Hey Big Blue, often times it's not the meat it's the chef.
Prairie Dog Stew Ingredients:
1 prairie dog, quartered
1 cup diced onion
2 large tomatoes (from your garden) or 1 can of tomatoes
Assorted fresh ,or canned veggies
Sprinkle seasoned salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional) liberally on the meat. Pour some cooking oil into a large pot (dutch oven). Sauté the meat with the onions until well browned. Drain the excess oil, add about 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Cut up the tomatoes and add. If you use canned tomatoes add them now. Turn down the heat, and let slow cook for at least an hour. Important: older prairie dogs may require cooking longer than an hour. Check periodically for tenderness. If you don't you will have a hard time chewing the meat. After the meat is tender, add the veggies, carrots, potatoes, banana pepper, what ever you like. Cook until the veggies are done. An option you can use is, cook up your favorite pasta and serve over the pasta. (eliminate the potatoes). That's it, nice and simple
Prairie Dog Pie
Clean, skin and cut two prairie dogs into small pieces. Soak in salted water, or water with a little vinegar added, changing water several times. Drain, dry and roll in seasoned flour. Sauté in pork or bacon fat until slightly browned, then place in greased pie dish or bowl, add two cups liquid (made up of wine, cider, beer, crushed fruit , or a little vinegar, and water or stock), salt and pepper, one thinly sliced onion, herbs of your choice. Cover and cook on top stove for 1 ½, or in moderate oven for two hours. Remove and thicken the stock with a little flour. Take out part of the gravy and add tomatoes, sauce or catsup, to serve with the pie. Meanwhile, cover meat dish with pastry or biscuit dough, slit for steam to escape, and bake for 20 minutes in hot oven.
BBQ Prairie Dog
1st. Take as many prairie dogs as you would like add salt and pepper. 2nd. Put prairie dogs on grill, bbq whatever let cook for a while, then add some liquid smoke or soy sauce on top and around prairie dogs. 3rd. When the prairie dogs are almost done cooking smear BBQ sauce all over the prairie dogs and let cook until done...( you can use any BBQ sauce you would like or you can try my very own recipe) located at below
BBQ SAUCE FOR PRAIRIE DOG 1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup mustard
3/4 cup liquid smoke or worcestershire sauce
Honey and Cider Prairie Dog 2 young prairie dogs, dressed & halved
1/2 cup honey
2 cups apple cider
2 bay leaves, crushed
1 TBL cornstarch
2 TBL water
Pat prairie dog halves dry. Place on rack in broiler pan. Coat with half the honey. Broil 6 inches from heat source for 8 minutes. Turn. Coat with remaining honey. Broil for 8 minutes longer. Place in roasting pan. Pour cider over prairie dog. Add bay leaves. Roast @ 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Remove to serving platter; keep warm. Strain pan drippings into saucepan. Dissolve cornstarch in water; stir into pan drippings. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with prairie dog. May serve with crisp shoestring potatoes and green salad. Yeild: 4 Servings.
1 Dozen Prairie Dog quarters, front and hind
1 bottle of hot sauce (could use louisana style, I prefer to find or make one with more of a tomato base than vinegar base. If you like super hot wings try to find Inner Beauty Sauce)
1 stick of margarine or butter (margarine works better)
Deep fry the quarters until golden brown. Soak out the grease. Preferred method is to shake in a brown bag. In a fry pan melt margarine and hot sauce together.
Dip dried, fried quarters in the hot sauce mixture. If you like them crispy put them on a baking sheet in the oven (350F) for 10 minutes.
The secret for my taste is to get them crispy in the deep fryer, then replace the grease in the crispy skin with hot sauce properly formulated in its own grease. There is no good way to go fat free on this one!
Prairie Dog Wings Here's the REAL "ORIGNAL" recipe for Prairie Dog Wings.
1) Mix flour and cyan pepper and toss the mix into a bag.
2) Dump a couple of bottles of Tabasco sauce in a plastic bag.
3) Dump some vinegar (the good kind that gets your wife mad when you use it) into a bowl.
4) Dip the prairie dog quarters in the vinegar.
5) Shake them in the flour mix (you want a light dusting).
6) Toss them in the Tabasco (get lots on em).
7) Deep fry until done.
Serve with blue cheese dressing (very cold), celery, and carrots.
Note: If they are not quite hot enough add more pepper or dump the juice from a couple bottles of jalapeno in with the Tabasco.