What does goat meat taste like?
This is probably one of the most common questions I am asked when people learn we raise meat goats. My first response is always that it tastes like goat of course! To clarify however, it is not “goaty” as in the oder of male goats that have not be castrated (wethers do not have this smell). They don’t call them smelly old bucks for nothing and any goats penned with them tend to absorb the smell also. It is important to separate any goat that is to be butchered from your bucks. As with any meat what you feed your animals can also influence the taste of the meat; they are what they eat. The best way to decide what goat meat tastes like is to try some for yourself!
Many describe the taste to a mild beef/veal-like taste and others say it is closer to a veal/venison. I would categorize it as a combination of lamb and beef, leaning more on the beef side. Chevon is a lot leaner than lamb and Cabrito is more similar to lamb but with a texture more like that of bison or lean beef.
How do I cook goat meat?
Goat meat can be cooked in a variety of ways, many times like lamb. One thing to keep in mind is the very low fat content of goat meat. As a result cooking needs to be slower and at a cooler temperature. Stewing is a very popular way to prepare goat meat, especially in ethnic dishes and when using meat of older goats. It can also be prepared as steaks, chops, canned, baked, fried, BBQ, curried, sausage and ground. Some of the more common spices that go well with goat meat are mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, marjoram and oregano.
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