Bear Sauerbraten Recipe

In this recipe, a bear roast is prepared Sauerbraten style. The meat is marinated in a mixture of red wine, vinegar, and spices, and then braised and served with a hearty gravy.

Bear Sauerbraten Recipe
Serve this Bear Sauerbraten Recipe with traditional dumplings or spaetzle and red cabbage. (David Draper photo)

Although black bears are found all over North America, they have an Old World aura around them. Therefore, bear meat is a natural fit for many Central and Eastern European recipes. Here, a bear roast gets the traditional sauerbraten treatment with a long marinade in red wine and vinegar, with a slightly sugary sauce that pairs with the natural sweetness of the meat.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 minutes + marinade time
Cook time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-pound) bear roast
  • 1 ½ cup red wine
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 onions (1 grated, 1 chopped)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 6 juniper berries
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Directions:


  1. Bring the red wine, vinegar, grated onion, carrot and celery to a simmer in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Tie the juniper berries, bay leaves, cloves and peppercorns in a small cheesecloth bundle and add this bouquet garni to the pot. Remove the marinade from the heat and let cool completely before pouring over the bear roast. Marinade for a minimum of 24 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, remove the bear from the marinade and pat the roast dry with paper towels. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and let rest. Meanwhile, heat the bacon fat in a Dutch oven and sauté the chopped onions until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the bear roast and brown on all sides.
  3. Strain the marinade through a fine-mesh sieve and add the liquid to the Dutch oven. Bring the liquid to a heavy simmer, then cover and transfer the pot to a 325-degree oven. Braise for 2 ½ - 3 hours, or until the roast is very tender, but not falling apart.
  4. Transfer the bear roast to a platter and keep warm. Strain the remaining liquid and reserve. Melt the butter in the Dutch oven and stir in the flour and sugar to create a roux. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes then whisk in the reserved liquid a little at a time. Add the golden raisins and simmer until slightly thickened.
  5. To serve, cut the bear roast into thick slices and pour the sauce over the meat and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Plate with traditional dumplings or spaetzle and red cabbage.
Bear Sauerbraten Recipe
Slice the bear roast before pouring over sauce and garnishing with freshly chopped parsley. (David Draper photo)

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 13: Forest Buffalo

Craig Boddington returns to Mozambique's fame Coutada 10 for a shot a forest buffalo that's eluded him for 10 years.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 9: Aloha Axis Deer

Host Mike Schoby joins his buddies Jon Dubin and Jeff Johnston on the island of Lanai for a deer hunt Hawaiian style!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 10: Snowbound Chamois

Host Brittany Boddington gets more than she bargained for on what turned out to be a grueling, snowbound and extremely physical hunt for chamois in Romania's Carpathian mountains.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

Trending Articles

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have been Shooting

7 Favorite Truck Guns

Joseph von Benedikt - May 11, 2015

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have...

My deer-hunting seeds were planted and nurtured as a youngster on my family's small farm in North America

Best Units for Hunting Western Mule Deer

Josh Dahlke

My deer-hunting seeds were planted and nurtured as a youngster on my family's small farm in

The Top 10 trophy whitetail states featured here are the best of the best in terms of B&C entries over the past ten years. North America

Top 10 Trophy Whitetail States

Joseph von Benedikt - December 18, 2017

The Top 10 trophy whitetail states featured here are the best of the best in terms of B&C...

These rounds have proven themselves most worthy in the field. Ammo

America's Top 10 Big Game Cartridges

Joseph von Benedikt

These rounds have proven themselves most worthy in the field.

See More Trending Articles

More Recipes

Spice up your Thanksgiving feast with the multitude of wild game recipes we compiled to make this Turkey Day one for the books. Recipes

8 Thanksgiving Recipes for a Wild Game Holiday

Petersen's Hunting Online Staff

Spice up your Thanksgiving feast with the multitude of wild game recipes we compiled to make...

Whether grilled, fried or baked, pair your next small game recipe with the perfect glass of wine. Recipes

Wine Pairings for Upland Birds and Small Game

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Whether grilled, fried or baked, pair your next small game recipe with the perfect glass of...

In this recipe, a bear roast is prepared Sauerbraten style. The meat is marinated in a mixture of red wine, vinegar, and spices, and then braised and served with a hearty gravy. Recipes

Bear Sauerbraten Recipe

David Draper

In this recipe, a bear roast is prepared Sauerbraten style. The meat is marinated in a mixture...

Turn your gobbler into tasty turkey jerky with this Asian-inspired recipe featuring spicy ginger, soy sauce, and sweet-hot chilies. Recipes

Spicy Asian Turkey Jerky Recipe

David Draper

Turn your gobbler into tasty turkey jerky with this Asian-inspired recipe featuring spicy...

See More Recipes

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.