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Cooking a few whole goats. What woods do you think I should use?

JB BANNISTER Apr 17, 2012 04:03 PM

I have always used oak and hickory. What do yiu think about fruit woods?

I am also doing a few lambs so your ideas woulds be great.

  1. chefj Apr 17, 2012 06:08 PM

    We cooked with Apple and Almond wood at one of the restaurants I worked at and they were great.
    Are you looking for ideas on seasoning or roasting?

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      JB BANNISTER Apr 17, 2012 06:28 PM

      I am looking seasoning ideas BIGTIME! Any ideas would be great.

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        chefj Apr 18, 2012 03:51 PM

        Jerk or Caribbean style Curry come to mind. Also Indian flavors like you would do for Tandoori marinades on Lamb or South Indian Mutton (goat is often called mutton in India)dishes.

    2. Veggo Apr 17, 2012 06:12 PM

      Can you source mesquite in S.C. ?

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        JB BANNISTER Apr 17, 2012 06:26 PM

        I can get chuncks.

        1. re: JB BANNISTER
          Veggo Apr 17, 2012 07:37 PM

          About what I figured. You would need a half cord. Go with your local hardwoods. Cabrito over mesquite has been on my profile for 5+ years now.

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            Uncle Bob Apr 17, 2012 07:59 PM

            JB...You burn a 1/2 Cord of that stink weed (mesquite) that smells like (I imagine) the devils ass crack, your neighbors will run you out of town ~~ Hell, they may even get up a petition and have you run out of South Carolina! Hahahahaha!


            1. re: Uncle Bob
              Veggo Apr 17, 2012 08:13 PM

              Uncle Bob, it sounds like you can't get mesquite, either...:)

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                Uncle Bob Apr 18, 2012 04:57 AM

                Thank goodness!! Nor do I want any!! The "weed" is not indigenous to my South, so running up behind the house to cut a truck load is out of the question. ~~ Here Oak, Hickory, Cherry, Pecan, etc. rule! ~~ I have cooked with it however..twice! After that, I gave the rest of it to an enemy! Hahahaha! ~~

          2. re: Veggo
            porker Apr 17, 2012 06:54 PM

            FWIW, according to Mexico Mike, Mexican cabrito restaurants use mesquite.

            1. re: Veggo
              hawkeyeui93 Apr 17, 2012 06:54 PM

              Mesquite seems like the one used mostly when I lived in West Texas. I would be temped to try cherry if you can access it ....

            2. Uncle Bob Apr 17, 2012 07:16 PM

              JB my standard answer to this question is; Except for Hickory, Mesquite, and maybe Black Walnut.. 95% + of the population can't taste the difference anyway. ~~ Unless you're a "Smoke-A-Phile" or something ~~~ So use what ya got. ~~ Me I would use Oak & Hickory or maybe Oak and Pecan...Heavy on the Oak (80%)...and light on the Hickory (20%) Ya might use a little more Pecan than Hickory if you use that combo ~~ Fruit woods? Cherry!!

              Have Fun!

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                hawkeyeui93 Apr 17, 2012 07:20 PM

                Bob: I've never used Black Walnut. What is it like? I got two large trees on a rental property and I think I am going to remove one ... Worth saving the wood?

                1. re: hawkeyeui93
                  Veggo Apr 17, 2012 07:23 PM

                  Black walnut is extremely valuable to woodworkers and artists. Burning it is burning money.

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                    hawkeyeui93 Apr 17, 2012 07:31 PM

                    That was my initial thought about it, but my rental property is in Northern Iowa and the tree is not quite the century-plus growth most artisans covet [at least in this area] ....

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                      Veggo Apr 17, 2012 07:49 PM


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                    Uncle Bob Apr 17, 2012 07:24 PM

                    I heard it through the grape vine...it's bad/bitter/strong/ ~~ YMMV


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                  acgold7 Apr 17, 2012 07:26 PM

                  You could go Mediterranean and go with Olive or Grape prunings, if you can find some.

                  1. Gio Apr 18, 2012 05:12 AM

                    Seasonings you might think about using: lots of garlic, thyme, bay leaves, Greek oregano, hot paprika, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar.

                    1. JB BANNISTER Apr 18, 2012 06:23 AM

                      I will be cooking 1-3 like the picture below and at least one goat and lamb on a GAS pig cooker with a smoke box. I can get by using blocks of wood for the gas cooker. Btw that is a cow roasting in the background but we are doing them with differant fires this year.

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