How Long Does It Take to Cook a Raccoon? (Grab Yer Bib, Y’all!)

When you’re lookin’ to cook raccoon, it’s essential to remember that this unique delicacy demands patience. This isn’t your average backyard BBQ fare! Typically, the process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, all contingent upon the raccoon’s size and age. Think of it like preparing a pot roast; you’ll aim for low and slow to render that meat as tender as a lullaby. Using an oven set to a gentle 300°F and giving your raccoon the occasional basting can lead to a culinary experience where the meat practically melts off the bone.

Raccoon, much like other wild game, requires a bit of patience to ensure it’s both tender and flavorful. Typically, when you’re oven-baking your raccoon, you’d be lookin’ at anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size and age of the critter. Remember, slow and steady is the name of the game here. You’ll want to keep your oven’s temperature low, around 300°F, and baste your raccoon periodically with its juices or a nice BBQ sauce to keep it moist. The ultimate sign of a perfectly cooked raccoon is when that meat is fallin’ right off the bone. So, gather your spices, heat up that oven, and get ready to indulge in a true Southern delicacy! Happy eatin’!

Preppin’ that ‘Coon

First things first, y’all gonna need a raccoon. Make sure he’s clean and dressed proper, just like you’d do for Sunday church. Get rid of all them insides and give him a good ol’ wash down. Make sure to get any shot or broken bone outta there if he met his end by way of shootin’.

Slow and Steady Wins the Raccoon Race

Now, when it comes to cookin’ this critter, patience is your best buddy. We ain’t talkin’ ’bout throwin’ a burger on the grill; raccoon meat needs a little tender lovin’ care. You’re lookin’ at anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, dependin’ on the size and age of the critter, and the method of cookin’.

A Few Pointers for Perfect ‘Coon Cookin’:

  • If you find your raccoon’s a bit on the fatty side, trim off the excess. Some folks even parboil their ‘coon first to render out some of that fat.
  • Remember, raccoon is a wild meat, so the flavor might be a mite strong for some folks. Marinating can help mellow that out.
  • Always make sure your raccoon’s cooked through and through. We’re talkin’ an internal temperature of at least 165°F. Safety first, y’all.

Sides to Make Your ‘Coon Meal Shine

Now, every good main course needs some dandy side dishes. While our mashed taters are a classic choice, there’s a whole world of Southern sides waitin’ to be paired with your raccoon feast:

  1. Biscuits ‘n Gravy: Nothin’ says comfort like a soft biscuit drowned in creamy, peppered gravy. Throw in some sausage bits, and you’re in for a treat.
  2. Fried Okra: Get them okra pods, coat ’em in cornmeal, and fry ’em up golden. Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside – pure magic, I tell ya!
  3. Coleslaw: Add a bit of cool crunch to your plate. Mix shredded cabbage, carrots, mayo, vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Let it sit for a spell to let them flavors meld.
  4. Cornbread: A Southern meal ain’t complete without this golden delight. Serve it up warm with a pat of butter, and watch it disappear.

Washin’ It Down – Drink Pairings

Now, what’s a meal without somethin’ to wet your whistle? Here are a couple of drink pairings perfect for your raccoon feast:

  1. Sweet Tea: The nectar of the South. Brew it strong, pour over ice, and sweeten it up just right.
  2. Good Ol’ Moonshine: Now, tread lightly here – this ain’t your everyday drink. A sip or two pairs nicely with that rich raccoon meat. Remember, always drink responsibly.

Some Final ‘Coon Cookin’ Tips

  • Always source your raccoon ethically. Whether you’re huntin’ or buyin’, know where your meat’s comin’ from.
  • Let the meat rest after cookin’. This ain’t just for steaks, folks. It ensures all them juices stay right where they belong – in the meat.
  • Experiment! Once you’ve mastered the basic raccoon recipe, try out new marinades, sauces, and cookin’ methods. Every pitmaster has their own signature touch. Find yours!

Wrappin’ It Up

Well, there y’all have it – a guide to cookin’ up one of the South’s most unique delicacies. Whether you’re a seasoned ‘coon cooker or just lookin’ to try somethin’ new, I hope y’all find this guide handier than a pocket on a shirt.

Just remember, cookin’ is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. So, gather your loved ones, share some laughs, and dive fork-first into the rich world of raccoon cuisine. Here’s to makin’ memories, one bite at a time. Cheers, y’all!

BBQ Raccoon

Rascal’s Roadkill Raccoon BBQ: A Redneck Rib-Ticklin’ Recipe

Howdy y'all! If you've found yourself with a raccoon that's fresh outta the road (or the woods), and you're itchin' to toss that critter on the barbie, then you've come to the right place! So, grab your cold one, let your mullet flow in the wind, and let's get that coon cookin'!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • One raccoon size doesn't matter, but bigger means more grub!
  • 2 cans of cheap beer one for the raccoon, one for you!
  • A big ol' bunch of BBQ sauce store-bought or that secret family recipe
  • Salt pepper, garlic powder, onion powder – all to taste
  • Redneck rub: Brown sugar chili powder, paprika, cayenne (if you like it spicy!)


  • Preppin' the Raccoon: First things first, skin and clean that raccoon real good. Get rid of any shot or road residue. Yep, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout.
  • The Boozy Bath: Take that raccoon and marinate it in one can of beer. Make sure it's fully immersed. Let it soak for about 4-6 hours, or as long as it takes you to finish the other can.
  • Rubbin' it Right: While your raccoon's getting all boozy, mix together your salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and that redneck rub in a big ol' bowl. Once mixed, rub it generously onto the raccoon. Make sure you get every nook and cranny!
  • Grillin' Time: Fire up that grill! Get it nice and hot, but then turn it down to a medium heat. We're slow cookin' this critter to perfection.
  • Let's Get Cookin': Place the raccoon on the grill, bone side down. Close the lid and let it cook for about 2 hours. Every half hour or so, give it a good slatherin' of that BBQ sauce. Keep an eye on it, and if it looks like it's getting too charred, turn down the heat or move it to a cooler part of the grill.
  • Checkin' for Done-ness: After about 2 hours, give that raccoon a poke with a fork. If it's tender and the meat's starting to fall off the bone, it's ready. If not, keep it on the grill and check every 20 minutes.
  • Feast! Once it's done, take that raccoon off the grill, let it rest for a bit, then dig in with your buddies! Serve with a side of coleslaw, baked beans, or whatever else tickles your redneck fancy.


There you have it, folks! A raccoon recipe fit for a king... or at least the king of the trailer park. So next time you find yourself with some unexpected roadkill, don't let it go to waste. Happy grillin', y'all!
Keyword bbq, raccoon
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