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Goat. Goat kid.

I have a three month old goat kid that recently had to be moved to the freezer.

Most of the goat recipes that I see call for long braising in strong flavors. I assume they are using older animals with a lot of connective tissue and goaty flavor.

Is this true of kids as well? Can I just grill the meat like chicken or should I plan on doing a slow braise? Will this work for the rack of ribs as well as they seem to have more connective tissue?

I am going to be experimenting with this new meat but I want to waste as little as possible in my experiments.

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    I'm glad you specified @Sobachatina, otherwise I was going to call the cops! – GdD May 15 '14 at 19:26
  • This is the usual way here goo.gl/YWL5ZT. But you know, we aren't civilized people yet :) – Dr. belisarius May 16 '14 at 12:43
  • Reminds me of home @belisarius :) – jsanc623 May 16 '14 at 14:51
  • @belisarius- That actually does answer the question. Roasting directly over a fire is definitely not a braise and they are doing the entire animal. I don't have enough people to feed to roast it whole. – Sobachatina May 17 '14 at 14:27
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Older goat tends to have a very strong flavor, hence why many suggest braising in strong flavors. You can braise your kid following these recipes - just remember to use 3/4th the amount of strong seasonings as you would for a regular goat.

As for grilling the meat, you could try to marinate the meat overnight with herbs and spices. Unlike chicken, which is a fairly blank canvas taste-wise, goat has a strong taste (even kid meat has a slight gamey/goat-y flavor). As I said, if grilling, marinate.

If you're braising or stewing, toss in a beer, some mint or basil and a few other herbs.

For the ribs - you could french them to get rid of some of the connective tissue and then marinate and roast them at low heat for a few hours to break down some of the connective tissue.

Good luck and great eating!

  • The kid did have a surprisingly strong goaty flavor. I marinated the meat overnight and grilled it the next day. It was delicious- firm but not tough. I am going to experiment with stronger spices next time. – Sobachatina May 20 '14 at 15:39
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    Very glad it came out delicious. As a rule of thumb, always gauge the strength of the goaty flavor by the smell of the raw goat meat. – jsanc623 May 20 '14 at 18:07

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