Grilled Goat Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

by formerchef on July 11, 2011

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Got goat?

If you live in the United States, chances are the answer to that question is “no.” However, something like 70% of the world regularly eats goat meat. Goat meat is under appreciated here, which is unfortunate because it’s low in fat and considered a sustainable meat.

goaterie iconRecently on twitter, a group of food bloggers started discussing cooking with goat (meat, milk, and cheese), and my mother, who like me, is always up for cooking something new, got involved and tagged me on it. The discussion went from cooking with goat, to an actual event called #goaterie (if you are on twitter, follow the hashtag). To read all about how #goaterie started, check out Creative Culinary’s post on goat sfeeha orFujimama’s post on the goaterie challenge. Also involved is Mark Scarbrough, one of the authors of the book, “Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese.”

I’ve cooked with goat cheese before (6 posts, it must be one of my favorites) and even made Chocolate Goat’s Milk Ice Cream so this time I decided that I wanted to cook with goat meat. My mom wanted to BBQ a whole goat, but it turned out to be harder (and more expensive) than expected to find a whole kid in Los Angeles. I also thought it might be more prudent to start small, so mom bought a piece of goat leg, still on the bone, at a local market.

The goat leg weighed 3.9 lbs, but once we deboned, cleaned and cut it into pieces, it yielded 1.8 lbs. At $3.69 whole, it was pretty pricy meat for a kabob. If you can find the meat already cleaned, it might be a better deal (and less work).  Of course, not one to waste, Mom roasted the bones with some celery and onions and made a fantastic stock for a stew next winter.

A little while ago I bought some ground sumac spice at my local Armenian market and I’ve been looking forward to cooking with it. Sumac has a tart and almost citrusy flavor and  is common in Middle Eastern cuisines, as is goat meat, so it seemed like a perfect match. We made a marinade using yogurt and various spices to help tenderize the meat and marinated it for about 24 hrs. Before putting it on the grill, we drained the meat from the marinade well because wet meat does not BBQ nicely. After grilling,  we served the skewers with cucumber yogurt sauce and fresh pita bread at our 4th of July BBQ extravaganza (which included slow cooked pork, chicken skewers, quinoa and macaroni salads, and homemade ice creams and sorbets). While some people were hesitant at first, the skewers turned out to be a success. Everyone who tried the goat enjoyed it and many compared the flavor and texture to lamb. There wasn’t a scrap left. Both Mom and I agreed that there will be more goat in our cooking futures-she is still on the hunt for a regular source of goat meat.

If you are at all curious about cooking goat, I suggest you give it a try and even consider joining us in the #goaterie challenge.

Marinated and Grilled Goat Skewers

2 lbs goat meat, cut into 1.5″ cubes

2 cups plain yogurt
2 tsp ground sumac
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
juice of 1 lime

Cut the goat meat into cubes, removing any large pieces of fat or sinew.

Raw Goat Leg and Marinade

Raw Goat Leg, Boned and Marinade

Whisk together all other ingredients and combine with the goat meat. Place the marinated goat in a large zip lock bag or cover container and refrigerate for 24 hours or overnight.

When you are ready to cook it, take the meat out of the marinade, shaking off any excess. Place 3 or 4 pieces of meat on each skewer (I used bamboo skewers soaked in water but you can use metal ones as well). Cook on a hot grill until done to your preference. Serve with cucumber yogurt sauce (below) and fresh warm pita bread.

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

1 cup plain yogurt
4 oz cucumber, grated
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Grate the cucumber and combine it with the yogurt, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Grilled Goat Skewers

Grilled Goat Skewers

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandip Bhattacharya July 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi,
Was this deboned meat? Or did the kabobs have bone in them?

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2 formerchef July 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The meat was deboned.

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3 Janis July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Looks fantastic! Great job.

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4 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love this…and won’t deny partially because it’s what is on my agenda. I can buy the meat already cut up and now am glad of that! I have yet to experience but am so thinking I want to try something to Americanize my goat dish. Thinking BBQ sauce but with some Middle Eastern tones? I best get to it soon or I’ll miss my own challenge.

Great Job…beautiful!

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5 formerchef July 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Barbara- Get to it! I think a traditional BBQ sauce with bold flavors would stand up well to goat meat.

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6 Mark Scarbrough July 12, 2011 at 5:29 am

You KNOW I love this. I love the way goat sort of forces you into big flavors to balance the more umami notes in the meat. I guess I’m just bored with beef tenderloin and tasteless, overly sweet cuts. Your post is my answer!

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7 formerchef July 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

Thanks Mark! I was really pleased with how it came out. But I was even happier to change some minds and preconceived notions (of my guests, and most especially, my husband).

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8 Nina Ruit July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks for this recipe. We have been eating our dairy goat bucklings for quite a few years now. Usually as stew meat, kebabs or ground. It takes a lot longer to get real meatiness out of a dairy animal than out of a Boer meat goat, but it’s just as tasty! I look forward to a new taste treat!

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9 Jenn @LeftoverQueen July 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

This looks delicious and is so timely! As you know we raise goats for dairy, but then there is always the issue of, what if mamma has a boy? Goat is very much under-appreciated in the USA, and IMHO just as delicious as lamb. For as many goat dairies as are cropping up all over the US, a very real issue that needs to be dealt with. I started a series of posts on my farm blog GotGoats.com this week on this very subject – the next one is going to be even dicier. Mind if I link your post here?

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10 formerchef July 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

You know I love gotgoats.com! Of course, link away and I must go check out your latest post.

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11 Jenn @LeftoverQueen July 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

Thanks Kristin!

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12 Dave November 29, 2011 at 3:05 am

I have never tried goat before, but this look so good I’m going to give it a try next week. Just have to find the goat :)

Regards
Dave

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13 Kristen B. December 22, 2011 at 6:17 am

The skewer looks great. I haven’t tried eating goat skewer since I usually eat chicken and beef barbecue. Perhaps I am going to try this as well as the recipe of Cucumber yogurt sauce.

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14 Lisa Runkle October 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

The meat looks juicy ad tender. I’m used to grilled chicken ad pork, but never have tried goat meat. Will give it a try tomorrow! Thanks

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15 Thane Tierney May 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

This looks terrific. I’m toying with substituting mint for the cumin to take it to a slightly different place, but I’ll probably try it your way first. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!
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