Rocky's Cooking Contest: Post 3 of 3:
Ok, I have to admit that I was so focused on bringing "primitive" stuff that I forgot to bring extra batteries for the camera! The next morning I actually drove to town to get more and clay pigeons to shoot with my boys, which I'll post up here in a bit. Plus, it had gotten really dark on us and I don't think pics would have come out very well anyhow.
Here's my summary:
The rabbit came out ok. Jackrabbit is not one of the best tasting rabbits as rabbit goes. Even with the bacon it was still a bit gamey, but not tough! It had a good smokey flavor, but I should have sliced the membrane in the thicker cuts (i.e. the thighs and breast) to let the bacon fat penetrate. The rosemary trick I've done with fresh trout. Just gut the trout and rub the inside with sea salt and tootpick it together with fresh rosemary cut right from the field. I had cut rosemary stems fresh from my yard before we went up and the gamey"ness" of the meat overpowered the rosemary (or vice versa). But the bacon really made the difference as it just drizzled over the meat, and sort of "fried" the meat as it was encased in tin foil. So more than the rabbit, the bacon was better cause it had the smoky flavor of the applewood. With the meal I had asparagus, which I snapped the bottoms off and fold into tin foil with the tops just hovering out of the vent of the tin foil. (think of it looking like a "geen onion" with a bulb at the bottom and the asparagus tips just about an inch out of the tin foil) In the tin foil along with the asparagus was 3 slices of bacon cut up into ribbons, and 2 garlic cloves. The starchy part of the meal was 6 medium red potatoes, diced up, and was wrapped in tin foil the same as the asparagus, but the potatoes were coated with olive oil, and 5 cloves of smashed and diced garlic, and the last 2 strips of bacon that were thinly cut.
Here's the cost:
2 bulbs of garlic: 1 buck
Spices: not sure, I have them in my RV
Rabbit: 500 rounds of .22 LR ammo for 12 bucks. You break down the price for 30 rounds to sight in the rifle and 1 round for the kill.
5 medium red potatoes: a dollar twenty seven.
1 bunch of asparagus: Free, it grows in my neighbors yard like crazy!
Bunch of rosemary: Free, I have lots of it.
1lb of thick cut pork bacon: free, the local fire marshal is one of my good friends, and is a butcher on the side.
Wood for fire: I'll break down and say 1 dollar for fuel.
Oh, and 1 can of campbells beef gravy....1 dollar and twenty seven cents.
This was really fun guys and gals. This was a good motivation to spend the weekend with my boys doing "survival" stuff.
So the critique on the rabbit:
It was a bit gamey, but it was so damn tender. I was SO proud of my boys for eating it ALL! Plus, they are big vegetable eaters. So far, the only ones they don't like are brussel sprouts and okra. (don't blame them) But, my rule is that they HAVE to have a "green" vegetable every night if they want dessert. No green vegetable, no dessert. (I say that cause they always want corn, but corn is a grain) They get to take turns picking vegetables.
Ok, so there's my entry. And I'm sorry I don't have pics of presentation. But I can paint a pic...(it wasn't very posh)
I quarted up the rabbit, thighs and front quarters, and breasted it. I picked the meat off the bone and served with the bacon and it was just potatoes and asparagus on the side. I heated up a can of beef gravy (campbells) in a pot of boiling water and served it over the rabbit and potatoes.
The point of my weekend had two agendas: 1: to have fun with this cooking contest. 2: experience the first "hunt" with my boys...AND eat it. I'm not a trophy hunter kind of guy, something my father taught me, if you kill it, you will eat it. And they (my boys) did. I was a very very very proud papa this weekend!!!!