Bear Cut up your bear as you would a hog. You can salt cure the hams and shoulders the same also. You can cook your bear the same as you cook venison and elk, or you can parboil your bear meat in water with several large apples, when the apples fall apart the bear meat is ready to be seasoned and baked as you wish. This is from the Foxfire books. My dad always thought bear meat was on the greasy side and it wasn't one of his favorites meats. We ate it when I was a young girl.