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Q: Cooking rabbit ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Cooking rabbit
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: suziesqueaks-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 04 Jul 2003 20:32 PDT
Expires: 03 Aug 2003 20:32 PDT
Question ID: 225265
To what internal temperature should rabbit be smoked?
Subject: Re: Cooking rabbit
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 04 Jul 2003 20:56 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Virginia
Cooperative Extension recommend that rabbit should be cooked to an
internal temperature of 160 F:

"For safety, USDA recommends cooking rabbit to an internal temperature
of at least 160 F. The use of a food thermometer is recommended to
make sure that your rabbit is safe to eat."

Food Safety and Inpection Service: Food Safety of Rabbit


Smoking meat -

Marinate or apply seasoning to both the outside and inside of the body
cavity. Some individuals prefer to marinate for 8 hours in a dry red
wine before smoking. Others apply seasoning liberally.

Example of a seasoning mixture

1 lb. 10 ozs. table salt
1 tablespoon onion salt
2 tablespoons celery salt
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons paprika
4 tablespoons black pepper
4 tablespoons white pepper
2 tablespoons dill salt
3 tablespoons monosodium glutamate*
4 tablespoons white sugar

*Persons sensitive to MSG should omit this ingredient 

Mix thoroughly, let stand in a covered jar at refrigerated temperature
for several days before using.

Cold-smoke for 1 to 2 hours at 75-85 F. 

Cooking procedures -
Roast in a 225-250 F oven to an internal temperature of 160 F.
Because some meat contains little fat, one may need to baste with
vegetable oil, butter, or cover with bacon strips."

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Here's a brief instruction for smoking a 3 1/2 pound rabbit:

"Cut rabbit into quarters or in half. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Smoke-cook at 200F for 3 hours. Recommended wood: hickory."


Another, rather "folksy" instruction:

"Smoked Rabbit: Yep! They smoke up just fine. Wash them if they are
fresh kill, soak in salt water over night and don't forget to clean
all the shot out of them. Rinse again in the morning and pat dry with
a paper towel. I sprinkle garlic salt and black pepper only on old
'Bugs' then drape pieces of uncooked bacon over the top. Rabbit is
lean meat and the bacon helps to keep it moist as well as adds a
little flavor. Hold the bacon in place with toothpicks. Set 'Bugs' on
your smoker and start adding the wood. Most rabbits are small and only
take about 4 hr. to be completely done."

Wild Game Preserve

Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "rabbit" + "internal temperature of"

Google Web Search: "smoked rabbit"

I hope this information is useful. If anything is unclear, or if a
link does not function, please request clarification; I'll be glad to
offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best wishes,

Request for Answer Clarification by suziesqueaks-ga on 05 Jul 2003 09:03 PDT
You gave me even more information than I sought.  Since you have those
rabbit sites, do you know of any offering rabbit dog treats for sale?

Thank you.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 05 Jul 2003 10:38 PDT
Wow, rabbit dog treats. My three doggies would love these!

I did find a couple of places that offer dog treats containing rabbit
meat (and there are rabbit treats for cats, too!)

"Aunt Jeni's Rabbit for Dogs:

Rabbit (Contains Rabbit Meat and Rabbit Heart), Winter Squash, Summer
Squash, Apples, Celery, Whole Eggs, Ground Flax Seeds, Kale, Collard
Greens, Rabbit Bones, Rabbit Liver, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar,
Alfalfa Meal, Kelp, Parsley, Garlic, Grapefruit Seed Extract.

$3.95 per pound"


Here's a list of retailers that sell Aunt Jeni's products:

Aunt Jeni 

And here are some "Rabbit Jerkees" for dogs and cats (pricey, but I
bet they last a long time):

"Rabbit is probably the ideal meat for dogs and cats. These jerkees
are very basic by design... Rabbit meat, whole rye flour and a pinch
of salt. Great for pets with food sensitivities and also just for a
healthy, natural snack. You will be amazed at how much your pet will
love the taste of Rabbit Jerkees. Exclusively made for
Rabbit Jerkees are .80 each, 10 for $7.00, 100 for $65 or 1000 for

Pet Extras


Request for Answer Clarification by suziesqueaks-ga on 05 Jul 2003 12:05 PDT
Wow!  You are really good.  You came very close with the rabbit jerky,
but the rye flour rules it out.  My dog's diet is extremely restricted
until we determine what she is allergic to.

Thanks for the very good effort.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 05 Jul 2003 15:52 PDT
Thank you very much for the tip!

I am sorry that you were not fully satisfied. Regarding the matter of
my having sent you something you'd found on your own, please keep in
mind that Google Answers Researchers have no way of knowing what
you've already found, unless you tell us! ;-)

I am a bit puzzled by your statement that I did not address the
question you asked. Which question that you asked did I fail to


Request for Answer Clarification by suziesqueaks-ga on 05 Jul 2003 16:48 PDT
I was probably being unduly picky in that rating.  You did address the
question I asked about temperature.  The additional information did
not address the question.  It was, however, entertaining.  Would you
like me to change your rating to 5 stars?  I will be happy to do
so...if there is a way to do it.

I love your name.

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 05 Jul 2003 18:06 PDT
I didn't mean to sound argumentative. Ratings, once assigned, cannot
be changed. I just wanted to make sure that I'd provided the basic
information you needed. I always try to throw in a few additional
goodies, such as the seasoning recipe and such. Must be because I grew
up in the South, where "a little extra" is the norm for good service.

Best of luck with your dog's diet. Allergies can certainly make things
difficult. I hope you can zero in on the cause.

suziesqueaks-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
The only reason I did not rate at 5 stars is because the researcher
sent me something I had already found on my on, and because it did not
address the question I asked.

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