GOAT LOIN CHOPS, Eight chops, 6-8 oz each — Shannon Creek Farm — the most succulent cut!
Goat Loin Chops Eight chops, 6-8 oz each Shannon Creek Farm
Goat chops are a pure treat, and so easy to prepare: just rub the meat with salt and pepper and perhaps a bit of fresh rosemary. The chop is the most decadent, tender, succulent, rarified, and esteemed cut. Each goat only yields a few of these special chops.
Goatober has come a long way since the great cheesemonger Anne Saxelby came up with the idea 12 years ago!
October is the natural season for goat meat, and as we have for over a decade, we are proud to feature delicious cuts of goat as part of our effort to communicate just how delicious goat meat is. Despite being lean, the meat is rich and flavorful and boasts light floral notes in every bite. Because goat meat has less fat, it lends itself to slow and low cooking including braises and barbecue — see our Cooking Tab for more information!
Goatober was launched because dairies need to produce milk to make cheese, and the only way for an animal to make milk is to have babies. On goat dairies, whenever a male is born, unless it’s kept as a breeder, there is not much use for it since males do not produce milk and the market for male goats is not a large one in the United States. Some male babies are sold onto the commodity market to lead unhappy lives in confinement while others are euthanized. We wanted to launch a project to keep all the kids on the farm, roaming the pastures, while also providing an additional source of income to the farmers. The natural mating cycle of goats is to be born in the spring and be ready for processing in the fall — that is why we call the project Goatober although it has gone by other names too like No Kid Left Behind! Since 2010 Goatober has grown to become a celebration of all things goat, the most widely consumed protein on the planet!
100% antibiotic free
Humanely raised on pasture by independent family farms
Shannon Creek Farm – Manhattan, Kansas
Joseph Hubbard is one of the youngest farmers in the Heritage Foods network. Joseph learned the art of farming from his family and raises sheep and goats on the vast Flint Hill pastures around Manhattan, Kansas.
The Flint Hills, a band of hills in eastern Kansas stretching into North Central Oklahoma, is a region that is not good for plant agriculture, but ideal for pasture raised animals. This ecological region is where the most dense coverage of intact tallgrass prairie can be found in North America including Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indiangrass, Switchgrass, Prairie Dropseed, and Sideoats Grama. These tallgrass varieties are responsible for producing the tastiest grass fed animals on the planet.
Joseph raises multiple breeds of lamb for different reasons: Katahdin for their multiple birth and high growth rate, St. Croix for the natural tannin in their gut that wards off parasites and White Dorper for their muscling. Joseph is also a major producer for our Goatober Project and has been growing meat goats for Heritage Foods for almost a decade! His primary breed is the Boer goat. The Boer or Boerbok is a South African breed of meat goat. It was selectively bred in the Eastern Cape from about 1920. It has been exported to many countries, and has been used to improve the meat qualities of other breeds.
How to Prepare
1. Take the meat out of the refrigerator an hour prior to cooking.
2. Season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.
3. Preheat a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat until just about smoking.
4. Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and sear the chop for 3-5 minutes depending on its size. For larger chops, add a few knobs of butter to the pan along with a clove of garlic and 2-3 sprigs of thyme or rosemary. Baste the chops using a spoon for the final 3-5 minutes of cooking.
5. Cook until your desired internal temperature is reached. (120-125℉ for rare, 130-135℉ for medium-rare)