How to Make Caribbean Style Slow Cooked Curried Goat
How to make Caribbean style curried goat, slow cooked
As indicated on my recipe for fried bananas, I love food with a Caribbean flair. When it comes to meat, some cuisines are not as common as chicken or turkey. If you are a meat eater and you are reading this but can not fathom the idea of eating goat, I say give it a chance. It is quite tasty.
Goat is often used in Jamaican, Trinidadian and Indian dishes. As I mentioned with plantains, goat is not always readily found in supermarkets and grocery stores within the United States.
I recently went to an 'African/Caribbean/Oriental' market that supplies a lot of less commonly used meats to the community.
As the case may be, it might be easier to find frozen imported goat meat than farm fresh goat meat. For preparing curried goat in the slow cooker, the package of goat meat that I picked up is an export of Australia.
Allowing the goat meat to thaw before placing it in the slow cooker
- As I mentioned in a recent hub/article about slow cooked turkey wings, placing frozen meat in the slow cooker is not ideal.
- I recommend removing the desired portion of goat meat from the plastic bag and immediately placing what is not needed back into the freezer.
- Allow the meat that you will be using to sit on the counter in some water to thaw adequately.
- When it has begun to soften from its frozen state, pour out the water and rinse the meat again several times.
- Drain after the last rinse and place the cubes of goat meat into the slow cooker.
- You will add the needed spices directly into the slow cooker with the meat.
- Alternatively, if you have time the night before, pre-seasoning the meat and placing it in the bottom of the refrigerator, covered with foil or plastic wrap, will allow it to be very well marinated.
- The flavors will be well absorbed when you are ready to place the goat in the slow cooker.
The relatively easy to find spices & sauces that will work best to make your goat meat dish taste like "Caribbean style"
The most desired spices for making this dish are:
- curry powder (which typically includes turmeric, coriander and other spices),
- and a blend of both jamaican style hot pepper sauce and jerk sauce.
- I also add extra garlic and parsley.
Goat & rice dish
Toward the end of the goat's cooking time, in the slow cooker, I add rice for a one pot dish. You can also cook the rice separately on the stovetop, if preferred.
To enhance the Caribbean flavor, you can use flavored rice. I recommend Zatarain's Caribbean flavored rice. Be mindful of the sodium content. With that much salt in the rice mix, you might only want to use half of the flavoring (which is what I do) and not add any additional salt to the goat meat itself.
Adding rice to the goat in the slow cooker
With the goat having remained in the slow cooker for up to 8 hours, you can add the rice mix in the final 1/2 hour of cooking time. Add a bit more water, enough to cover the rice. At the end of the 1/2 hour, you are done. Enjoy your meal!