Smoked Groundhog

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Meat Mopper
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OTBS Member
Feb 9, 2006
Meadville, MO
I was wondering if anyone had ever tried to smoke a Groundhog? My buddy and I had a guy tell us that they were really good to eat, so we tried one. I thought that the taste was alot like rabbit. It was pretty good, but now that i am smoking alot I wondered if anyone had any tried a ground hog? Can you smoke it like a rabbit? Just wondering, I do not want to ruin one. They are kind of hard to get.
Man send Jethro up here to Minnesota, we have them things running around. I have never ate one, maybe I will have to catch on of them along with a muskrat and smoke them up to see what they taste like. I wonder if they are greasy like the beaver I
So that explains why it's supposed to be Spring and it's SNOWING outside!! You guy went and ate the groundhog~sheesh NO WONDER he didn't see his shadow!! :shock: :P :D
come and listen to the story of a man called Jed---
these are best served with possum shanks topped with gopher gravy.

if jl99 cooks it and you take the first bite-
count me in if you need another taster!!

this is serious---[does this place have spell check]
raccoons are great smoked then grilled for Que.

i have to forget about the ground hogs as my 30.06 vaporizes them.
Real funny guys--Groundhogs really are good to eat, as funny as that may sound, I just wondered if anyone had tried to smoke one. Evidently no one has ever tried to eat one. Y'alls missing out-no joke!!! I will keep every one informed on how it turns out. Thanks for the comments I will have to tell my buddy what you all said--he'll get a kick out of them!!!!!
yo be81 dude,
i am serious about the raccoons.
i smoke/que 3 or 4 a yr.

they are little bandits and abscond with or tear up every thing
that is not locked up and protected at my friends
lake house.

as you can figure i visit there 3 0r 4 times a year.

for a couple of yrs i would clean the messes up.and fuss at the bold suckers.

i will not kill anything for convenience.

when a mutual friend said he would SHOW ME
[im from missouri also]
how to cook them.
and i seen him take the first bite and swallow .
they have been on my menu since.

anheuser busch makes several beverages that complement the experience.--[also a MO. company]

served with loaded potatoes [im a republican]
and sesame green beans , its a meal to remember.

ain't this place great!
Hey Larry, I am very well aquainted with the beverages Anheuser-Busch makes, being a fellow Missourian I like to support the local brewery in STL. They make wonderful products. Anyway I was wondering if you could find out how he cooked those coons? I might want to have some of them someday. There is lots of those suckers around here in North Central Missouri.
Deer and Elk sure, Fish-Great!, Dove and Phesant? I say bring it on. I've even been know to salivate over freshly fried Rocky Mountin Oysters for goodness sake. But I'm just not sure about groundhogs, racoons, and rabbits. The thought gets me a little squimish. I suppose I can't knock it till I try it. I'm up for pretty much anything but just don't know if I'm game for this (pardon the pun). The boy just better not tell me what it is I'm cooking and eating till the whole meal is over and I've waxed poetic about the lovely spread we created.
Never et a groundhog but I have experience with coon.They are best cooked in liquid like you would cook a beef roast with taters,carrots and such.I cook them for several hours in the oven in a big roaster pan then lay them in the smoker on cool smoke for a couple hours.Just enough time to set the smokey taste into them.Then return to that big ol pot of taters carrots onion and celery,there great.They have the texture of a tender beef roast,the meat kinda comes off in strings with a fork.Kinda reminds me of pulling pork.I will try a groundhog if I can keep my dog from getting to them first,he lives to kill groundhogs.
In my neck of the woods they are called woodchucks. And they are DELICIOUS! I have never smoked one but I have spit roasted many. The biggie is to start them really slow, say at about 170F That's because of the great amount of fat on them, especially in late summer and fall. Refer to the thread on smoking bear roasts by Bigdaddyviking67 and that should give some good general guidelines for smoking the criiters we are talking about as well. Just remember to render out fat first. Don't even bother with flavorings at this point because they will end up in the fat pan. After the fat stops dripping remove and slather with yellow mustard, hit with your favorite rub and get on with the smoke. The meat is mildly flavored, not gamey at all and so I suggest you use a lighter smoke wood.
Hope this helps!
Growing up on a farm in Iowa, 'coon stew was a regular winter feast at Grandma's kitchen table. Back when there was still a decent skin/fur market we use to hunt and trap those little bandits sell the skins and eat the meat. When we went out for morning chores, she would put the ‘coon meat in the slow cooker along with some carrots, onions, potatoes and cover them with some water, or beef broth if she had it. Then by mid-afternoon the stew, and if we were real lucky some of her fresh bread was ready for eatin'. My mouth is watering just thinking about it
Back home in NYC,they are called woodchucks.Here in Delaware,they are called ground hogs.Whatever you call them,they are good to eat.The farmers here will let you shoot all that you want.I've bbq them,never smoked them.I've found out the best time to get them,is in early spring.Right after they come out of their holes,from the winter.At this time they are not loaded with fat.
I was talking about ground hogs at work and my cube neighboor told me that porcupines are even better. Man my wife is going to think I went damn insane when I start rounding up the local night critters for the next cookout.
And who would of thought that this topic would run to TWO pages?? :shock: I will admit to having dined on porcupines (military survival training thing) a little salt and pepper and their not half bad!
Thanks for the help. Now all I need is a nice jucy young tender groundhog. Man I'm getting hungry just talking about it!!! I can't wait. Will let you guys know how good it turns out. Thanks again
i got this from the book,

5 lbs ground hog or wood chuck cubed--
2 t salt
2 t black pepper-ground--
2 cloves minced garlic--
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 t rosemary -dried-crushed--
1/2 t sage--
1/2 t thyme--
2 tbl chopped parsley-


course grind--
then smaller grind--
stuff into casings--
put in fridge overnight--

he recomends pan fry in oil.

you gotta tell me how this tastes!!

like ive said before----
if i watch someone cook it ---
then eat it ---
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