Coon cookery: A slightly shocking footnote

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.

How you know it's really a coon.


One response to “Coon cookery: A slightly shocking footnote

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