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#3336344 - 08/26/13 10:22 AM Brine for squirrels
StalkingWolf
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Poser,

Could you post a good brine recipe for squirrels. I would like to try it. Can you fry them after you brine them or is that just for grilling?

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#3336380 - 08/26/13 10:49 AM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: StalkingWolf]
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Yes, you can fry them. The brine will help the squirrels retain moisture during the cooking/frying process.

1 to 4 ratio of salt to water. So, 1 cup Kosher salt in 4 cups of water. Heat the water until the salt dissolves and then cool. The water should be no warmer than room temp, but cold is better. Salt and water are all you need to brine, but you can also add a couple of ingredients such as peppercorns, ginger, chilis or chili powder etc.

Place the squirrels in the brine for 4 hours. You need to make sure that the meat is fully submersed in the brine. You could put them in a bowl and then weight the meat done with a plate or something. OR, you could put them in a vacuum seal bag, place a paper towel near the top (to keep the liquid from getting sucked out) and vacuum seal. This is a very efficient way to brine and marinade.


After the brine period, remove the meat and rinse the excess salt off. Now, thoroughly pat the meat dry with paper towels and (this is important) let the meat rest for 1-3 hours. I do this on a dry plate or metal rack in the fridge. My chef friend recommends doing it at room temperature when he does cornish hens. Think of the brining process as being a cooking process, so it is important to let the meat rest. I want the meat dry to that it will properly absorb a marinade.

After the resting period, proceed with your frying. You can do the same thing with rabbit meat as well. During the brining process, the meat will absorb the salt and the salt will then absorb the water, giving you a moist meat.

I cooked these squirrels yesterday. You can see in the closeup that they retained their moisture very well.



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#3336519 - 08/26/13 12:33 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: Poser]
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Thanks Poser!
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#3338655 - 08/27/13 09:30 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: StalkingWolf]
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Whatca season them rats with poser while during or before grilling?
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#3338738 - 08/27/13 10:37 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: RiverRat213]
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 Originally Posted By: RiverRat213
Whatca season them rats with poser while during or before grilling?


I'll tell you after the world Squirrel Cookoff in 2 weeks \:\)
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#3340978 - 08/29/13 06:44 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: RiverRat213
Whatca season them rats with poser while during or before grilling?


I'll tell you after the world Squirrel Cookoff in 2 weeks \:\)

Ahh come on man. I won't give up ya secret. Only contest is be in when it comes to tree rats is a eating contest.

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#3341347 - 08/30/13 04:33 AM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: RiverRat213]
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Ok I have a question:

Can you do the brine process after they have been frozen?
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#3341539 - 08/30/13 08:29 AM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Ok I have a question:

Can you do the brine process after they have been frozen?


Yes
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#3341637 - 08/30/13 09:34 AM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: Poser]
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I grilled some last night ant they turned out great. I gotta go HARVEST some more!! \:\)
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#3341782 - 08/30/13 11:48 AM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: StalkingWolf]
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Thanks Poser.
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#3341824 - 08/30/13 12:11 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: RUGER]
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I've been trying to find some good, simple squirrel recipes. The only time that I have cooked them, they turned out really tough. What is your grilling method for keeping them from turning into shoe leather? I'm trying to stay away from just frying things.
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#3341922 - 08/30/13 01:39 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: EastTNHunter]
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 Originally Posted By: EastTNHunter
I've been trying to find some good, simple squirrel recipes. The only time that I have cooked them, they turned out really tough. What is your grilling method for keeping them from turning into shoe leather? I'm trying to stay away from just frying things.


Once brined and marinated, they will be just fine to grill as you normally do any other meats.
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#3342377 - 08/30/13 08:16 PM Re: Brine for squirrels [Re: TAFKAP]
EastTNHunter
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Cool. Thanks. I might try just some Chacheres (sp?) or barbequing them
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