I found a recipe for microwave jerky while reading Modernist Cuisine, the six volume bible for anyone interested in science-informed cookery. Their recipe is for beef jerky marinated in soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and salt and then dried in a microwave in just five minutes. I’m always looking for interesting things to try with kid goat and so I thought I’d try and make kid jerky based on this recipe.
Traditionally jerky would have been dried in the open air, over smoke and fire for days. Or more recently in a dehydrator for several hours. But why not use the microwave if it could be done in minutes? The modernist philosophy is to break down misconceptions and myths so use of the microwave is not looked down on, or frowned upon. The idea is that radio waves at a certain frequency agitate the water molecules in the cured meat and force the water out very quickly, drying the jerky.
Of course drying meat over a fire would have produced a smoky flavour so a lot of recent jerky recipes call for the addition of liquid smoke flavouring to the marinade to emulate this. I wanted to achieve this smokiness balanced with sweet and peppery flavours so the perfect solution was Gran Luchito smoked chili paste, currently gaining popularity and winning accolades and awards all over the place. It is made from rare Pasilla Oaxaca chilies, harvested and smoked over oak by the farmers who grow them in Oaxaca, Mexico. The chilies are then mixed with caramelised onions, balsamic vinegar and dark agave syrup to produce a deeply smoky, sweet and peppery paste.
For my jerky, I have used kid goat neck fillet. It is important to use a lean meat for jerky, which makes kid goat perfect as it is one of the leanest meats available. The neck is tender and yields perfect long strips. The loin would have also worked well. Below is my recipe which I think worked really well. The chili paste did most of the work with the flavour but I added soy sauce for seasoning and dark colour, and maple syrup and black pepper to enhance the sweet and peppery flavours of the paste.
If you want to try this recipe, you can find Gran Luchito paste on Amazon or buy it from retailers listed on their website and find kid goat meat from Gourmet Goat at Borough Market, Wednesday – Saturday, and loads of info and recipes at gourmetgoat.co.uk.