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How to Make Caribbean Style Slow Cooked Curried Goat

Updated on January 02, 2015

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.

wash the meat well
wash the meat well

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.

curry powder
curry powder
hot sauce and jerk sauce
hot sauce and jerk sauce

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.

goat meat in slow cooker with curry powder, hot pepper sauce, jerk sauce and other spices.     Stir well, adding 1/4 cup water
goat meat in slow cooker with curry powder, hot pepper sauce, jerk sauce and other spices. Stir well, adding 1/4 cup water

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!


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      Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

      I have not had goat meat in years, thanks for the reminder.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Sure Bob, I hope it's available where you're located. Thanks for posting a comment.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Yummy! Its been a long time since I ate goat meat.  You've reminded me of how lovely it tastes.

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      TriniSoul 7 years ago from United States

      Everything looks good, but I would have made my rice from scratch, it taste better.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Lady_E, TriniSoul, thanks for leaving comments. Lady_E, I'm glad this hub reminded you that you like goat meat as you haven't had it in a while. TriniSoul, I definitely agree. Using boxed rice is a shortcut and cooking your own is always great. Thanks for sharing your links. - Journey *

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      Anonny 5 years ago

      how much jerk sauce should I use?

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      suzette 5 years ago

      I am a Jamaican and I must say this recipe is so far from how we make it in Jamaica.One we do not put jerk seasoning in it and we do not cook the rice with the meat.

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      Philomena 5 years ago

      You have omitted to let us know how much of each ingredient to use. Please supply that. Thanks

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Anonny, suzette and Philomena, thanks to all of you for posting comments to this hub. Thanks for calling my attention to the need for some further directions with the measurements...

      Actually, when I make this dish, I do not do particular measurements. I just pour in a bit of each spice and mix well. One measured tablespoon of each of the three (jerk sauce, pepper sauce and curry powder) would be adequate.

      Suzette, being of Trinidadian descent, this is just a dish I put together when I crave that great Caribbean flavor in food that I was used to my parents and grandparents making but this is by no means a traditional recipe that they have passed on to me:). I am certain that the style of cooking would not be authentic to Jamaica or even Trinidad although in Trinidad, meat and rice is often cooked in one dish.

      Thanks again for your comments everyone.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I have never seen the rice cooked with the goat before, neither have I ever had Zatarain's. In Jamaica we like our goat cooked over a coal pot or wood fire, but can be cooked on the gas stove. The curry is used with garlic, thyme, scallion, scotch bonnet and our favourite powder spice. We don't usually cook the goat with the bottled pepper because it changes the flavour.

      This is a unique was of preparing goat but it's not Jamaican, maybe another Caribbean island does it this way.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Cardisa, thanks for stopping by and posting a comment. I can imagine the delicious flavor from cooking the meat over a coal pot! Thanks for letting me know the method used to cook the goat in Jamaica. While not traditional/authentic, I do realize that many see this recipe as very unique but it is delicious indeed, easy and convenient. I like to "set it and forget it" in the slow cooker for several hours:).

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