You have to be prepared to spend a bit of time – grilling a wild freshling is a real event. And one that is well worth it: while the meat is browning, you can prepare the side dishes and look forward to the meal in good company.


For the marinade

  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • mustard
  • garlic
  • honey
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • marjoram
  • rosemary
  • salt and pepper


Remove the skin from the young boar, which should weigh no more than 15 kg (and, of course, be well-hung), and cut off the head. If you like, you can leave the head on, but for simplicity’s sake, we always cut it off. It looks nicer and is less work when removing the skin. Cut off the front feet at the ankle joint. Now lay the young boar on a large board or in a shallow dish and remove the thick tendons and silver skin from the meat. Now make a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, honey, parsley, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, salt and pepper and coat the young boar well with it. Cover with cling film and leave in a game fridge overnight.

Prepare the barbecue and allow the briquettes to reach a good glow. Place the glowing briquettes on the left and right sides of the grill so that an indirect grilling zone is created in the middle. Now pull the young boar onto the spit and fix it in place. Wrap the legs with aluminium foil and fix them with wire so that the foil does not fall off when turning. Now slide the spit onto the grill and switch on the motor. Make sure that the boar does not get caught on anything while rotating. Grill the roast for two to three hours at a consistent heat, depending on its size, while constantly turning it.

Keep brushing with the marinade. At the end of the cooking time, remove the aluminium foil from the legs so that they turn brown too. Check the core temperature of the legs with the meat thermometer – for wild boar meat, it should be at least
75 °C, then the freshling is ready. Switch off the motor and lift the spit off the grill. Carve the roasted freshling and serve with baked tomatoes and rosemary potatoes.


Ilka Dorn

Ilka Dorn lives with her family on an old farm on the Lower Rhine area and has been the owner of an advertising agency for more than 20 years. In her free time, the mother of two sons loves to cook for her family, friends and guests, with a particular fondness for preparing the venison of game hunted in her local hunting grounds. She discovered her passion for hunting more than 30 years ago. Her knowledge of wild herbs, mushrooms and all the other treasures of nature was taught by her grandmother and her mother at an early age.

For Ilka Dorn, hunting is both a privilege and a craft, which she carries out with great respect for nature and for the game. For her, hunting today represents the fairest and most justifiable way to obtain meat as food. When she is out hunting she relies on high-quality optics from Leica – whether hunting by day or night.

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