BBQ Grilled Rabbit Recipe

This BBQ grilled rabbit recipe takes only minutes to prepare and delivers a fresh twist to a very simple cookout.

I called this my Easter BBQ grilled rabbit recipe because I cooked it at Easter and I must confess it's somewhat unfortunate that there may be some confusion with the Easter bunny. I can assure you that none was intended.

This is waht the saddle looks like grilled

Flavor-wise, rabbit is similar to chicken. It's a light colored meat too but with a lot less fat. There's a reasonable amount of meat on there and one rabbit will serve two people.

My butcher had a rabbit available so I had to give it a go. I also took some of his advice as to what you should ask your butcher for:-

  • Saddle of rabbit – you get the meaty hind body and legs
  • Jacket off – this means it will be skinned

So for this recipe you want to ask for a saddle, jacket off.

You can see form the picture that by taking the saddle you get a nice piece that can be flattened out ready for the grill. On this occasion I chose to do a rub but rabbit is a little tougher than chicken for example so maybe you might try a marinade?

The one negative for me is that it is quite a boney animal and a lot of the bones can be quite small. Not so small that you might not notice them but certainly smaller and more abundant than you would find in a chicken. That said, please don't let this put you off grilling a rabbit or indeed trying this recipe.

Serves:- 2 people

Preparation Time:- 5 minutes
Marinade Time:- 1 hour
Cooking Time:- 20 minutes

Total Time:- 1 hour 25 minutes


  • Saddle of rabbit
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Place the juniper berries, sugar and salt in a pestle and mortar and grind the berries until you have your rub then simply spread it all over the rabbit.

Give the rub upto an hour to penetrate and build some flavor into the flesh.

Over medium hot coals grill the rabbit for ten minutes on each side and that's it. Savor the bitterness of the juniper berries with the sweetness of the sugar.

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