2013, RECIPES -

Slow Cooked Bear French Dips with Stout Au Jus

A few years ago, Bill pulled a black bear tag and, lo and behold, came back from his hunt with well over 100 pounds of bear meat. This was the year we were getting married and had just bought a house and funds weren't exactly free-flowing so I took it as my mission to take his "gift" and make the most of it in free meals (this is what love looks like, people). Some of the things we tried were kind of awful (ahem, bear ribs) but others, like this recipe below were pretty fantastic. This year, with another bear in the freezer we were actually quite excited to bust back out the slow cooker and make this version of a hearty French Dip Sandwich. If you happen to have bear at your disposal and are looking for a sure-fire recipe, you won't go wrong with this one.

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Slow Cooked Bear French Dip Sandwiches with Stout Au Jus

3-4 lb bear roast (or beef)
1 can beef consomme
1 can french onion soup
1 bottle stout beer
dash Worcestershire
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 small bunch fresh thyme
cracked black pepper
sliced swiss cheese
French rolls

Place roast in a slow cooker. Pour beef consomme, french onion soup and beer over meat. Add Worcestershire, garlic and cracked pepper. Toss in bay leaf, rosemary and thyme. Slow cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until meat is very tender. Remove meat from slow cooker and shred or slice thinly, depending on meet you've chosen. Place meat on sliced French rolls and top with a slice of swiss cheese. Microwave for about 30 seconds to just melt cheese. Ladle jus from the slow cooker into a small bowl for dipping to serve.

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