Beer Batter Fried Rattlesnake

Yes, that's right.

While trying to cross the road, a rattlesnake got itself run over. The people investigated and found that only its head had been run over, nothing else had been damaged. Feeling bad about killing an animal in the wild, these people decided to at least put the death to good use. So...the snake was collected, skinned (the skin is being tanned), fried, and eaten (hey, it was already dead...might as well). Maybe now the American Redneck Association will accept our application.

Joining in the adventures was a pair of our good friends. The boys pretty much came up with the recipe and did all the cooking.'s how to prepare rattlesnake (starting after the skinning, gutting, and cleaning of course), or at least how this rattlesnake was prepared:

Ingredients you'll need:
5 eggs
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Beer (I have no idea what kind it was, lol. The friend supplied it out of his fridge)

1. Cut your freshly washed meat into "fillets" (about 2 1/2 inch slices). You have to cut between the ribs and through the backbone, so it's a little bit time consuming. Have someone start heating up some oil in a pan (about an inch of oil in the pan).

2. While someone is cutting the meat up, someone can be making the batter. In a large bowl, mix 5 eggs, about a cup or 1 1/2 cups of flour (we just eyeballed it so maybe not even that much), one or two teaspoons of salt, some good shakes of the pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, about 1/2 a cup of beer (I think that was about the amount...again, it was eyeballed) and about a quarter cup of oil. Mix this thoroughly together until it looks like this:

3. When the meat is all sliced, put it in a bowl with a tablespoon of oil and a few shakes of salt, pepper, and onion powder. Make sure the meat gets thoroughly coated, like this:

4. Dip the meat into the batter and then stick it in the frying pan with the hot oil (just like you would do with fried chicken). When the meat first starts to cook it will smell kinda like fish.

5. You want to cook the meat for a while to make sure it's all the way done (white all the way through...not slimy or silvery).

6. Eat! For the most part, you have to big near the spine and then pull the meat off the ribs with your teeth. Watch out for bones. does not taste like chicken.

The two boys thought this was awesome and way fun and exciting...the two girls were glad to go to Quizno's for some real food after the adventure.


  1. HOLY CRAP!!! Yeah, I think I'd go for Quizno's too. Dude, you guys are hard core

  2. Oh. My. I really don't know what to say other than echo Kate...with all my heart!

  3. BTW, lets hope the tanning goes quicker than the rabbit skins which resided in my freezer for far too long!

  4. Welp, The tanning only took three days... I have a recipe for snake skins that works way better than using its brains