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Small game cooking #6633904
10/06/19 08:40 AM
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My kids are pumped for small game season. I have been raising meat rabbits for 15 years and I haven't cooked a wild rabbit in probably 20. What are some good ways to cook them? Also I remember an old timer telling me about cooking the intestine wrapped around a stick over a fire. Has anyone else ever heard of this?


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Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6633946
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One way to make Rabbits and squirrels tender in a hurry is to cook them in a pressure cooker or a "one pot".
I cook a huge pot of squirrels for a large group of folks every Sept.
I put the clean squirrel pieces in my canning pressure cooker with a little water and sprinkle them good with some season salt. Once the pressure reaches 15 pounds, I cook for 12-14 minutes. Let the steam off soon after.
The squirrels come out dead tender and taste good just as they are.
Of course you could then coat the pieces and give them a quick fry, only to brown the cracklins. The squirrel is already cooked.
Another thing. Using the pressure cooker, the squirrel is tender enough to remove it from the bone easily so you could add the meat to sauces or chilis. It is good either way!

Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6633974
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Used to bake rabbits in cream of mushroom soup, pretty tasty and tender. Hope your kids have a ball hunting!


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Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6634093
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I like to quarter them( ,I cut off the hind legs and front legs,no need for the rib cage )plus pull off the little backstraps.Put a few rabbits in a roasting pan with some beef broth.I halve some potatoes in there too,then sprinkle a package of lipton onion soup over the whole thing.Then bake in the oven.

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Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6634108
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flour,hot grease, maybe salt and pepper if you like. done. rabbit and squirrel. I have been tossing around the idea of canning some and then strip off the meat which should be tender from canning to make gravy. They get eaten too fast to save enough to make it worth the time to can them!


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I pan fry mine with salt and pepper

Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6634233
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I wish I could fine a place to get some squirrels'

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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
I wish I could fine a place to get some squirrels'


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Re: Small game cooking [Re: squacks] #6634337
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Originally Posted by squacks
One way to make Rabbits and squirrels tender in a hurry is to cook them in a pressure cooker or a "one pot".
I cook a huge pot of squirrels for a large group of folks every Sept.
I put the clean squirrel pieces in my canning pressure cooker with a little water and sprinkle them good with some season salt. Once the pressure reaches 15 pounds, I cook for 12-14 minutes. Let the steam off soon after.
The squirrels come out dead tender and taste good just as they are.
Of course you could then coat the pieces and give them a quick fry, only to brown the cracklins. The squirrel is already cooked.
Another thing. Using the pressure cooker, the squirrel is tender enough to remove it from the bone easily so you could add the meat to sauces or chilis. It is good either way!


This is the deal right here. Second this! I love to fry em after the crock pot and make some gravy and mashed potatoes and green beans!

Re: Small game cooking [Re: jeremy brua] #6634343
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Cotton tails would cook up just like your meat rabbits, now if your talking hares ( snowshoe) that's a bit of a different story..

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