First go at smoking a rabbit with Q-view

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Original poster
Dec 2, 2013
Perth Western Australia
Hi Guys

I have been playing with my Harks Tri Fire offset for a few months now and I am getting the hang of temperature control and smoke levels. I shot a few rabbits up at the farm a few weeks back and decided I would have a go at smoking one of them.

I got a recipe for chicken or rabbit brine from here and made it up and popped the rabbit in there for 48 hrs, was going to be overnight but i got side tracked, never mind i did get back to it. haven't posted before apart from saying hello, so i hope it works out

The Rabbit out of the brine and jointed, the flecks are thyme and spices

Decided to fit them with bacon coats

I had a couple of turkey wings so i hit them with a chipotle and lime rub

Built a square from heatbeads and filled the centre with the bits of limp charcoal left in the bottom of the bag, I then placed some split pieces of bottle brush which catch fire and bring the heat up quicker

My set up

the chimney with 50 /50 heat beads and lump charcoal

and the quest begins

A warm day in Perth my cooking box is already running 140 without the fire

My secret weapon a Banksia nut, gives a nice smoke over a long period

Temperature was up to 225 - 240 so in they go

The TBS doing its magic, I kept them around the 250 mark for a couple of hours and then took the temp up to 350 for the last 20 minutes to crisp up the wings

Job done and turned out awesome, rabbit was moist thanks to the brine and bacon, flavour was great will definitely do this again, although it did use up a fair bit of ice cold beer!!! not drop was spilt during the making of this
Hi Shertim,

What a great idea on how to prepare rabbit!  I've only cooked it a few times, and went with a braise as the meat is so lean.  The idea of brining and smoking with bacon seems like a really great way to keep it moist and add some flavor to what can be a bland meat.

Nice job on breaking down the rabbit, too!  

Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!
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