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How is the taste affected?
« on: December 8, 2012, 10:29:27 pm »
I was having a discussion earlier with an old buddy of mind about how hog tastes. He is under the firm belief that you have to drop a hog first shot or the meat will taste nasty because of the adrenalin. I have heard this dozens of times over the years. However, I have eaten hog that was dropped on the first shot as well as ones that ran off and died. I did not notice much of a difference. I think it has a lot to do with the area the hog lived in and what it fed on. I also think it has a lot to do with how the meat is prepared. What do you all think? Oh, and what about Deer? Apply the same reasoning to them and tell me what you think about that as well.

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    Re: How is the taste affected?
    « Reply #1 on: December 9, 2012, 12:26:33 am »
    i've always heard this but never thought much about it. i've read that any animal who is under stress will not produce as much lactic acid and that does something to the quality of the meat and makes them tough.  i dont know how you keep them stress free on a large commercial scale, so personally i dont think a short bout of stress before they expire is all that bad to the meat.   

    i do know that hogs eating slop won't taste as good as ones eating corn and other feed, but i suspect you're talking about wild ones so slop is probably not an issue.

    any way you look at it -- when it comes to pigs, this is pretty accurate.
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    Re: How is the taste affected?
    « Reply #2 on: December 9, 2012, 08:51:57 am »
    Yeah, I have found wild hog taste better than slop fed farm raised oned. I also agree with that chart.

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    Re: How is the taste affected?
    « Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 05:34:23 pm »
    Lone, here is my opinion, what you have said in regards to 1 shot or having to track down your kill because it didnt drop, but ran before it dropped, I have never had a flavor prob with the meat after a bbq or smoking.  I have though found that a wild pig has a great game flavor to me than the processed pig you get, ( no meds, hormones ) and when doing the local pork smoking competions, I can tell the pro judge from the amature judges, because the amatures will always ask "what kind of pig is this" and the pros just smile. AND to help the flavor, low and slow on the heat and a good quality rub with a liquid that helps break down the conective tissue better (like apple cider vinager spray)
    Oh and on the deer, there is a gland around the base of the hoofs that need to be removed with in 30 to 45 minutes of the kill have to be cut out or the meat will taste bad.  And also with all animals when field skinnings dont cut the bladder, not only the smell, it gets into the meat

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    Re: How is the taste affected?
    « Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 06:44:04 pm »
    my understanding with the pig meat it that it will turn it real tough, not make it taste bad, as told to me by a farmer that keeps meat pigs (just a small number of them 4-6)
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    Re: How is the taste affected?
    « Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 07:05:29 pm »
    All of this talk is making me hungry. I am on the same line in my way of thinking. If you prep the meat right, it will taste better.

    When we move I have thought about keeping pigs just for my family to eat. but I am thinking it would be cheaper and more fun to take wild pigs a few trimes a month.