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How to cook squirrel.

Updated on June 27, 2012

Cooking Squirrel

Even though a squirrel looks like a rat with a fuzzy tail....it is quite a tasty 4 legged meal. A My Space friend of mine sent me a recipe....her name is DJ April Dawn....sweet lady. An old wives tale states,"If you don't sing while cookin' a squirrel...you'll get nuts instead of pearls!"

Sooooo Ladies....if you cook a squirrel...you can sing anything by Barry Manilow or Van Halen's "Jump!" I don't know why I chose Van Halen except for the reason that David Lee Roth favors a chubby squirrel in spandex.

Here's the recipe!

Fried squirrel
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


2 skinny squirrels, cut up (or 1 fat squirrel)


3 tbs all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c milk or chicken broth
salt and pepper
brown bouquet sauce

use vegetable oil or lard if you don't mind sacraficing a few days of life.

In large plastic food-storage bag orplastic container, combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; shake it (butts too) for mixing. Coat em good!

Toss in squirrel pieces; shake to coat. In large skillet, heat 1/8 inch of oil for 2 skinny squirrels, or 1/4 inch of oil for fat squirrel, over medium-high heat until hot. Add meat; brown on all sides. Turn down heat; cover tightly.

Cook over very low heat until tender, 35-45 minutes for 2 skinny squirrels, 20-25 minutes for fat squirrels, turning pieces once.

Take off cover and cook 5 minutes longer to crispy.


Squirrel gravy!


Discard all but 3 tablespoons oil. Over medium heat, stir flour into oil. Blend in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add bouquet sauce if darker is desired. Serve gravy with meat and you man will looooove you!

If that won't make your tongue slap your brains out!

Be sure and sing now!

You can watch the video at: www.myspace.com/twistedtom1

She's lookin' up squirrel recipes.

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      Tom Cornett 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by, Craig. Alabama ladies are great cooks. :o)

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      craig 4 years ago

      from LA lower Alabama I found a girl that can cook squirrel yes I"am a happy man

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      Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Stars....May God bless you too. :o)

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Brings back wonderful memories of mom's cooking. Squirrels were delicious when cooked right. Dad cooked turtles deliciously too. Long time ago. God Bless You.

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      Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Sally....LOL...I remember buckshot in squirrels too...I can still hear them clinking in the pan. :o)

      Thanks Wes....LOL....I feel the same way....A guy I use to work for called them,"Rats with fuzzy tails.". :o)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      heheheh

      I like this!

      Just last night I had dinner with my folks (they live thirty foot to my left), and we were having fried bass fillet (my catch), and the dad was saying, "I'm going to start shooting the squirrels in our yard."

      I said, " great, so long as you clean it, I'll eat it."

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a great read, not to mention the video on cooking squirrel.

      My father was born and raised not too far from you, in Logan County. As a boy, he regularly shot squirrels for the family dinner. I don't know what kind of firearm he used, I guess a shot gun, because I remember my grandmother complaining that by the time she got the shot out of the squirrel, there wasn't much left. :)

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      Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Lilleyth. :o)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Squirrels are the bane of my existence. Good hub. Keep eating them!

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      Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Annie....yip...people will eat just about anything. :)

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      Annie Bows 6 years ago from Everywhere USA

      Looks like I'm a little late getting in on all the fun here! Wish I knew about it sooner. I haven't ever had squirrel meat, but I would eat it if it was bled right. (Not the brains though. I just don't think I could choke down anykind of brains. Ga-Ross!) I have heard of people eating guinea pigs, frog legs, ostrich eggs. Shoot fire, people will eat anything! Myself, I like perch if it's cooked right.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Lady E...thanks....:) they taste like fuzzy chickens. :)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Really??

      Nooo, they are so adorable. How could you eat them? lol. Even reading the Recipe makes me laugh.

      Great Hub. :)

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Sounds mighty tasty..will do!

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      oscillationatend ....thanks for stopping by....LOL......Rats shouldn't worry...squirrels taste like chicken. :)

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      This sounds...almost tasty. I'll try any food once. Although..the pet rat next to me is a bit perturbed. I just keep telling her it's a different species!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      denniesmatt....LOL! come on....just a tid bit! :)

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      dennisematt 8 years ago

      whats so sick AND funny is its true. every word of it. Im not allowed to mention my husband's squirrel eating days..oops..

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      denniesmatt...LOL....love this story....sick but funny!.....I don't think I want anymore nuts either....thanks! :)

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      dennisematt 8 years ago

      My Mother in Law takes her youngest son out to dinner. They go to Applebee's cuz of how they have free dessert this one day. Shes been missing him, he is the baby you know, and hes been off camping for a week. Ever since he got his armpit hair, no one has seen much of him. So, he's a 16 year old manly man, and they eat their meal. She orders some cake, with warm walnuts and maple syrup. He gets real pale, but being manly eats fast without complaint. She says "Oh baby, sweet poor chlid of mine, what could be wrong with you? Not savoring this fine dessert?" so he tells his story: We got squirrel, see..and it was dinner time...we had the fire going nice and hot, I had to shit so I made Derrick cook it. Well, we were eating it and it was kinda funny. Sweet and nutty, and he says "this is the nuttiest squirrel I ever ate," then I get all funny feeling and say "you DID gut it right?" and he says "NOOOO I thought you gutted it.." he excused himself from the table to vomit....and we havent been allowed to serve nuts at any family meals since...

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Paper Moon....squirrel minds think alike! :)

      Rochelle....oh yes...we may all be eating little varmits before long. :)

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      We have lots of squirrels around here-- some of them even nap on the center line of the road with four feet in the air. This recipe could come in handy when times get tougher.

      Actually the recipe isn't any different than cooking rabbit, chicken, fish- any small pieces of meat it's all good.

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      This got me thinking about squirrels. Squirrels and I go way back So I did a hub on it. Cindy reminded me about this one, so I will place a link to this one. It seems that you inspired me.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      loubeeloo....thanks....yip ....squirrel.....you're welcome! :)

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      loubeeloo 8 years ago

      aha... came to see who my first fan is...... and you are a man who eats squirrels!... it all amkes sense now. Thanks for the compliment. xx

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Am I dead, yet....thanks...keep laughing, it's good for ya!! :)

      Candie......LOL...yip...I don't think he's a veggie guy. :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ralwus seems to be a carnivor!! I say pass him the dental floss.. he has something in his teeth!

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      xD -I am still ROFL-

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      mayhmong....oh yeah...the smell...LOL...I understand. :)

      ralwus....LOL.....I bet you're snacking on Beaver Bites right now! :)

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm afraid I'll get everyone sick. Just thinking about it makes me nausea. Blaaah! The smell!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      mayhmong.....LOL...oh ...come on...put on some recipes! :)

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Maybe I should tell ya how my culture cooks. Trust me, you do NOT want to know!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      ralwus....LOL!.....you must be a butt-on man. :)

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      OOO, I just had to come back and look at Chef Hooter's buttons.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Candie...LOL! Traffic jam....hahahahah! thanks. :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I used to work in corporate America, there was one man.. Class A family man (unlike so many others who were having office affairs) so one day this guy lifted his sandwich out of his brief case and exclaimed it was the heaviest ever. Turns out his 4 year old son made his PB sandwich with his matchbox cars.. It was a peanut butter and traffic jam sandwich!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      LOL....you thought is was chicken!

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      Deece 8 years ago from Piqua, OH

      SO THAT IS HOW MOM DOES IT, I have always wondered....lol

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Janetta...LOL! cracked me up too! :)

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      Janetta 8 years ago

      I don't think so, Tom...I never saw Bob with any Beaver!! ROFLMAO oh sorry, I cracked myself up!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Janetta...LOL...I think you're confusing squirrel with beaver. Oh yeah...Bob could put a 1st grade class to sleep....ith his kind and soothing voice. :)

      Brenda......grins...I don't now but I have eaten squirrel.....taste a lot like chicken...wild chicken. :)

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      please tell me you would never cook a rodent...... or a beautiful cute squirrel

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      Janetta 8 years ago

      LOL--eating squirrell---that sounds dirty, sorry it's the gutter mind ;)

      and yes, Bob Ross had a squirrel, it's name was pea pod and he kept it in his shirt pocket. Sometimes it would climb on him while he painted. My aunt and uncle used to watch the show...they even taped it to watch it later. Something about his voice puts me in a trance....

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Am I dead, yet....grins....I don't dare put my frog leg recipe on! :)

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      Tom! o.0*

      well, then there is also the gravy... I am with GT on this one xD

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hey....I could peanut butter stuff a squirrel and fry it in jelly....genius!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      PBnJ is an excellent alternative to squirrel!! Tammy, you guys are the best ever!!

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Sure, they might be tasty, but how can people stand to eat those cute little things???lol

      I always chose a peanut butter sandwich for dinner when my mom fixed the squirrel that my dad had gotten...hahaha...sorry sweetie!:)  ~~hugs~~

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Janetta....Candie.....squirrels are tasty...but I do understand why people don't want to eat them. Bob Ross had a squirrel? :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I don't remember Bob's squirrel :( I do remember his paintings all had happy little rocks in them. I rank eating squirrel with eating snakes. Not gonna do it, unless I'm starving, and as long as there's a grocery store down the hill, I'm not gonna starve.

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      Janetta 8 years ago

      eeeewwwwwwww :P

      I fully and unconditionally accept my redneck roots, but I will never eat a squirrel. That's where I have to draw the line. When I think of squirrles, I think Of that cute one Bob Ross had....

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      LOL....nutty cammo....there might just be a market for that! Blonde Poet might know of a kangaroo recipe? We should ask her. :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      There must one out there somewhere.. perhaps..just a guess here...australia? I can't imagine anyone actually hunting one, but you never know! I left a message on Deeces' does he do the squirrel hunting for you? Do you wear street clothes or cammo? By cammo I mean, do you cover yourselves in walnuts?

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Paper Moon...cool...I didn't know that...thanks! :)

      Candie.....Thanks.....I wonder if there are recipes for Kangaroo? :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      LOL, great one Tom.. gray ones look like rats!! LOL!! I hear the rats in Australia are HUGE, with long tails and they hop like yards at time. (what?? they are?? are you sure?? Kangaroos?? Really?) Umm never mind Tom!

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      Out west in Colorado they have black squirrels. They also have longer ears.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hawkesdream...LOL....I like the red ones.....gray ones look like rats with fuzzy tails.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      Does it matter, or does it improve . red or grey squirrels? Do tell, lol

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Candie....LOL....KFS...Kentucky Fried Squirrel....dinner a six. :)

      Triplet Mom....sorry! .....maybe I should have a warning label on these types of hubs? Might want to skip my Possum Pie hub. :)

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Why did I have to read this while I was eating my lunch? The song did not help at all.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ralwus is right, they do serve them, My mom says it's kinda sick to see them on the serving plates in nice restaurants.. Nazish..squirrel eggs? Thank you Tom for recommending red wine, shall we go for the Cab or ligher like a shiraz? I'll bring one of each and try them out.. what time is dinner? Should I pick up a bucket of KFC?

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      nazishnasim...LOL...no worry....don't have a cat recipe. :)

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      Next thing, you'd be telling us how to cook a cat! I practically dragged my cat back to its avatar. It fears for its life on hubpages! *the cat shrieks again*

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      ralwus....never heard of eating guinea pigs before.....a person could probably cook most anything with the right spices and preparation. Does you neighbor have the recipe? That would make a cool hub. :)

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Well the Peruvians eat guinea pigs, quite tasty too I hear. My dear neighbor lived down there many years ago and attested to it's delicacy.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Dink....LOL....Gopher? There has to be a recipe out there somewhere. Thanks! :)

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      nazishnasim.....don't cry...I only eat bully squirrels....they steal nuts from the little ones.

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      Dink96 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I wonder if the same would work for gophers? We had a whole passle (sp?) of them at our old house. Tried everything to get rid of them. So we just sold the house--after full disclosure of course. We heard the new owner tried shooting them! Interesting blog with raucous comments, Tom!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Mireille....LOL....never ate porcupines....they even come with their own tooth picks! Thanks! :)

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      *drops two squirrel egg-sized tears*

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Candie...Red wine....guys are missing the girl because squirrel is so scrumtious....the brain blocks out sex! Thanks! :)

      alekhouse....grins....just imagine they are fuzzy chicken. :)

      Pete....finally someone noticed the chef...LOL...Thanks! :)

      ralwus......LOL....I use to see squirrel tails all the time on cars and trucks. Never tried the brain but I bet it's tasty. Randy Travis is one of my favorites...thanks! :)

      Shirley....just knock em out and slap a stamp on them. :)

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think there's some sort of funny law about firing a rifle in one's backyard in this city but I'd be happy to send 'em to ya alive. I'll just put breathing holes in the top of the box so they don't die and smell bad before you get them.

      Bon appetit!

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      T I just want you to know I was jesting. I was actually thinking of Randy Travis as I listened. Must be your old Nashville connection huh?

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      Mireille G 8 years ago from Kansas

      When I was a kid my grand father use to talk about eating porcupines during the war. They said it was tasty, but I was glad that we never had to eat any. Squirrel I don't know! I pretty adventuresome so he you fixed it, I would probably try it. But I am not going out of my way to catch one.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Squirrel is good. My grandmother used to eat only the brain. She's crack the litle skull open with her spoon and scoop it out like caviar. Boy it's amazing how well you sing. You sound almost like Willy. LOL Nice recipe too. Do you drive around with tails on the antennae?

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I like Van Halen so that part is OK. I think I'll pass on meal but I would like to spend some time wrestling the spool away from your chef. :-)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Sorry, Tom, they're too little and cute for me to ever think of eating one!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Now you didn't mention if it goes with red or white wine.. I believe in well blended flavors.. I'm picturing white, but I've been wrong before.. would this work well in Kabobs? (or at your house KaToms.)  The galloping gourmet never had squirrel on his show..

      I'm finding it interesting the girl in the cooking outfit isn't even getting a mention. You have found a way to focus the comments on the hub itself! Outstanding!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Paper Moon....LOL! You're talking about other white meat. :)

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      I am just glad I wasn't asked to squeal like a pig!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Ivorwen...grins..thanks..I'll check it out. :)

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Sound Delicious!  Now, to find a couple of squirrels and learn your song...  :D

      Personally, I always liked the Beastie Boys parody 'Squirrels'.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoAsPwBGpFc

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      TamCor...LOL! They are all missing the song video because they don't want to see a squirrel fry! :)

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Toad...LOL...we had Chinese tonight....never seen a squirrel within miles of it....hmmmm?

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Only you would make a song about cooking squirrels...love the video!~~hugs~~

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      advisor...eeew...man that's tasty?

      eovory....oh yeah...got to let them soak...thanks! :)

      Cristoph...shoot away brother and hang them on the fence...somebody will eat them. :)

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I'll come back later Tom after my smoke, maybe a case of the munchies, things will sound better. But it doesn't sound as bad the teriyaki "chicken" they serve here in Chinatown. As least you say up front what it is.

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I'm all for shootin' em, but I'll leave the cookin' and eatin' to t'others.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Laughing Mom...hey tequila kicks ass with squirrel burgers! :)

      Shirley...can you shoot em and mail em? :)

      Cindy...I know...Iknow...squirrels are people too! :)

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Tried squirrel once on an open grill. Not bad. Trouble I had, it was right after field cleaning it. I would enjoy it better if I could have waited a day or two.

      if the economy gets worse and I need food, by backyard has rabbits and squirrels. I may eat good. And the lakes around here have plenty of fish.

      Keep on Hubbing!

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      ewwww

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      oops, duplicate

      but then again DOUBLE EWWWW

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      I used to think David Lee Roth was quite hot, many years ago obviously, but now you've ruined that for me as well!

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Well. It's recipes like this that make me glad that I don't know how to cook. :)

      If you need a few squirrels for your stew pot Tom, we've got a lot of them in the backyard you can have. You have to come and catch them though. Don't worry, I'll work the video to capture the hunt on film. Squirrels may look cute from a distance but they sure know how to ruin a garden and empty the bird feeders. Close up they just look like rats.

      As for a chubby squirrel in spandex, that's funny, created a very amusing mental picture, indeed.

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Okay, that didn't sit well with the tequila. I'll come back tomorrow and try it again.

      David Lee Roth favors a chubby squirrel in spandex?! Oh, now I'm really going to be sick!

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Awwwwwwwww ahhhhhhhh noooooo, not poor cute little squirrels that squirrel away nuts just before winter!