This recipe is inspired by an article my friend Franka Phillip wrote for the in-flight magazine of Caribbean airlines a couple months back. When you think “Caribbean” and “goat”, curry automatically comes to mind. I’d argue that island style Curry Goat is one of the best curry dishes you’ll ever enjoy… but what about grilled goat? I was definitely intrigued from Franka’s article as I have a deep passion for cooking over raw fire and finding another way to prepare goat would be ideal.
3-4 lbs goat (leg)
3/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic (diced or crushed)
5 sprigs thyme
2 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
2 tablespoon oregano
2 sprigs rosemary (3 sprigs more to make the brush)
1 tablespoon dried pepper flakes
1 lime (juice)
1/2 lime for washing the goat
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoon honey
2 scallions (chopped)
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 tablespoon salt
I washed the leg of goat with the juice of 1/2 a lime (lemon will work too) and cool water. Then I pat it dry with paper towels before allowing it to sit in the marinade. Basically all you do is to cut some slits (stab) into the thick parts of the leg, then combine all the ingredients mentioned above for the marinade.
Basically all you’re doing at this point is pouring the marinade over the goats leg, massage it in a bit, then allow it to marinate overnight or at least 2-3 hours in the fridge. I used a baking dish, but a large zipper bag would make more sense. Remember to place a plate under the bag in the fridge in the event there’s a spill.
Before starting the grill outside (coals fire), I used some kitchen string to tie the goat’s leg so it maintains it’s shape while grilling. I also made a brush out of some Rosemary to brush on the marinade as the leg grilled. IMPORTANT! Stop using the marinade on the leg when you have about 30 minutes of cooking time left. The marinade is raw and you need at least 30 minutes to cook it off so it’s safe to eat.
Please watch the full video below. Basically you’ll need a fire which will last for 2-3 hours as you slowly grill the leg of goat until fully cooked and tender – indirect heat. Indirect grilling simply means to have the item being grilled, NOT directly over the heat source. This leg took about 2.5 hrs on the grill which was at about 275-300 F. The last 15 minutes I placed it directly over the heat, but by this time the coals were mostly burned off.
Using the Rosemary brush to apply the leftover marinade adds a wonder fresh herbal note to the finished grilled goat’s leg, but remember to stop using the marinade early enough to cook-off the rawness.
Don’t slice into it immediately after you take it off the grill.. give it some time to rest (I know you’ll be tempted). Special thanks To Frank for her inspiration on what will be a summertime regular for me now. Yes, you can def use lamb as well.
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