Amik (Beaver) Recipe
1 beaver loin
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup molasses
4 tbsp crushed juniper berries
1. Mix maple syrup and molasses together, marinate beaver loin overnight in this mix to infuse the meat. (Beaver dries out super fast while cooking so it's essential to save the marinade for cooking).
2. Place loin in marinade in a baking dish or fire safe pan, if cooking over a fire. Add the crushed juniper berries. If the liquid doesn't come halfway up the loin, add equal amounts of maple syrup and molasses until it does. (If cooking in an oven, cook at 375 for 1 hr or until internal meat temperature reaches 165. 30 minutes into roasting, add 2 cups of berries of your choice.)
3. Shred the meat or thin slice after removing from roasting liquid and letting rest for 5 minutes.
*** Serve with manoomin (wild rice) that is cooked with the same type of berries for an added nutritious kick.