These bunnies were difficult to kill. They were my pets, they had names, and provided hours and hours of joy to the girls. I really got to see their personality, and learn a lot about rabbits. Chubbs and Cuddle Button were by far, my favorites. I have to dispatch of Cuddle Button tonight, and I cried a bit when I killed Chubbs.
Most people find that rabbits may not be the most efficient, since you lose 50% of the mass in harvesting. But nothing goes to waste. The dog gets the head, feet, and innards, and I get the rest. I got my fleshing knife now, and will hopefully get to try it out on the furs I have frozen.
Chubbs was 5.75 lbs at killing, and dressed out, weighed 2.85 lbs.
Sugar was 4.72 lbs, and dressed out at 2.25 lbs.
I am getting pretty good at cleaning them. I adoped use of a kitchen scissors, which is actually faster and safer than a knife.
5.1/10.47 = 49% dressing. Not efficient for a rabbit, but good enough.
From these, I get an EPIC fourth of July feast!
Kansas City BBQ’d Rabbit
- Arthur Bryant’s KC BBQ Sauce (or your favorite)
- Rabbit Loin
- 6 slices Hickory Smoked Bacon
I only had access to a propane grill, however, it has a BBQ setting (low temps), and I wanted to try it out.
At the ribcage, I cut off the back half of the rabbit and the stomach meat (for use in later recipes). This left me with a saddle (back loin) and substantial legs. These comprise a majority of the meat on the rabbit (I think combined, they were over 3.5 lbs of the 5.1 lbs meat).
Using a kitchen scissors, I cut through the bottom of the pelvis, so the rabbits could lay flat on the grill.
Once the grill was warm, I threw on the rabbits, draping them in three slices of hickory smoked bacon each. I left the rabbits on the grill (not turning them) until the bacon was done.
I then removed the bacon, put BBQ sauce on the top of the rabbit, flipped it, and sauced the bottom.
After 3-5 minutes (once the BBQ sauce was dry to the touch), the rabbit was finished.
I brought it inside, cut off a leg, and ate it like a chicken with some wild rice and mushrooms.
Epic Feast Indeed!