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Bone-in, 3-4lb — a stunning centerpiece — Shannon Creek Farm
Leg of Goat
Shannon Creek Farm, Kansas Flint Hills
As an alternative to beef or lamb, goat leg simply cannot be beat — goat is a savory, lean, red meat with a clean, herbaceous finish – it is bright and floral with an unexpected depth of robust flavor. The leg of goat provides a formidable centerpiece worthy of King Arthur, but down-to-earth enough for a family holiday, or simply a special sandwich.
We recommend covering the roast thoroughly in salt, pepper, olive oil, and rosemary sprigs. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and then roll it down to 325 to roast the goat until the internal temperature reaches 145 for a perfect medium rare (or a little bit less, as the roast will continue to cook after leaving the oven).
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!
Goat cuts ideal for slow and low cooking like braises and barbecue include leg, shoulder, ribs, and shanks, and goat chops and rack can be seared in a pan.
How to Prepare
1. Take the roast out of the refrigerator an hour prior to cooking.
2. Preheat your oven to 450℉.
3. Season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.
4. Sear on all sides in a hot pan until browned.
5. Move to a roasting pan lined with a rack and cook at 450℉ for 15-20 mins for an even crust.
6. Lower the oven temperature to 300℉ and cook for 30 minutes checking the meat every 15 minutes thereafter until the roast reaches your desired internal temperature (130℉ approximately for goat to medium rare.) The internal temperature will continue to rise slightly after leaving the oven. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.