To cook bear meat, you figure out first how old you think that bear was, because that will determine how you cook it. If it’s a young bear, you can cook it in exactly the same ways that you would cook either pork or beef, and that is the steaks can be grilled, broiled or even baked if that is your preference. In similar fashion, the other, less tender cuts can be cooked as a pot roast, stew or hammered and marinated to make it more tender.

For a bear that was a little older, you might want to try one steak first to see if it’s tender enough to grill; and if it’s not, you might instead use it as you would less tender cuts of beef. That is, you might cook it in a stew or hammer and marinate it.

For older bears, you’ll likely find that your best option is to cook it as you would pulled pork, as it will be too tough to cook and eat as is.

There is one striking caveat here, and that is for those that are thinking of grinding the meat into hamburger. In most cases, this won’t work as well as you’d think because of the uniqueness of bear fat. And that uniqueness is that it tends to emit an unpleasant odor when cooked. You could remove all the fat from the hamburger before grinding, but then it wouldn’t hold together, which means you’d be right back to making a pulled pork type dish anyway. Also, it might well be noted that when cooking bear meat in general, it’s best to remove as much of the fat as possible before doing so, due to the odor when cooking. It’s an interesting thing how the meat can taste so good when it’s eaten, but smell bad when it’s cooking, but that’s just one of those odd facts of life.