Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Recipes

In honor of the day, I found a site with some ideas on what to do with a Groundhog.

The following is from Outdoor-Michigan.com .
"Surprisingly there are many recipes for Woodchuck (A.K.A. Ground Hog, Whistle Pigs, Pasture Pigs, etc.). Woodchucks are fatty, however it is claimed the fat does not have a bad taste but is still is generally removed. The meat is dark with a mild flavor and will work in any squirrel or rabbit recipe. Woodchucks have scent glands in the small of the back and on the inside of the forelegs which must be removed. If the Woodchuck is old (look how worn teeth and claws are,) it should be parboiled or soaked before cooking, some cooks always soak woodchucks in cold salted water for 6 to 12 hours. The Older Woodchucks will also benefit parboiling in water with a 1/2 teaspoon or more of baking soda."
Oriental Groundhog Recipe By: Hunters Information Service
Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
1 Ground hog
2 quarts Water
¼ cup Salt
½ cup Soy sauce
2 cloves Garlic whole
3 Hot chili peppers whole
¼ Onion
¼ teaspoon Paprika
¼ bunch Parsley whole
4 Beef bouillon cubes
¼ teaspoon Freshly-ground white pepper
1 cup Beef or chicken broth Teriyaki glaze

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut meat into pieces and soak in 1 quart water and salt for 3 hours. Transfer meat to 1 quart clear water and soak another 4 hours. Drain and then dry meat. Place meat in a baking pan with broth, soy sauce, garlic cloves, chili pepper, onion, paprika, parsley, bouillon cubes and white pepper. Cover and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees . Baste frequently and brush with teriyaki glaze while cooking.

The site also has recipes for "Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream", "Woodchuck (Groundhog) Stew" and "Woodchuck Meat Loaf".


  1. The taste is surprising superior to that of loon or bald eagle.

  2. Shot a lot of them when I lived in the Colville area, they were pests there. But never bothered to try eating one, I'll keep it in mind though if I'm ever in need of some food in an area where they are.

    There isn't any around here that I know of.

  3. no thank you I just had a bar of soap..

  4. When I was a young shit, I remember reading in an outdoor magazine about a couple of guys varmit shooting. After shooting a groundhog or gopher (don't remember which) one guy runs up and starts field dressing it. The other guy asks what he is doing. The guy says he is going to cook it and starts listing all the wine and other stuff he is going to use to cook the critter. The other guy says,"You mean they are good to eat??" The guy says," Nah, but the sauce is wonderful!!"


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