Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by patcap, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. I recently had an opportunity to take a few rabbits before the season ends and I would really like to throw 'em on the smoker. After a search of the threads I was able to find one recent that had given me some ideas, but what I don't know is to what internal temp to bring the rabbit. Do I approach it as poultry or, can I cook it more like beef. I've cooked rabbit before, but it has always been in a sauce piquant or some type of stew where the rabbit is braised or otherwise cooked very well. Any ideas??
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Rabbit gets cooked like pork. In fact you can cure it like ham.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    bump bump. I have never smoked rabbit but I know other guys have. I shot a rabbit once when I was young and we cooked it with thanksgiving dinner and it was awesome!!
  4. Those both look delicious!!! I think I will try them both!!
  5. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    Man do i ever feel old, last time i went rabbit hunting was over 22 yrs ago the house in the country that i grew up in and its only a few miles away from where i live now but that small timber was full of rabbits.
  6. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    I did a rabbit 2 weekends ago (friend brought it over for me to smoke as a surprise), and wasnt sure exactly how to do it, so i treated it like poultry and pulled it at about 160*f internal...

    Wasnt bad, just a little different than I am used to. I would definitely cook it (and eat it) again.
  7. I'm finally able to find the time to pull the rabbit out of the freezer and smoke it today. I brined it and just threw it on along with some split chicken breasts and a pork loin. I plan to cook the rabbit to about 165 and wrap it. We'll see how it turns out!! I'll post some Q/view of the results!
  8. I just pulled the rabbit off the smoker at 167 degrees and wrapped it. Here's a photo!

    I'll be pulling the meat after it rests!!
  9. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    Looks like you've done a fine job to me.. The one i had reminded me of chicken, but a little greasier. Not bad, just different! Let us know what you thought of it..
  10. It wasn't greasy at all. I've had wild rabbit before, but this was the first time I've smoked it. It was tender and juicy and delicious!! I think the brine helped a lot!!
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have always loved rabbit, but I never had any smoked. This looks & sounds like it was better than any rabbit I ever had. I must put that on my list for future smokes!

    Also worth a few------->>[​IMG]

  12. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Looks good, im sort of hooked on smoking rabbits, we hunt rabbits almost every weekend in October, November, January, and February. I also put mine in a simple brine, but i like to wrap them in bacon.

    Everything is better with bacon
  13. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I thought rabbits layed eggs!  Looks like I am missing an old favorite.
  14. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking rabbit, I have been wanting to smoke a rabbit for a while. What seasoning do you put on them ?

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