“Anonymous” (who I strongly suspect is Uncle Carl, given his sign in difficulties) left an oblique reference to a Facebook post I wrote about eating kangaroo. I take that as a hint that the blogosphere would like to read about it as well.
I have eaten kangaroo a few times since I’ve been here, with varying success. Kangaroo is a very environmentally friendly meat; kangaroos are a bit overpopulated, and they eat naturally growing grass, so there’s no carbon expenditures on shipping in expensive grain to feed them.
|Photo courtesy of Dan.|
Unfortunately, it can also be a bit gamey if overcooked, which I have experienced on one occasion. It was not good. Anyway, Ethan and I thought it would be fun to serve roo for Heidi and Dan. Heidi and Dan picked out the meat – some marinated and some plain – and we cooked it on our outdoor gas grill. I was very conservative with the cooking, as I have a tendency to overcook on the grill, and in light of aforementioned experience. As a result, we were a bit undercooked for Heidi and Dan’s taste, but it turned out really good. Kangaroo tastes a bit like beef, and when cooked properly is very tender and juicy. There is no risk of trichinosis or e coli, so undercooking is more of problem with regards to taste than health. I preferred the marinated pieces, but the plain ones were good too.
Eating kangaroo is more of a novelty than anything else – it isn’t less expensive than beef, and doesn’t taste surprisingly different. But it’s still tasty and fun to say you’ve had some. I imagine we’ll have it again a few more times while we’re here.