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bear roast being torn apart with forks on a black serving platter

Best Ever Bear Roast | Fall-Apart Tender Recipe

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This is the best bear roast you will ever make. The meat braises in a delicious and healthy cooking liquid that makes it fall-apart tender…and simple to do.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (3-4 lb.) bear roast 
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. pepper, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cups dry red wine (or sub for more stock) 
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 45 fresh thyme sprigs 


  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium high heat. Meanwhile, pat the roast down with a paper towel to absord excess moisture. Sprinkle it with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. 
  2. When the pan is hot, sear the roast on all sides, creating a nice crust. This will take 5-10 minutes. 
  3. Once the roast is seared, lay it in the bottom of a slow cooker. 
  4. Mix together the garlic cloves, beef stock, red wine, balsamic, tomato paste, and the remaining salt and pepper. 
  5. Pour the liquid over roast and lay the thyme sprigs over the top. 
  6. Cover the slow cooker with a lid, and let it cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low. The roast should be falling apart with a fork, that’s how you know it’s done. 
  7. Serve with the liquid you cooked the roast in (you can reduce it down on the stove if you like). Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 1315 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 43 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg

Keywords: roast, slow cooker, bear roast, bear meat, black bear, wild game

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