild boar bacon into a batch of home-baked beans will leave you wanting to put another pig in the freezer. This is an easy recipe to prepare, and a large batch will allow you to freeze portions for future use. 

The pineapple, molasses, and maple syrup make these beans sweet and flavorful. 

If you harvest a wild boar or feral hog, make sure to cut the bacon off the ribs. Use Hi Mountain Original Bacon Cure to prepare and smoke the bacon at home or purchase wild boar bacon from GameKeeper Butchery.  

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs wild boar bacon
  • 48 oz can tomato juice, divided in half
  • 2 lbs white navy beans, dried
  • 2, 14-oz cans crushed pineapple
  • 2, 14-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ½ cup dark maple syrup

Directions

1. Slice boar bacon into 1/2-inch cubes. 
2. Rinse beans in a colander under cold water. 
3. Add the beans, boar, half the tomato juice, pineapple, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, and spices into an Instant Pot and mix well. Pressure cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. 
4. Carefully vent the Instant Pot, open the lid, and add the remaining tomato juice along with the molasses and maple syrup. Stir well. Replace the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for another 15 minutes. 

Chef’s Tip: if the sugary molasses and maple syrup are added in the first part of the cooking process, the Instant Pot is more likely to produce a “burn error.” 

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