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Something exotic to cook. (Not impossible to get, please be realistic)

JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 07:52 PM

I want something that I can cook WHOLE that I can get within 5 hours of South Carolina. Yak, buffalo, elk etc. I am having a hard time finding suppliers. If it won't make someone go "WOW!" skip it.

Please exclude: Boar, llama, emu Been there done that.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 08:18 PM


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      JB BANNISTER RE: ipsedixit May 31, 2013 05:01 AM

      I like it. I'm having trouble getting on sourced .

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        PotatoHouse RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 05:09 AM

        Rattle snake and python here.


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      GH1618 RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 08:40 PM

      I immediately thought of Effie cooking a whole octopus for Sid, in the comic Piranha Club.

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        sueatmo RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 08:43 PM

        To me a duck would be exotic. Or partridge. Or guinea fowl.

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          JB BANNISTER RE: sueatmo May 31, 2013 05:04 AM

          Ducks and Patridge we do all the time. I want to do a gunnie hen

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            sueatmo RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 09:11 PM

            My great grandma raised them, I understand. All dark meat my mom told me. Please report back.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 1, 2013 06:42 AM

              How about goose? Although geese are not very "exotic", I don't see people do them nearly as often as ducks.

          2. Kris in Beijing RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 09:07 PM

            Florida invasive Burmese python?

            I'd look here:

            And do the Hawkins in TR still raise beefalo off of Keeler Mill Rd and Manley or Old White Horse & Settlement Rd?
            THAT would be an impressive thing on a spit.
            Go to google maps at:
            62 Settlement Road, Travelers Rest, United States Select Street View, then "look Left."

            Of course, you could try Roxboro NC:

            1. hill food RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 09:30 PM

              start off with a car or a gun. you're resourceful. do the math.


              1. deet13 RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 09:50 PM

                How about alligator?

                I know y'all have got a gator farm or two up there you can contact...

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                  deet13 RE: deet13 Jun 3, 2013 09:28 PM

                  BTW, the company I usually order my bags of crawfish from sells whole skinned alligators.
                  Here's the link to the site


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                    JB BANNISTER RE: deet13 Jun 4, 2013 06:33 AM

                    What a great link. Thanks this is exactly what I'm looking for.

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                      JB BANNISTER RE: deet13 Jun 4, 2013 01:27 PM

                      The people seemed super nice. I think $12 a lb is fine. I am really looking for to this. Thanks!

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                        deet13 RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 4, 2013 04:01 PM

                        Yeah, the family that runs Louisiana Crawfish run a solid business. The customer service there is good.

                        I've only had one issue ordering from them, and I've been ordering from them for years. They sorted the problem out, and had my missing item at my front door within 24 hours.

                        So what size of gator are you thinking of ordering?

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                          JB BANNISTER RE: deet13 Jun 5, 2013 11:20 AM

                          3-5 feet. I think will work in my La Caja China.

                  2. juliejulez RE: JB BANNISTER May 30, 2013 10:21 PM

                    Here's a supplier for whole elk http://www.venison-meat.com/html/gran.... Not within 5 hours of you but they say they ship... might make the cost too much though.

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                      JB BANNISTER RE: juliejulez Jun 2, 2013 12:20 PM

                      What a great resource. Thanks I have been searching for that!

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                        juliejulez RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 3, 2013 09:44 AM

                        You're welcome, let us know if you end up getting something from them. There's elk everywhere here in CO.

                        I also thought of maybe Moose? Similar sourcing problems as elk though, probably even worse since they're so big and less common than elk.

                    2. PotatoHouse RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 03:37 AM

                      Have you looked here?


                      1. porker RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 05:21 AM

                        What about capybara?
                        Native to South America, you might sniff some out of Fla.
                        It might not "WOW!", but you'll at least get "HMM""

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                          Veggo RE: porker May 31, 2013 05:42 AM

                          I like that one, porker. Having been bitten by a capybara on my calf in Costa Rica, I wouldn't mind a chance to bite one back!

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                          INDIANRIVERFL RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 06:04 AM

                          Saw your post on the swordfish. Possibly from the same source you can get an 8 to 10 foot shark. Deep water sharks such as threshers or makos are the best tasting. For a "can you guess what it is" entree, get a 6 foot nurse shark, trim the fins, and baste with garlic butter. Has the taste and texture of lobster.

                          Be sure they are bled immediately or they will taste of uric acid and ammonia.

                          I also like the whole alligator idea. I prefer the ribs smoked or BBQ rather than mystery nuggets.

                          1. JungMann RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 06:43 AM

                            Camel hump. I've seen it at halal butchers. If you really want people to go "WOW!" stuff it with a lamb stuffed with a chicken.

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                              c oliver RE: JungMann May 31, 2013 07:57 AM

                              That sure puts a turducken to shame :)

                              @OP: why within five hours? Online you'll find everything.

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                                INDIANRIVERFL RE: c oliver Jun 1, 2013 08:13 AM

                                Had this im Morrocco too many years ago. Served on a bed of saffron rice. Plenty of wonderful unknown spices.

                            2. meatn3 RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 09:22 AM

                              Pea fowl?

                              1. emglow101 RE: JB BANNISTER May 31, 2013 10:01 PM

                                Song birds slowly braised in a ragu. Served over pasta. It was a staple here for the Italians working at the tannery.

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                                  porker RE: emglow101 Jun 2, 2013 08:29 AM

                                  I had an Italian friend (sadly passed on) who said he enjoyed pigeon chicks (flightless out of the nest), sauteed whole.
                                  Speaking of Italian ragu, I once had a haircut from an Italian guy who said he liked starling in tomato sauce. He joked that they're kinda small, so it takes quite a few of 'em for the pot (I don't know if a starling rates as "songbird")

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                                    Veggo RE: porker Jun 2, 2013 10:04 AM

                                    Starlings are one of the most destructive birds, eat all you want. As to song birds, I think their highest and best use is singing.

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                                      JMF RE: porker Jun 2, 2013 12:45 PM

                                      Squab (pigeon chicks) are fantastic.

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                                        hill food RE: porker Jun 2, 2013 08:32 PM

                                        oh get some grape shot and go loaded for a domestic version of ortolan. finches might do. I wouldn't, but...

                                        AND the cost of the proper linens required has to be prohibitive.

                                    2. JMF RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 4, 2013 06:57 AM

                                      The 17 year Cicadas are hatching...

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                                        tzurriz RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 4, 2013 07:02 AM


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                                          HillJ RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 4, 2013 12:12 PM

                                          Alligator, black bear, lion, turtle, camel.
                                          JB do you ever get flack for some of the more exotic choices?
                                          I've read stories about this style of cooking being controversial for some people and some states.

                                          yet EM seems to sell just about anything for customers.

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                                            Veggo RE: HillJ Jun 4, 2013 04:17 PM

                                            Taco Fusion in south Tampa sells tacos with exotic meats, but the lion tacos have been removed from the menu at least for now because of the public outcry last month. Curiously, their lion taco sales went up after the news attention, even at $35 per taco.

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                                              HillJ RE: Veggo Jun 4, 2013 04:37 PM

                                              Veggo, I read about the public's reaction to lion tacos now that you mention it. I had no idea what the price to order a taco was tho, wow.

                                              About 10 years ago while we spent a week in Cape May, NJ one of the local restaurants was offering a platter called "Jungle fever" and we ordered it. What I recall is alligator, loin of lion and a hibbo burger. I have no idea if these special meats were the real deal. My husband enjoyed all of it. We never saw it on the menu again. Maybe $45.00 for the experience.

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                                                c oliver RE: HillJ Jun 4, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                HillJ, I assume you meant "hippo" :) and again I find it hard to believe. Your husband enjoyed it. You didn't eat it or you didn't enjoy it?

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                                                  HillJ RE: c oliver Jun 4, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                  Ha! HIPPO-yes! Sometimes I truly am asleep at the wheel! Honestly, we had no way of knowing if it was truly these meats (I think I said that already). My husband enjoyed every bite and at the time I was completely off meat. I didn't try any of it.

                                                  We experienced this Jungle Fever platter at The Mad Batter in Cape May, NJ quite some time ago but memorable because the outdoor European-style porch part of the restaurant is quite small and intimate between tables. it's quite common for guests to wind up talking to one another and the outside menu advertised the Jungle Fever platter. Those fearless enough to order wound up talking to each other across tables. It was fun even though I didn't taste. One of our fav Cape May BnB/restaurants.

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                                                    c oliver RE: HillJ Jun 4, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                    I've wanted to go to Cape May for a few years. I probably won't get the Jungle Fever dish :)

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                                                      HillJ RE: c oliver Jun 4, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                      Oh, we've been back to Cape May since then. We never saw the Jungle Fever dish on The Mad Batter menu again or anywhere else for that matter...

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                                                c oliver RE: Veggo Jun 4, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                How did the sales go up if it was no longer on the menu. Unless these were lions that died of old age, I find that pretty reprehensible :(

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                                                  Veggo RE: c oliver Jun 5, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                  The news attention and the hate mail began about a week before they pulled it from the menu, out of fear. One day sales jumped to over 40 of them. Some people will travel and spend to sample weird experiences.

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                                                    porker RE: Veggo Jun 5, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                    Theres an iconic chicken rotisserie joint in Montreal called Chalet BBQ. You can see a large bronze placque at the entrance announcing "Lions meet here every second Tuesday of the month" with the Lions logo at the top.
                                                    My friends boy was about 8 years old, read the sign and proclaimed "Wow, they have Lions meat here on Tuesdays!"

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                                                      JB BANNISTER RE: Veggo Jun 5, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                      You better believe they will will. We had people fly in from Tx, Indiana, Chicago this year. No to mention those who who drove in from a 4-5 state area. We had people watching the web cam from all over the world.

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                                                Vidute RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 4, 2013 09:54 PM

                                                how about guinea pigs?


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