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Pulled Goose mixed with a favorite barbecue sauce can be topped with cheese for added flavor. (Photo credit:

With waterfowl seasons underway in North Dakota and Minnesota, successful duck and goose hunters again will be looking for ways to cook the game they shoot.

For many waterfowl hunters, that often means doing whatever they can to cover up the taste, to make sure that goose doesn't taste like goose or that duck doesn't taste like duck.

Sometimes, though, experimenting can yield positive results.

Lake of the Woods Tourism recently shared a recipe for Pulled Goose on its website that looks to be worth a try. Similar to pulled beef or pulled pork, the recipe involves cooking the meat until it falls off the bone and then shredding it with a fork and mixing with barbecue sauce.

Truth be told, it looks like the perfect recipe to serve at hunting camp.

-- Brad Dokken

Pulled Goose


2 tablespoons butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small yellow onion, sliced

1 goose breast

1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cups chicken broth


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add goose breast and brown on both sides for about 5 minutes, or until browned.

Place goose breast in slow cooker and add Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken broth to cover (approximately 2 cups) and cook on High setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until meat falls off bone.

Shred with a fork and mix with your favorite barbecue sauce.

For more recipes featuring everything from fish and wild game to blueberry pie, check out the Recipe section of the Lake of the Woods Tourism website at

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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