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Unread 03-02-2013, 08:54 PM
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Re: Woodchuck for dinner?

Great posts, make me laugh. I am way too citified. I will eat a chuck when civilization has ended and I can no longer find meat that doesn't rub its stomach on the ground when it walks! Don't call me a wuss or a citified pretty boy - I already know.

Of course, now that the dreaded sequester has occurred my chuck eatin days may be right around the corner. If the gummit can no longer pay my fat lazy aunt to take friendship dogs to half-way houses twice a week the complete breakdown of our economy and society is the only possible result.

God help us all. Oh the humanity.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 05:19 PM
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Re: Woodchuck for dinner?

Within the last few years I've really gotten into groundhog hunting. As such, I wondered what the meat tasted like. It is an omnivore eating some of the choicest grasses how bad could it be?

This is what I found out. Grilled it tates good but gets very tough; solution to that is to cook it longer at lower heat. Now, when I see young ones I try to take head shots only and I cook them in a crock pot with a recipe from a member here Barrett81.

Two things to note, 22LR and 223 Rem don't waste too much meat especially with head shots. 308 Win, 25-06 and 264 win mag are way too much and even with head shots can get quite messy. Lastly, I have a very sharp skinning knife and still resort to a scalpel when skinning groundhogs. Their skin is ridiculously tough.

Here is barrett's recipe (hope he doesn't mind) I used a very dark somewhat sweet beer (New Belgium 1554)
I love this one
2 -2 1/2 lbs dressed rabbit cut up
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
3 -4carrots, peeled and bias-cut in 1 inch pieces
1 onion thinly sliced
1 cup beer
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
paprica(to garnish) (optional)
parsley(to garnish) (optional)

In a crock-pot, place potatoes, carrots and onion.
Season meat with salt and pepper; brown in oil on all sides and place in crock pot on top of vegetables.
Combine beer, chili sauce,, brown sugar, and garlic; pour over meat.
Cover and cook on high heat setting for 3 1/2- 4 hours.
Remove meat and drain vegetables.
Measure cooking liquid and add beer, water, or broth to make 1 1/2 cups.
Put reserved cooking liquid in a saucepan, and return meat and vegetables to the crock pot.
Mix 1/3 cup water with 3 tbs flour in a gravy shaker or jar and shake until smooth.
Stir into reserved liquid; cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
Serve sauce over meat and vegetables, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with parsley if desired.
Note: This can be baked in an oven-proof casserole rather than a crock-pot.
Bake at 350F for approx 1 1/2 hours, or until meat and vegetables are tender.
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Unread 08-28-2014, 06:14 AM
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Re: Woodchuck for dinner?

Need to try that recipe sounds good......even with store bought meat
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