Southern Cuisine: Barbecued Coon

This is another recipe that many Southerners enjoy. I have actually tasted this one, and I have to admit, it was pretty good, but I never could get around the idea of it being a raccoon I was eating. I’m really not sure why. Food prejudices are deeply ingrained in most of us, from an early age. Raccoons are actually pretty clean animals – much cleaner than chickens. So why do we chow down on chicken but eschew raccoon meat? Food prejudices are the only way to explain it!

The best way to cook a coon is to barbecue it on the grill. To do this, you’ll need a young adult coon that has been killed and cleaned. The head and feet should be removed. Don’t use a really large coon. This is probably an older animal and will have a strong taste. Also, it will most likely be tough.

Cut the coon in serving-size pieces. Now you’re ready to cook it!

Barbecued coon

What you’ll need:

One dressed coon, cut into pieces

½ cup apple cider vinegar

One large white onion, sliced

4 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced lengthwise, with seeds removed

One teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

Barbecue sauce

Directions:

Thoroughly wash coon pieces and place in a large pot with a lid. Cover the meat with cold water and boil for 20 minutes. Pour off water.

Add fresh cold water, vinegar, onions, peppers, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place lid on pot and boil gently for about 90 minutes, or until meat is tender.

Remove meat from pot and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, draining on paper towels.

Dip pieces in your favorite barbecue sauce – I like a sweet tangy sauce like Bullseye Original or Sweet Baby Ray’s. Brown the coon pieces over hot coals. The meat is already cooked, so you’re just trying to brown it and give it some smoky flavor.

 

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Right now I'm thinking of two of my brothers baby coon "pets" they rescued on our farm years ago and managed to house for several hours/days. So I have my reservations on whether or not I'll be trying this well presented recipe of yours out. On the other hand another memory flashed before my eyes; a slightly elder raccoon that decided to spend the day in my window well in a "drunken" stupor. He was blind and scruffy and well let's just say had I had this recipe then maybe someone would have tried it out on him!!!!

Great stuff Habee!


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Cay 6 years ago from America.

This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting hub not sure if I could eat Raccoon - Thanks for sharing


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

It's funny habee, as a kid, I used to turn my nose up at some of the food my mom said she ate coming up as a child, until I found out that I had eaten some of the same things she ate I just didn't know it - I often wondered why the "chicken" we'd eat tasted odd at times :). I don't think I've had racoon before, but who knows?! Congrats on your score of 100.


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Seems that many people I follow have gone for food recently. This is an eye-opener for me. Have a look at how I cook kangaroo.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Habee, I have tried coon but not a favorite.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Hello, habee, congratulation on your score of 100 and your lots of hubs. I am trying hard to catch up with you but it is impossible. I don't think I can use your recipe because on the street of London it's hard to catch one hahaha


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub Habee. I've got a few coons that have been coming around trying to get my chickens. They might just find themseves Barbecued soon. Thanks for the recipe.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Since people always say exotic meats taste just like chicken, maybe we can substitute chicken in your recipe!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I absolutely adore you, but there is no way I can embrace this. I am so sorry.


David Russell 6 years ago

When our avocado trees are in full fruit, the Recoons move in. While our dog keeps them at bay, we use the swimming pool net to catch one. A twist and they are locked in until we drive it to a nearby park and set it free. Send me a cage and I can fill it with enough Coons for you to have a block party. David Russell


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Awww...how does it survive if it's blind? Now I'm gonna worry about that poor old raccoon.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading, Cay!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Coolmon, I have a problem with it, too!


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

You might be a redneck...if you BBQ a coon.

Wasn't aware people ate coons or possoms. I've seen to many of them as roadkill to dig in anytime soon.

Interesting hub though. And I agree with you about chickens being dirty. Most of our society, including me, is so far removed from where our food comes from, we're not capable of thinking about it very long...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I never try to taste raccoon before. But you made it more delicious. I hope you complete this with picture. But it is also good. wonderful hub and nice recipes. thanks my friend.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Veronica. That 100 didn't last long! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Gramarye, I'll pass on the roo!


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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

I think I remember eating 'coon as a child, not realizing that it was a racoon. Thanks for sharing this and bringing back memories.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Mine either, Robert. How ya been?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

HH, that 100 won't last long!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nancy, please don't kill them when they have babies! Okay?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Great idea, Sheila!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Bpop, no prob - I don't eat it, either!

BTW, where was breakfast this morning? I had to make my own!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I appreciate the offer, David, but I don't eat coon! My ex did, however.


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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

quite interesting, I like those with pork mmmmmmmmmm marinated in curd for around 12 hours.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Stan! Really, I'm not a redneck, and I don't like coon or possum. But you're right about folks' thinking that meat comes only in neat little packages.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Praetio, thanks for reading, and congrats on your hubscore!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Msannec, I've only had the one bite. I hope I never have to eat more!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Dinkan, is that milk curd or bean curd?


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mel22 6 years ago from ,

Not quite as bad as possum , but crazy anyway ! Won't be trying this one either but thanks for clueing me in to what kinda food Southerers are actually willing to try ! Better than chicken feet or the balut eggs they eat in Philippines , that I've seen !


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

How can you eat something with such a sweet face lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Mel, few Southerners actually eat coon and possum, but they used to!


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Same thing when I tried to eat armadillo -- it was passable but I couldn't get past how ugly it was! Great Hub, habee. Best, Sis


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I don't, Ethel, but don't you think cows have sweet faces? lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sis, I haven't tried armadillo, but my friend has had it grilled at a festival. She said it was actually good!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

HaHa! When I scanned the title of this Hub, I saw "Barbecued Corn", and I'm all about that! What a surprise.

After reading your recipe, I might almost have tried it (if I ever had the off-chance of finding a coon already cleaned up here in the northeast), until I saw the pic of the cute face and big eyes at the end. You get 5 stars for setting me up!

Such a short Hub, such a big impact. Thumbs up in every way.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Aw, thanks, Sally!


Phillip I. Wink 3 years ago

I never cover a coon while cooking and as most wild game, allow it to soak in salted water refriderated for three days changing water and salt daily. I boil all sizes with only salt, black pepper and shorting until tender. Allow to cool in broth somewhat before rolling in only Kraft Hickory BBQ. Bake or grill uncovered until sause is cooked on. Never a complaint!


Phillip I. Wink 3 years ago

Deer ribs are cooked the same as my coon! Melts in your mouth and who needs sause or a grill! Too many seasonings spoils its natural goodnes! No lids, This lets any undesireables out! My wife's grandmother made boiled fish stew one time and you couldn't stay with it but it tasted just fine when done!

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