It seems like more and more folks are raising domestic rabbits for a supplemental meat supply because rabbits produce more lbs of meat per lb of feed than beef cattle. Many first time rabbit breeders have never even eaten rabbit meat before they purchase, house and breed their rabbits. I would strongly suggest that people who chose to raise rabbits for meat buy a fryer rabbit that is between 3 and 6 lbs, butcher it and then cook it themselves so they can get the "feel" for what it takes to raise rabbits for meat. If you do this, take the time to search for a good recipe so your first experience is a good one.
So what does rabbit taste like? Rabbit meat has been compared to chicken many times on the intranet, but I would disagree and say it is much better. Here's why. Have you eaten fried chicken and found after a couple of pieces you get a taste in your mouth and just can't eat any more? It seems that there's too much fat or some taste that you just can't eat too much of or it will turn your belly. Rabbit does not have caramelized fat in the meat like chicken or beef so it is nearly fat free because the fat is on the outside of the meat and not within. The meat is very mild, not wild tasting and usually requires a sauce because the meat has less moisture. Does it taste like chicken? It's better and the USDA reported rabbit meat as the #1 healthiest meat available. Is domestic rabbit meat like wild rabbit meat? No, feed on healthy rabbit ration on a regular basis and kept in a sanitary environment they are clean, bug free and grow to fryer size in 3.4 to 4.5 months, depending on what weight you chose. I pressure cook them for 1.5 hours with powered onion, garlic and salt n pepper just to add a delicious touch to the meat. When cooled enough I debone and place in food-saver vac bags for a future day when I want to make some sloppy joes or one of our taco recipes.
Rabbit meat is one of the secret delicious foods fed to kings and rulers throughout history because of the grand taste. Don't knock it until you try it. You'll be pleasantly supprised.
old timer in Idaho