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Old 07-26-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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How to cook a coon.

We have a lot of coons in the area and DH shoots them on occasion when they are trying to get my chickens. He shot one yesterday and tried to talk me into cooking it. I flat out refused.

I got to thinking about it this morning and started doing a little research on the net and found that it's actually eaten quite a bit. Anyway I'm still a little on the EUWWWW side of the subject but I'm thinking I may one day get up the nerve to try it.

I found this on the subject....just in case anyone is looking to branch out in their culinary arts.

Cooking Meat – Coon
Expert and Author Keith Patton

In preparing to cook a coon see that the kernels have been thoroughly cut out of the armpits, groins and from under the root of the tail after it has been skinned. Coons' kernels are similar to musk glands.
A coon beyond all other flesh absorbs any other flavor put with him; so sweet herbs are occasionally used.

Coons are pretty greasy so they need to be parboiled before cooking to serve. You can cook it on the stove top, by adding some beer and water and simmering it then draining the fat. You can then bake it, smoke it, or cook it like you would pulled pork until falling off the bone then serve with you favorite BBQ sauce on buns.

(Note From Author Keith Patton) – I took some to a dinner party of attorneys and the like and they loved it....until my wife told them what it was. Then they didn't go back for seconds...the pussies.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
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A long time ago, I had a raccoon as a pet. I took him to North Carolina when I lived there for a few months.
My neighbors wanted to buy him from me for Thanksgiving dinner.
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I cooked one years ago. It was yummy. It was cleaned by an experienced coon hunter so I have no idea about that part of it. I followed his recipie.

Cut up carcass and boil in a large pot with a whole peeled white potatoe and a whole peeled onion. about 1 hour.
Throw away the potato and onion.
Put meat in a baking dish with BBQ sauce and bake for awhile. I don't remember the time, but am thinking an hour.

It tasted like beef. Everyone loved it till they found out it was coon. LOL. Not sure if there is a seasonal safety issue with coons like there is with rabbits. They are mostly hunted in winter around here.
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ChickenLady, I love your recipes, but NO COON. Julie
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:06 AM   #7
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I cooked one years ago. It was yummy. It was cleaned by an experienced coon hunter so I have no idea about that part of it. I followed his recipie.

Cut up carcass and boil in a large pot with a whole peeled white potatoe and a whole peeled onion. about 1 hour.
Throw away the potato and onion.
Put meat in a baking dish with BBQ sauce and bake for awhile. I don't remember the time, but am thinking an hour.

It tasted like beef. Everyone loved it till they found out it was coon. LOL. Not sure if there is a seasonal safety issue with coons like there is with rabbits. They are mostly hunted in winter around here.
I may get adventurous and try it one day.

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ChickenLady, I love your recipes, but NO COON. Julie
Ok, you may be excused...
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:20 AM   #8
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I'm not eating Rocky....lol
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I'd try it! If YOU cooked it, CL - not sure I'd want to tackle one myself the first time around!
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:27 PM   #10
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I'd try it! If YOU cooked it, CL - not sure I'd want to tackle one myself the first time around!
My mom and step dad trap them and give them to their dentist. Mom says he puts them in a cage and feeds them for about a month before he butchers them. I swear these people from deep East Texas will eat anything.

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Nope could'nt do it their just to darn cute.....And I would be scared of rabies..
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:27 PM   #13
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LOL, I think the Joy of Cooking (original version) has a page on cooking Coon. Seriously.
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LOL, I think the Joy of Cooking (original version) has a page on cooking Coon. Seriously.
Yes you have to get a much older version... not the reprints in the last 10-20 years. It had recipes for most things and how to dress them before cooking.




It's not that everything is gross... it's that most people have not grown up eating or ever trying.
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None of my Southern cousins won't eat coon -they eat small critters sometimes so the meat isn't always tasty. But give them squirrel or possum...
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I USED to think raccoons were "cute" too until they accosted me between the parking lot and my front door one too many times. Then there was the group of raccoons that cornered and killed some feral cats I was feeding. Then there were the ones that climbed up onto my balcony and terrorized the plants and my cat!

So yeah, I'd eat one of the little buggers now, just to get even....
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Texas is home to some very large raccoons....some exceed 50 pounds! They can be a very big problem and cost small and large farmers a lot of money in repairing damaged equipment and replacing killed livestock. Raccoon Roundworm disease can be fatal and normally affects small children who accidentally ingest the droppings while in a yard or playground. Raccoons also carry rabies, distemper and mange.

There used to be a bounty on the skins here in this area but the price has gotten so low that no one will mess with it any more. The coyotes and the red wolves in this area eat them but the coons multiply so quickly that the natural predators don’t control their numbers. There are so many of them around here you can’t drive more that a few miles going into town without seeing one or more run over on the road.

I don’t have anything against them as long as they stay away from my chickens and out of my yard.
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Rocky was/is not a coon!!! Rocky is/was a flying squirrel! Huge difference.

My Mom & Dad really like coon. Mama usually cooked it and poured bbq sauce on it & cooked it some more in that.
I LOVE meat. Have always been a meat eater. But I don't care of coon. Care even less for possum. Yes, I've eaten both. I like squirrel much better. I've eaten a lot of squirrel in my life. (Well maybe not a lot, but quite a bit.) Have not eaten any of those in a long time. As I said, I didn't care for coon, so I never really paid much attention to how Mama cooked it really. For that matter tho, I never learned to cook till I got married. Oh I baked cakes, and a few cookies, etc., but didn't really know how to cook "food".
As the article above states you MUST remove those glands, or it will not be fit to eat. And, if the coon gets mad while you are trying to kill it, it may get really strong (those glands or kernels at work), and might not be edible.
(I grew up in SW Arkansas by the way.)
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I grew up in middle Iowa and we ate anything that my brothers could kill. Coon, snapping turtle, squirrel, etc. Coon are omnivores ( they eat plants and meat such as fish & crawfish) so their meat does taste different. As far as Im concerned, it is FREE protein.
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I think I'm with Ron

You got me at the 'kernels' part. I just couldn't clean and butcher
one with those smelly glands. Roundworm? OMG!

My mom was a southerner, deep south y'all and she always said
how tasty possum and squirrel were. She never mentioned coon.

Chicken Lady, we all love your recipes, and I will be wondering
how you did with the coons? Fifty pound coon would scare me too.
They came around here at 3:00 a.m. and shook my fence so that
the concord grapes came down.They ate them and spit the skins.
The brats cleaned me out. I don't plant grapes anymore
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I don't have any plans to cook a coon any time in the near future. I suppose it's always nice to know how to do something even if you have no intention of doing it...but I'm not going to say that I would never try it. If I was ever talked into it DH would have to do all the prep work and I would do the cooking.
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I think it's great to be so adventurous..I know I couldn't and wouldn't attempt that feat. Funny I was just contemplating trying a low carb vegetarian WOE...lol. Now that would be hard to do!!
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One thing about it if that's all I had to eat I would surely lose weight.LOL
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Spider Lily - that is a funny comment!

Chicken Lady, I read through this entire thread with my mouth open. I can't wrap my mind around eating those critters or the others mentioned either.
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Rocky was/is not a coon!!! Rocky is/was a flying squirrel! Huge difference.

My Mom & Dad really like coon. Mama usually cooked it and poured bbq sauce on it & cooked it some more in that.
I LOVE meat. Have always been a meat eater. But I don't care of coon. Care even less for possum. Yes, I've eaten both. I like squirrel much better. I've eaten a lot of squirrel in my life. (Well maybe not a lot, but quite a bit.) Have not eaten any of those in a long time. As I said, I didn't care for coon, so I never really paid much attention to how Mama cooked it really. For that matter tho, I never learned to cook till I got married. Oh I baked cakes, and a few cookies, etc., but didn't really know how to cook "food".
As the article above states you MUST remove those glands, or it will not be fit to eat. And, if the coon gets mad while you are trying to kill it, it may get really strong (those glands or kernels at work), and might not be edible.
(I grew up in SW Arkansas by the way.)
I was thinking of the song by Paul McCartney "Rocky Racoon"
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My mom only cooked 'coon 2 times as I can remember, and both times were for my uncle. The second time she literally threw the coon at him. He didn't get it killed before the "gland" kicked in, ruined the entire thing, and really stunk up the kitchen when it started cooking, not so much when she was preparing it (which means the glands were properly removed). Don't much like the flavor of the meat. Don't like squirrel either. Love rabbit, and muskrats I don't like the meat, but love the gravy. Never have tasted oppossum, never really been interested. I have sampled a wide variety of meats: ostrich, alligator, bison, deer, rattlesnake, conch, eel. Most I really wouldn't want to do again, except for maybe alligator. As long as it's dead, and usually cooked, I will give it a try... couldn't bring myself to try those chick-eggs in the Phillpines though. Also, not into trying bugs and worms... have a hatred of those, not ready to give them a taste test yet, with the exception that i have had chocolate cover ants and grasshoppers, and spicy fried earthworms.
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