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Recipe contributed by Managing Editor K. Slye.
I’ve only been waterfowl hunting once in my life, and that was long before I was interested in how to cook the wild game. Back in high school I went goose hunting with a friend and his dad, Doc. Doc owns a few hundred acres of farmland in western Pennsylvania and manages it to be prime wildlife habitat for deer, pheasants, and geese. We had success and a lot of fun, getting close to our limit of birds on my first and only goose hunt. It was a long time ago and I can’t remember how we cooked those birds up. Since then I have not gone waterfowl hunting or had the chance to eat goose.
Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of good looking food made from geese while scrolling through my Instagram feed. I even noticed one of my old hunting buddies, Casey, having some success while goose hunting. So, I asked Casey if he could spare a few goose breasts for me and he was more than happy to share his harvest. I stopped by his house one evening and he was generous enough to fill a grocery bag of breasts for me, giving me the ability to try a couple different recipes.
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For my first recipe with the goose I decided to smoke them on my new Kamado Joe grill. I thawed out a package of the breasts and when I pulled it from the vacuum sealed package it had a very distinct smell. Not a rancid meat smell, but something I wasn’t used to when dealing with venison. I wasn’t sure if this was how they usually smell or if somehow the meat had gone bad. I decided to go ahead with the recipe anyway.
I’m going to be honest, when I sliced that first piece off I was very hesitant when taking a bite. But it didn’t take long before I was licking my plate clean and going in for more. Coming right off the smoker, I sliced it thin and ate it like steak. The leftovers I put on a sandwich with avocado, grilled peppers, lettuce, and my Assault sauce.