Is Goat Meat the Next Bacon?

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I have long sung the praises of goat meat, gone on and on about the birria at El Cabrito, Binh Dan's seven-course goat dinner, the Pakistani treatments over at Noorani and Bismillah. Now, it seems that slowly, surely, non-ethnics are beginning to consider goat the next bacon, the next meat to become a trend.

Last week, the Washington Post ran a story on the goat-meat industry in the United States, noting that the number of goats slaughtered in this country have doubled every 10 years for the past three decades. Yesterday, TreeHugger offered goat as an ethical alternative to beef--didn't bother with the argument, but rest assured thousands of greenies will now try to butcher a goat in their backyards.

We Forkers welcome this development and look forward to the inevitable luxe lonchera that serves birria. Us? We'll stick with Hot Taco.

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Esperanza
Esperanza

Oh yes! Me and one of my Indian inlaws got along fabulously about eating goat's feet.

Bsquared2
Bsquared2

I heard Goat is the next food truck. Or was it Goat Cupcakes? Goat flavored Froyo!

Can't wait until the next Gastro Pub offers Goat stuffed Jalapeno Poppers!

I appreciate you love of the Goat. You haven't been in Goat Heaven until you've had Vietnamese BBQ Goat in Saigon on Goat St. 4 people can feast for around $12. Their idea of decor is fluorescent lighting!

I'm Mexican. My wife is Vietnamese. And we both love Goat!

Rob
Rob

My good friend is from Jamaica and he does a fantastic curried goat. It is a thing to be cherished.

Thefatlamb
Thefatlamb

Mr. Gustavo any fine (meaning hole in the wall) dinning places in this fair county to find some birria Jalisco-style other than El Cabrito or is this a question for the Ask A Mexican...Thanks

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Keep reading our newspaper, and you'll find a review soon!

Rafael
Rafael

I've never tried birria, but I love bacon. So maybe I'll have to try it soon. I just watched The World Report on HDNET last night and they showed the game of Buzkashi played in Afghanistan. That goat didn't look very appetizing.

Fe Fo
Fe Fo

IT don't taste like chicken. So sorry...

Hernan_Cortes
Hernan_Cortes

http://www.mercurynews.com/cri...

Three men arrested after a crying goat is found tied in car trunk By Lisa Fernandez

Mercury News

Posted: 12/29/2010 10:24:13 AM PST Updated: 12/29/2010 10:06:53 PM PST

It started off as a traffic stop.

And it ended with three men being booked on charges of being cruel to a thirsty, hogtied goat.

Morgan Hill special operations Cmdr. Joe Sampson said the charges -- which also included driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine -- stem from a Christmas Eve bust on Monterey Road near San Pedro Avenue.

Sampson said officers on Friday spotted a car swerving, and pulled it over. They found that the driver didn't have a license, and they smelled alcohol inside the car, police said.

Not only did the officer find three open beer cans, as well as plastic bags filled with what he suspected was crystal methamphetamine, but he also heard crying, or rather, bleating, coming from inside the car trunk.

"Lo and behold, there's a goat tied up in there," Sampson said. "We think they were going to eat it."

Police called animal control officers, who found the goat severely dehydrated. "They gave it some water and it drank a gallon," Sampson said.

The driver, Ciro Paredes, 40, of Morgan Hill, was arrested on charges of not having a driver's license, DUI and animal cruelty.

Passengers Julio Perez, 27, and Ricardo Melgar, 19, were also arrested for animal cruelty, and Perez was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

All three men were booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I had goat once, when I lived in Humboldt. It had been cooked underground, pit style. It was awesome, although I was also very stoned...awesome, nonetheless.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

HA! Now, you should try it un-stoned!

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I will most definitely try, after clicking the above link for El Cabrito! Sounds delicious.

The main difference of eating un-stone, i'm sure, will be discretion. I was pretty lit during my first goat encounter. By the end of the night, I was picking the goat carcass clean, eating even the stuff that was still somewhat bloody and probably nowhere near being fully cooked. In hindsight, perhaps it's best that I was super stoned that evening.

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