i just went though every forum and i cant find anythng about smoking a nutria rat....
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Never smoked one but i eat them . Stewed down in gravy. If you want to smoke one treat it like any VERY lean meat. Need to get some fat on it . either bacon or trimmed fat of a butt.
Make sure it's cleaned properly, Like a coon they have musk glands.
Yea, kind of like chicken. To me it has the texture of a swamp rabbit. I found it to be "chewey" was the reason for cooking it down in a gravy but you cook it for a while and it's fall apart tender. I have never had a strong game taste from them but if you don't remove the musk glands you may have some problems. The state tried a few times to make a big push on eating them but it just never really took off. I think there is a prison some where that has a fairly steady supply of nutria rats on their menu.
They have a bounty on them because they are vegetarian's and have also caused a lot of coast line erosion, so they are a problem here. I think they give $5.00 a tail.
I would like to take one and fry dat....