Slow Cooker Rabbit and Pork

Slow Cooker Rabbit and Pork (Serves 14)

My friends at Cherith Farms raise chickens, rabbits, sheep, and vegetables. My wife won’t eat rabbit because she is a veterinarian and many bunnies are her beloved patients, but I snuck a frozen rabbit home from the farm recently. There is no fat in rabbit meat, so I paired it with a Boston Butt pork roast in my slow cooker and let them simmer together for 9 hours with a few onions. The result was tasty. The rabbit was a little gamy, but looked and tasted a lot like chicken and was moist and rich after bathing in pork juices all day long. That’s rabbit meat on the right side of the picture and eggplant on the left. I added eggplant to the slow cooker for the last two hours of simmering. I will prepare slow cooker rabbit again, but not slow cooker eggplant.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 9 hours

Ingredient list:

3.5 pounds rabbit (mine was frozen)
3.5 pounds Boston Butt pork (mine was fresh from the butcher)
2 sweet yellow onions – half-moon slices
Rubbed sage
Garlic powder
Salt

Directions: Peel onions and cut into half-moon slices. Arrange onions on bottom of slow cooker. Season rabbit and pork generously on all sides with salt, garlic powder, and rubbed sage. Fit rabbit and pork on top of onions. Pour in water as required to submerge about two/thirds of the meat. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 9 hours. That’s it! I turned the rabbit after 3 or 4 hours, but don’t think turning is necessary.

Notes: I had a serving of pork after about 6 hours of cooking. Less than nine hours of cooking time is obviously possible, but I’m satisfied overall to let meat cook all day.

I don’t bother to thaw frozen meat in advance when I use the slow cooker. I rinse frozen meat briefly to help remove its packaging and then go on as I would with room temperature meat.

My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon sells the Cuisinart, but seems to be out of stock frequently. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.

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