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#6548968 - 11/18/16 06:53 AM Preparing wild hog
bigjoe8565 Offline
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I normally have my higs processed, but I'm planning on processing a few myself this year. I've read and seen on TV that the hams and shoulders have glands that need to be removed. Can someone post pictures or a video of where they're located?

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#6549149 - 11/18/16 08:56 AM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Never heard of such a thing. Cut the hams off and remove silver skin and such.
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#6549222 - 11/18/16 09:39 AM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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yep they have glands just like deer but more. just remove them just like you do on wt.
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#6549543 - 11/18/16 01:10 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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I don't know if they are glands or not. I often think they are parasites of some kind as some have many of them and some don't have any. Deer have the same thing.

I try to cut them out but know I have missed a few and never noticed, I'm sure its just one of those things you wouldn't like the idea of eating if you knew it was in there.

Make a good shot, keep it clean, get it chilled quickly.

How are you planning to cook it? If you are going to bbq/smoke it if find brining it overnight or so helps. If making sausage you may want to add a little fat to it as its nowhere near as fatty as domestic pork for the most part although some of them will have a decent amount of fat. I have eaten many boars but in general find the sows to be better so I would concentrate on them for the table.
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#6549563 - 11/18/16 01:30 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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There are some small (gumdrop size) grey 'things' that reside in the fatty areas of the leg joints. That is, as you separate the shoulder or hindquarter, you'll find them in the crease between leg and body. I assume they're glands, I've found them on every hog I've processed, and they're symmetrical — that is, they appear on each side of the hog so I conclude they're not a parasite or other external item.

I look for them, and just trim them out with the soft fat that's also there. If you're looking for them they're pretty easy to find.

As redchevy says: depending upon how much fat the hog has, you may need to add some. My Wild Game Cookbook says you need at least 20% fat, 25% is preferred. That makes my wife crazy, eeks333 muyloco loco so I quit telling her how much fat is in the sausage. confused2
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#6549591 - 11/18/16 01:48 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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#6549782 - 11/18/16 04:52 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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I still thing it is a parasite/growth of some kind. I have found many of them in deer/hogs. Like the video says they are usually in areas of high fat. I have also processed several deer/hogs that I didn't find them in or found far fewer or more than others. They are also in Boston but pork shoulders you buy at the grocery store too.
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#6549899 - 11/18/16 06:54 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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It is a gland the size of an acorn usually grey in color. Found in the joints of most pigs and deer. At times they are located in other places as well.

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#6550153 - 11/18/16 10:52 PM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Good info

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#6550375 - 11/19/16 08:31 AM Re: Preparing wild hog [Re: bigjoe8565]
fray Offline
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Loc: Commerce, TX
Thanks for the info

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