Anyone here eat groundhogs?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by r.h. in okla., Oct 26, 2005.

  1. I know where one lives and have been thinking about giving it a try. I was deer hunting the other day and saw one lounging on a big rock in the sun. His den was nearby. I've never eaten groundhogs before but I have some wild game recipe books that have recipes for groundhogs. I have been thinking about grinding him up and making groundhog sausage. Anybody want to join me for breakfast?
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Seasoned sausage would disguise what you are eating. After that you can bake them in the oven. Very tasty and grabbing a drumstick don't really taste like chicken.
     

  3. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    I have had roasted groundhog and rather liked it. Just be sure it is fully cooked.
     
  4. foxtrapper

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    I pretty regularly eat groundhog. It's one under appreciated meat! Hadn't thought of making a sausage from one. Gonna have to try that.

    I like it best in stews and the like. Mild flavor, mm, roughly akin to lamb. The meat is lean, but the animal is very fat. Tends to be on the tough side, which makes stewing work well. If you make a sandwich with it, you're going to do a lot of chewing.
     
  5. buddyboat

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    We tried Groundhog (Woodchuck to us) and hated it. The fibers of the meat seemed to have fat in them, very chewy. Yuck !
    Now, our favorite varmint is Squirrel. You should par-boil the meat before you oven or pan cook. Very tender and yummy !
    Good luck, Buddyboat
     
  6. silentcrow

    silentcrow Furry Without A Clue

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    Never tried it myself, but my brother did (unknowingly at first). My dad had shot one that was raiding his garden, so he dressed it, cut some up and cooked it in teriaki sauce (home made). My brother loved teriaki, and was used to my dad cooking beef, chicken or hot dogs like that. Never asked, just ate it. My dad told him afterwards what it was :p He liked it, though.
     
  7. FolioMark

    FolioMark In Remembrance

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    The Caruthersville Baptist Ladies Aid Cookbook from 1912 has a nice recipe for groundhog. Its done just like a pot roast with potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and celery and savoury herbs. Sounds mighty yummy to me. Ive noticed a big old woodchuck sunning himself in the little grassy plot between the rail road tracks down the street from my house. I see him most mornings when I walk to the bus stop. That little grassy plot, bordered on one side by a drainage ditch, attracts all kinds of critters. Ive often seen the woodchuck, a couple of possums and a whole family of rabbits taking the morning air before the traffic
    gets too busy not to mention all kinds of birds. I think they are attracted partly by the grain that falls out of the passing grain cars that pass over two sets of points there on the way to the elevator on the far side of town. :sing:
     
  8. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    i have heard some folk say that the young ones are good.

    i ate raccoon once and it was not bad. my dad was a coon hunter and was cooking one on the woodstove inside to use as dog food. it smelled pretty good so i tried it. i pulled some off the backstrap and it tasted like beef. a little tough but definately "beefy".

    i bet groundhog jerky would be good.
     
  9. Quint

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    A danged tasty rodent! I like them roasted with onions and potatoes or BBQ over a hickory fire. Very under appreciated victuals. I have a time cleaning them. Extremely tough skin and I've never quite got the hang of dressing one. I'd cook him up like you would a nice roast just so you fully experience the meat at least once before getting one to grind up for sausage. Groundhog sausage is a neat concept. If you make it be sure to tell us how it works.
     
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    Like most wildlife the younger the better. Try a small one in the spring, and cook it like you do squirrel. You might change your mind. :1pig:
     
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    DH says the hillbilly way to cook groundhog is to boil it in salted water till the bones almost turn loose, then put it on a pan, sprinkle some pepper on it and bake in the oven long enough to get it dried off on the outside.
    He also said don't eat too much at one setting unless you want to spend some time in the outhouse, for some reason it has a laxative effect.
     
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    I don't know that I could bring myself to kill one--I kinda like watching them and they aren't that common (but not rare) in Missouri. Which is odd cause I've splattered a many Prarie Dog in South Dakota. I wouldn't hesitate to eat one though. Coon is pretty good--you just have to parboil it before you barbecue it. I imagine ground hog may be the same way.
     
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  13. Well I haven't gotten around to catching that critter yet, but I haven't forgotten about him. I've been spending most of my time trying to catch a deer but just about everytime I go out I stop by his den to see if he is still using it, and he is. Gun season is over now and if I can ever get caught up on processing my 3 deer I've quartered up and get caught up on my Honey Do list, then maybe I can go back after him and his close cousins the squirrels. Everyday I go out deer hunting I would see what seems like a hundred squirrels running around everywhere. I also know where a racoon den tree is, but I won't eat a racoon unless he has been pinned up for a few weeks and I know what he has been eating.
     
  14. rabbitgal

    rabbitgal Ex-homesteader

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    Hey, if it eats vegetables, it's probably ok, right? Rabbit tastes pretty good. People eat bear and pork without getting sick.
     
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    Most wild meats are an acquired taste due to the sometimes gamey taste. Typically, the older the gamier. The young ones are tender if cooked right. A slow cooker or stew is usually a good option. I grind them if they seem like they are going to be tough, then mix with pork, beef, venison or whatever else I have available. Sausage is a great idea...might have to try that. I have to agree with buddyboat on the squirrel being the best of the wild varmits.
     
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    deer, rabbit and grouse are my favorites. when i think of squirels i think...TREE RATS!
     
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    just finished getting one in the pot. Havn't tried it before. Doing a type of "beef" stew with it. We'll see what my wife thinks! she's the real critic when it comes to wild game.
     
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    I didn't realize this was an old thread until I read the post from silentcrow. I wonder how he's doing.

    I keep saying I'm going to try groundhog in the crockpot but seems when I get one I never have the time to clean and prepare it.
     
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    When I was growing up out in southwestern Kansas, church groups used to raise money through groundhog suppers.

    But, they served pork sausage and pancakes.
     
  20. MOgal

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    Oggie, when my grandfather was still alive, he used to love asking a visitor if they'd eaten this or that wild meat. Then he'd ask if they'd had ground hog. When they were a little shocked and disgusted, Papa would give a big smile and say "What? You've never eaten sausage?" Thanks for reminding me of his sense of humor. Loved my grandpa whose been gone over 40 years now.

    Saw a groundhog coming home from Columbia last week. He was on the right hand side of eastbound I-70, right close to Bourne Feed for all the Boone County folks. Inside the city limits, he's probably pretty safe from everything but fast moving vehicles. We had a groundhog under the back porch until until our dearly departed Pyr Tasha tangled with him. Man, those critters can be wicked fighters but I think he took the worse beating. We couldn't find a source of the blood on Tasha's muzzle, either on her muzzle or in her mouth.
     
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