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Old 03-23-2009, 11:06 PM   #1
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Back when I was a Boy Scout our Scoutmaster taught us how to clean and cook rattlesnake over the fire for our Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. I guess I wasn't paying attention. What is the protocol for cleaning a rattlesnake? Is there anything to worry about (venom wise) besides the head?
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:11 PM   #2
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I've had it before but wouldn't begin to know how to correctly skin one for cooking. But I do know the taste was unremarkable enough for me to never bother to try.

But I do know that you are right about not going near the head.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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nope. just cut head off and cut it from where the head was all the way to the rattlers on the bottom side(white side) with a knife or scissors. Pull guts out, cut in chunks, wash off with water, season and cook. Deep fried is the BEST!!!
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:14 PM   #4
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nope. just cut head off and cut it from where the head was all the way to the rattlers on the bottom side(white side) with a knife or scissors. Pull guts out, cut in chunks, wash off with water, season and cook. Deep fried is the BEST!!!
Beat me to it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:15 PM   #5
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No need to worry about venom, even if the snake has bit it's self. Unless you have weak gums, gum desiese, or sores. My first rattler bit it's self. I still have the skin. And it was good .
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:16 PM   #6
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Deep fried is the BEST!!!
yep
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:16 PM   #7
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:18 PM   #8
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nope. just cut head off and cut it from where the head was all the way to the rattlers on the bottom side(white side) with a knife or scissors. Pull guts out, cut in chunks, wash off with water, season and cook. Deep fried is the BEST!!!
NEVER!!! I just kill'em. I'll just have a steak thank you. lol
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:20 PM   #9
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NEVER!!! I just kill'em. I'll just have a steak thank you. lol
better than chicken. Try it! It's really is good.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #10
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The lareger the snake, the easier it is to get the meat from between the rib bones. It will remind you of chicken rib meat
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:27 PM   #11
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I clean them as stated then coil them up in a foil boat seasoned with lemon and butter then place in a smoker for 4 hours. Watch closely that the snake doesn't jump out of the foil when it feels heat and spill the butter and seasoning.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:28 PM   #12
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Sure is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:01 AM   #13
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pour a gallon of gas on it and light a match. . .doesnt matter if it is dead or alive. . .that is how i would cook one.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:05 AM   #14
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nope. just cut head off and cut it from where the head was all the way to the rattlers on the bottom side(white side) with a knife or scissors. Pull guts out, cut in chunks, wash off with water, season and cook. Deep fried is the BEST!!!
Yep... egg wash and 50/50 corn meal and flour... drop in the deep fryer and remove when it floats to the top...
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:12 AM   #15
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:22 AM   #16
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thanks for the response guys...I think I might cook up the next bad boy I see around the camp house.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:38 AM   #17
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i was half kidding with my comment, but have never tought of cooking one. . .you guys are really serious!! Since i am an amateur, how do you know that you got the venum out? Is it all just at the head? How far back to you have to cut the head off? Where are their venum pockets?
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:14 PM   #18
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the venom is all in the head. Even if you ingest some venom, you won't get sick unless you have ulsors or something like that. The stomach acid takes care of it. has anyone else ever ate rattler jerky? I had it once and it was really good, but don't have a reciepe.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:28 PM   #19
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better that chicken. if its big enough you can fillet the backstrap off and just fry that instead of messing with the bones.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:43 PM   #20
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Find a good snake....

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Cut off the head, and slit him up the belly....

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Old 03-24-2009, 01:57 PM   #21
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I've had it fried before and it was alright. I just can't get over the fact that they make their living eating mice and rats. To me kinda like eating a yote or bobcat.
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:40 PM   #22
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Everyone says it tastes like chicken but I would say more like frog legs. Still good.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:05 PM   #23
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Its not bad but still isnt something I prefer.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:17 PM   #24
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nasty! lol
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:16 PM   #25
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The lareger the snake, the easier it is to get the meat from between the rib bones. It will remind you of chicken rib meat
yup.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:22 PM   #26
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Everyone says it tastes like chicken but I would say more like frog legs. Still good.
Agreed, not like chicken to me. I like it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:27 PM   #27
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Where's trailboss when you need him. Anyone wanna take bets to if he's tried eaten snake or not?

Dang I missed his thread he's using NAPALM to cook them to nothing.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:38 PM   #28
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with a blow torch, 15 hand grendades, and a possible 100kilo nuclear device.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:39 PM   #29
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I've had it fried before and it was alright. I just can't get over the fact that they make their living eating mice and rats. To me kinda like eating a yote or bobcat.
After tasting how good muskrat is, I will try just about anything. I am not going to rush out and eat a coyote, but I bet there is someone that could cook one up and make it good.
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