Got me a farmed rabbit. cut it up into bits. rubbed with OO and fresh lemon thyme. In a pan with a litre of veal stock and half a dozen or so chat potatoes. Whacked it in the wood-fired oven after it had been used for pizzas.. temp probably about 200C when it went in. Left it in for 10 hours.
Temp on removing it was probably 50-75C.
Let it sit in the pan juices all day in the fridge.
Back in the conventional oven the next night, 150C, until the pan juices came to a gentle simmer.
Removed wabbit pieces (they were fall-apart tender) to rest, and the potatoes. Added sour cream and bacon pieces to the pan juices.
Reduced on the stove top to a gravy consistency.
Wabbit and tatties back in pan to heat thru.
Potatoes were AMAZING, sauce was OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Not so good. Even though it was falling off the bone, it was dry and stringy and a bit naaaaasty.
I paid $14 AUD for the damn thing (Much to huntin' and fishin' Furry husbands chagrin), and buggered it up royally.
Where did I go wrong??