How To Cook Squirrel

If you know how to cook squirrel properly, you'll end up with some great tasting wild game. One of the simplest ways to cook a squirrel is to grill it.

Squirrel is a small game animal that is hunted in many parts of the United States. Fox squirrels are the largest species, and are usually red in color. There is a black variation of the fox squirrel. The town of Marysville, Kansas is known as "Black Squirrel City".



Many people may turn up their noses at eating squirrel, but in fact, a young squirrel is very good eating. The red meat is tender, with just a touch of gaminess in the flavor. The best parts are the hind legs and the small backstraps. Both are very meaty and very tasty.


Preparing and Cooking Squirrel

The first step in preparing a tasty squirrel meal is to clean it quickly after the kill. The sooner the squirrel is cooked after it's taken, the better it will taste. You can freeze them to cook later, but they're best when fresh.

After cleaning the squirrel, cut it into individual pieces. Separate the hind legs and front legs from the carcass, then split the back into two sections.

Season the squirrel with seasoned salt and black pepper, then cook over a medium high charcoal grill for one hour or so. The older the squirrel, the more time it will take. No matter how young the squirrel is, it'll probably be a little chewier than a nice rib eye steak.

But the flavor will be excellent.


To the best of my knowledge, squirrel is not available commercially, nor is it farm raised. You have to know or be a hunter to get one of them. So if you have access to this game animal, you now know how to cook squirrel with the best of them.





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