Hawaiian Grilled Squirrel

Most recipes that work with chicken are also suitable for squirrel, and this Hawaiian-style recipe is just right for a summer evening

By author of Timber 2 Table Wild Game Recipes Print Recipe
prep time
cook time
3-5
serves
Medium
difficulty

Kentucky’s spring squirrel season always yields a few young, tender gray squirrels that are perfect for the grill. For a perfect summer recipe, we marinate the squirrel overnight in a blend of Hawaiian-style flavors, then slowly grill for plenty of smoky flavor. The pineapple juice in the marinade helps tenderize the meat.

Add the pineapple to the grill when you flip the squirrel.

We serve this one over white rice and add some grilled pineapple slices for a bit of sweetness to complement the squirrel. Top with a bit of soy or teriyaki sauce and a sprinkle of sliced green onions before serving.

Serve the squirrel with grilled pineapple over rice.

You want younger squirrels for this recipe. They marinate well and cook through quickly without drying out and getting tough. Save those older squirrels for long, slow cooking methods like stews, soups, or dumplings. 

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Ingredients

 

2 to 3 young squirrels, quartered

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup water

7 ounces coconut milk

Half bunch of green onions, chopped (save some for garnish)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 can sliced pineapple (use the juice in the marinade)

Additional soy or teriyaki sauce for drizzling, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Quarter the squirrels into leg and back pieces.

Cut the squirrels into leg and back sections.

Mix the brown sugar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, water, coconut milk, green onions, garlic, and sesame oil together. Place the squirrel in a glass or plastic container, or a gallon-sized zip-style bag. Pour over the marinade. Marinate the squirrel overnight. 

Pour over the marinade.

Grill at a fairly low temperature, around 275 degrees, for 10 to 15 minutes per side or until the squirrel is just cooked through. With about 10 minutes of grill time remaining, add the pineapple slices to the grill. Grill the slices for 5 minutes per side. Serve the squirrel over rice and surround with grilled pineapple. Top with additional soy or teriyaki sauce and additional sliced green onions. 

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