Cured Rabbit

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by xjcamaro, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Has anyone cured rabbit meat? I have smoked plenty of rabbit, but my dad said a guy he works with brought in some cured rabbit, and he said it tasted like ham, and it was just in a bag and didnt need cooked. (although it might have been cooked prior) I was just wondering if anyone had any idea on how to cure rabbit meat. I have used TQ for bacon, would i just cure it the same way? Would i need to smoke it to certain temp, or just cold smoke, this is keeping in mind i dont want to have to cook it again, i just want to grab some and eat it.

    Im almost thinking of curing it like bacon, 1/2 oz of TQ per lb of meat, or maybe it might be easier to put it in a TQ wet cure (liquid) then smoke it to 145-155*. Does that sound right?
     
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member


     I have cured a lot of rabbit.  Comes out like ham.

    Cured Rabbit Article
     
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  3. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    bbally....does my way of thinking of how to cure it sound ok? Or is there a way you do it that seems to work really good?
     
  4. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member


     You need to PM shooterrick or bearcarver.  They know about TQ I don't have the experience with TQ to answer the question.
     
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  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great link & article Bob, but I didn't see where any cure was used.

    Bear
     
  6. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member


     Cure 1 used in the greek mixture I make for rabbit.  I wrote it back in 07 when very few wanted to know the details.
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OOOPS---Ok, I thought about that, and I searched the Greek thing on the web---Didn't see any cure--Didn't know you had your own Greek mixture.

    Thanks for straightening me out on that.

    Bear
     
  8. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I will type it up and post it in another post so you can make, works wet or as a rub.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    XJC,

    I never did a wet TQ mix, and I think the rabbit being so variable in thickness would be a bad subject for a dry cure. The parts are from 1/8" thick up to about an inch & a half---right??

    Actually I think the best way to cure a rabbit would be in a wet cure with one of the Cure #1 cures.

    Bear
     
  10. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Ya your right, even after the way i cut the rabbit up (see my rabbit smokes) and the peices are not very big but i would have plenty of them, thats why i was thinking of a wet cure.
     
  11. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Im not sure if im going to do this or not, i just got to thinking about it. It all depends on how the rabbit hunting goes here in January and February. The fall was too warm and dry for decent rabbit hunting here. And after i smoked those last couple batches of rabbit i dont think anyone will let me do anything else with them! lol
     

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