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

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. re: ipsedixit

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

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

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

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        1. re: sueatmo

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

          1. re: JB BANNISTER

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

            1. re: JB BANNISTER

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

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


              1. How about alligator?

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

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                1. re: deet13

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


                  1. re: deet13

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

                    1. re: deet13

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

                      1. re: JB BANNISTER

                        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?

                        1. re: deet13

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: juliejulez

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

                      1. re: JB BANNISTER

                        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.

                      1. 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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                        1. re: porker

                          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!

                        2. 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. 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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                            1. re: JungMann

                              That sure puts a turducken to shame :)

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

                              1. re: c oliver

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

                              1. 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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                                1. re: emglow101

                                  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")

                                  1. re: porker

                                    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.

                                    1. re: porker

                                      Squab (pigeon chicks) are fantastic.

                                      1. re: porker

                                        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. The 17 year Cicadas are hatching...

                                        1. 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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                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              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.

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                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?

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

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

                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      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...

                                              2. re: Veggo

                                                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 :(

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    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!"

                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      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.