Grilled Rabbit with garden herbs barbecue recipe

Jason Doyle takes rabbit meat from a recent shoot and gives us his grilled rabbit with garden herbs barbecue recipe.

2 Jointed rabbits
1 Chopped onion
4 Cloves of garlic
Some fresh thyme
A sprig of rosemary
Salt & pepper

For the marinade
A handful of fresh thyme
A handful of fresh rosemary
2 Cloves of garlic
Zest of a whole lemon
Juice of a whole lemon
1 Tbsp of honey
Plenty of olive oil
Salt & pepper

First put your jointed rabbit in a large pot along with the chopped onion, garlic, thyme, and rosemary and give it a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. then cover with cold water.
Put on a lid and bring to a simmer and cook for 45 mins.
As its cooking let’s get on with the marinade.
In to a food processor put all the aromatics, the thyme, rosemary, garlic and the zest of a lemon. To give it a little acidity pour in the juice of a whole lemon, to make sure it’s not too sharp and to give it a sticky glaze, give it a tablespoon of honey and a good glug of olive oil. Whizz it up for a few seconds. Add more oil if needed to keep it loose so it will cover the rabbit but not too loose or it will slide off.
Speaking of the rabbit, after the 45 mins, strain and discard every thing apart from the rabbit obviously.
Let it cool before putting it in to your special ‘picnic only’ Tupperware. Jason’s tell’s us years ago his grandmother had to write that on it to stop his grandfather filling it with miscellaneous screws and bolts from the garage.
Pour over the marinade and place the lid on. then tumble it so all the rabbit is coated. You could take this straight to the grill now or you could let the flavours get to know each other in the fridge.
When it comes to grill time, place the rabbit over the high heat to get the blackened edges and maybe some grill marks, but remember its already cooked so don’t grill it to death and dry it out.
If it has come from the fridge it may need a good blast on the high heat to char it up but move it to indirect heat for a min or two just to ensure its warmed it through.

If you try this recipe then let us know how you get on and if you liked it. Or if you have any recipes of your own then feel free to share them and and we may have a go at making it.

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