smoked RABBIT for EASTER, any tips?

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  1. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gonna have a little fun with my guests on Easter.  

    Smoked Rabbit

    would like to smoke it whole and lay it on the platter (like a whole pig)

    Should be a big hit with the kids and girls!

    Any one got some tips?


     Thanks in advance
     
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  2. I have no help to offer. I would love to be a fly on the wall, my kinda humor!
     
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I assume fresh rabbit as opposed to wild.  If wild you'll need to brine either in milk, buttermilk, or salt water to clean out some of the gaminess. It is extremely lean, in the wild you can actually die from rabbit because its so lean, the trappers used to eat grass with the rabbits.

    In the south we usually fry it (you're shocked right?), the usually Cajun type fare like jambalaya, gumbo, fricassee and I do love it smothered.

    I would think a brine would be suitable. In the past smoking we always smoked the rabbits to be used in other type dishes as above.

    BTW I have two rabbits sitting in milk right now, I cried, I forgot them and they are a little freezer burned. I am fixing to do jerky after a tenderloin today, corned beef  pastrami tomorrow, so will probably be Tuesday....LOL But these were shot out back. They were real gamey when I froze 'em.

    As to your smoke, I would go with a fruit brine approach, then compliment with the wood, peach wood/peach brine, cherry wood/cherry brine, apple, etc. I always do very low and slow.

    BTW if it want it splayed out, then spit it before smoking. Mine always wanted to end up in the fetal position.

    I just noticed I was more BS than help, Sorry.
     
  4. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Wrap it from stem to stern in cheap bacon.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You should roast a whole carrot and stick in its mouth like an apple for a pig. LOL
     
  6. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your on a roll, Great ideas! The wife will have me sleeping out back that night
     
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You really need something to use for ears......... to insure they don't mistakenly think you are serving them wharf rat or young tender beaver.

    How about a little floret of steamed cauliflower for a bushy cotton tail?
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014
  8. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I read this and laughed out loud.    [​IMG]for your sense of humor!!
     
  9. newsmokeguy

    newsmokeguy Smoke Blower

    oh my that would be epic!
     
  10. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have seen an Italian version it was stuffed with pork sausage mince& bits but can't say I remember enough to set it out.
    Extra fat inside or out ,bacon ideal, to keep it moist . A little pastry basket with meatballs instead of eggs perhaps?
     
  11. Oh Delicious!!!

    Marinated in: garlic, capers, prunes, green olives, red wine vinegar, olive oil, dried oregano, sea salt & black pepper and a bay leaf or two;

    And then with some white wine, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, and sprinkled date sugar (which is literally just pureed dates) added on top just before smoking, this menu is superb!!!

    How exciting!

    I look forward to hearing about how you do it however, and how it is received! So very fun!! I'm sure whatever you do, it will be amazing!!!!!!

    Cheers! - Leah
     
  12. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Prunes/ Thought that was what the geriatric crowd used to make the bowels head South. Are you sure about all this stuff/ Just checking..lol. Sounds plausible to me and the Warden.
     
  13. Well I like that stuff - and with roasted chicken or rabbit - and I do plan to do that with peacock too, whenever alas getting a chance to try the bird...

    But certainly, have some diapers handy and plenty of reading material too.

    Now now, I think the combo is wonderful, but do it however you like as I am sure your rabbit will be terrific in any preparation!

    Enjoy, enjoy!! Cheers! - Leah
     
  14. Staying tuned to see how this all plays out!  [​IMG]
     
  15. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    allright,  I got my whole rabbit and am going to soak it overnight in some buttermilk

    Ill rub it down tomorrow and then onto the smoker

    I'm anticipating a spread out look (just like a whole pig)  but I'm going to smoke an egg and stick that in the presentation somehow


    let the fun begin
     
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't forget the carrots!
     
  17. Looks great!!! So very Fun! I look forward to your cooking!!!! Cheers!!! - Leah
     
  18. A bar in Jackson, MS (The Dock) use to do an easter rabbit roast with egg shaped Jello Shooters every year
     
  19. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    heres a finished shot we could have used a dozen of these,,,,   the old saying goes well  "you could starve to death eating rabbitt"


    Happy easter
     
  20. Looks like it turned out really good man!  [​IMG]   & yeah a rabbit can't be stretched too awfully far but at least that gives you a reason to smoke more  [​IMG]
     

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