Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Recipe - Shredded Squirrel BBQ

Have you ever noticed that recipe books treat wild game much differently than traditional meats? The recipes are not familiar. I think this is one of the reasons people do not want to try game meat. When prepared, it looks and smells differently than what we normally eat. When I cook wild game I try to make it look and smell like something I would eat any other day.

Shredded Squirrel BBQ is one of these recipes. When it is done it looks, smells, and even tastes (kind of) like a pork BBQ sandwich. This recipe is perfect for tough old squirrels.

Each squirrel will make one sandwich.

Before you begin, brine your squirrels for at least 24 hours.

Quarter the Squirrel.

Place your squirrels in a crock pot and cover with chicken broth or beef broth.

Add some spices. I chose Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Honey, and Onion Powder. I would have preferred real onion, but was out. I can't tell you how much to use. I just add stuff until I think it looks good. It is really hard to mess up.

Cook on high for eight hours or until the meat falls off the bone. When done, remove the meat from the bones and shred with two forks.

This really needs a thick BBQ sauce, like a Texas or Memphis sauce. This will hide any wild flavor left in the meat. A thin, vinegar based sauce seems to actually bring out the wild flavor.

It really is quite yummy. My wife, who refuses to eat wild game, said it smelled delicious and tasted good. It looks just like pulled pork. I doubt that someone who didn't know would be able to taste the difference.

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