Saturday, September 20, 2014

Charcoal Grilled Road Kill Deer Ribs (serves 2)


My secret hunter named T, was born and raised on Maui.  He loves to fish, hunt and lives his life basically off the land when possible.  T recently gave me 2 racks of ribs from a deer.   He accidentally ran over this poor deer while off on one of his hunting/fishing outings.   He believes that if you run over an animal and it is dead but still warm then definitely take it home and share with a few friends for a few good meals!  Why waste good meat, right?!

My friend/neighbor, Inge constantly tells her friends and family that I can make anything taste good, even road kill!  Of course we all thought she was just kidding.  However, my husband can now tell her that I can make a decent meal out of road kill after all!  :D

I marinaded my meat in a bag
and kept in refrigerator overnight
Ingredients:

~ 1 1/2 lbs deer ribs
1/2 C finely chopped shallots or onion
1 1/2 Tbsps minced lemongrass
2 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced
5 kaffir lime leaves, julienned or chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 1/2 Tbsps fish sauce
1/2 tsp salt
A pinch of raw sugar

Method:

Mix all ingredients (except for the ribs) together in a small bowl until well blended.  Rub mixture over both sides of the ribs.  Let marinade at least 4 hours or overnight.  Grilled over charcoal until the thickest part of the ribs are cooked through (approximately 15-20 minutes total).  The cooking time will depend on how hot your grill is).

charcoal grilled road kill deer ribs,
grilled Maui wild boar on sugar cane stick
and papaya-purslane weed salad
*I marinaded my ribs overnight in a ziplock bag for easy clean-up.
*Add hot chili pepper or cayenne powder if you want to add some kick to your ribs.
*You may also use a mortar and pestle to blend the shallots/onion, lemongrass, garlic, lime leaves, ginger, fish sauce, salt, and sugar.
*My husband was surprised he was able to get the grill to work by the banana tree grove due to the strong trade winds.  Of course I had to pick the afternoon when we have a very windy day to grill!

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