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#3155047 - 02/07/13 01:35 PM Fresh in from the backyard
catman529
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How should I cook this? I want to do it in a crock pot with spices until the meat is tender. How much water should I put in the crock?



Last time I ate squirrel it was fried and I didn't like it much.
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#3155050 - 02/07/13 01:36 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: catman529]
BlountArrow
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You should PM Poser, if pictures are any indication, he makes a mean squirrel dish or two.
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#3155067 - 02/07/13 01:51 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: BlountArrow]
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If you want to put it in the crock pot, I would only use enough water to cover it.
However, I intend to cooks a few squirrels down for stock this year just for this purpose.
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#3155089 - 02/07/13 02:17 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: Poser]
BamaProud
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poor little kitten ;\)
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#3155126 - 02/07/13 02:53 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: BamaProud]
Mike Belt
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What! Where's his head, lol?

Squirrel and dumplings.
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#3155155 - 02/07/13 03:16 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: Mike Belt]
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Mike TWRA released a statement 2-3 years ago to not eat the heads,CWD has been found in the brains,they were requesting heads to be sent in,i'm thinking cecil3030 sent some in
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#3155698 - 02/07/13 10:32 PM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: mike243]
catman529
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I have no interest in the head or brains and they usually have a BB embedded in there anyway \:D
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#3155936 - 02/08/13 09:05 AM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: catman529]
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Like others said, just barely cover it with water. Are you only cooking one squirrel?
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#3155978 - 02/08/13 09:36 AM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: Bayou Buck]
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put some salt in with the water!

If you like dark meat from chicken, you can substitute squirrel for it in all kinds of ways. Casseroles, pot pies, and dumplings are my favorites. All of those approaches start with putting the squirrel in the crockpot for at least a few hours, then pulling the meat from the bone.

I also put mine in the slow cooker prior to frying, and generally fry with salt, pepper, and flour only. In that case, I cut each limb off, and then cut the body in half just below the ribs to give 6 pieces (unless something is busted up so bad that it gets tossed).
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#3156047 - 02/08/13 10:15 AM Re: Fresh in from the backyard [Re: Crosshairy]
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My preferred method for squirrels is this:

1. Brine it
2. Marinade it with the desired flavor profile
3. Mix together the seasonings or sauce for the desired flavor profile and rub/brush
4. Grill it while brushing with butter mixed with the desired seasonings and sauce
5. Wrap in foil and let it bake for another 20 minutes

Eat it whole, off the bone

Favorite profiles: Jerked, Southwestern/Chili rub, Asian, Memphis BBQ, North Carolina BBQ

You can also use this most excellent Rabbit and Dumplings recipe: http://gocarnivore.com/2013/01/09/hunting-for-rabbit-and-dumplings/

All rabbit recipes are interchangeable with Squirrel recipes. My experience looking at recipes are that fried Squirrel recipes tends to not be so well thought out. However, there are many really good fried rabbit recipes which you can follow for Squirrel and get excellent results.

If you get a young Squirrel, I highly suggest trying this one:
http://gocarnivore.com/2013/01/13/squirrel-hunters-breakfast/

It involves no preparation and you can eat a squirrel within minutes of killing/skinning. You can do it with a older squirrel, but it may be a bit of a jaw work out.
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