A family member gave me a couple rabbits to cook and I'm not sure how to prepare them. I'd prefer something on the smoker or grill. Do I marinate, rub, brine? I'm just not sure how to prepare it.
For Easter, a friend and I cooked rabbits.
We marinated for 72 hours in buttermilk, dijon, rosemary, and sage (NO SALT). Then boned them out and spatchcocked them (sort of a butterfly, with skewers to hold the flat spread out shape), seasoned, and roasted at 350 until done. Moist, flavourful. Served with parsnip puree, rosemary potatoes roasted in duck fat, and sorry but I forget the other veg we used.
You need to be careful to make sure it doesn't dry out, as they generally aren't particularly fatty. If you joint it so that the pieces aren't too thick, or splay it out well, you should be able to grill it so you get a good taste on the outside and cook all the way through before it goes dry. Marinading can help, although I just like rabbit rubbed with salt and pepper.
I've not used a smoker before, but I suspect you'd have to leave the meat in their for too long to get a good smokiness, so that may not work.
I've made rabbit pie before, with sausage meat and rabbit mixed together, which worked rather well.
If making rabbit stew, soaking the rabbit in salted water before disjointing it will make it easier to prepare. Also cooking it slowly, at a low to medium heat will keep the meat tender. If cooking from a whole rabbit, once the rabbit has been gutted the insides should be cleaned with vinegar and it should be thoroughly rinsed. Marinating it will also keep the meat tender. I'm not sure but I think smoking it would dry it out too much. Stewing works best ime, but if roasting it it needs a lot of basting and checking to make sure it's not drying out.