I was wrong when I said my raccoon just looked like a piece of meat. So wrong. Revision: On closer inspection — as I removed its bag to start brining it for tomorrow’s Coon Fest — it looks like a piece of meat with a black foot attached.
The Detroit News enlightens me—I should call this post Why I Love the Internet, just for answering this urgent question—on Why does my coon have just one foot?
“The paw is old school,” says Glemie Dean Beasley, a Detroit raccoon hunter and meat salesman. “It lets the customers know it’s not a cat or dog.”
Excellent article, by the way … by the one and only Charlie LeDuff.
He believes coon meat tastes something like mutton or pork, but to the uneducated palate, it has the aroma and texture of opossum.