Nilgai (Indian Antelope)

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by bbqgoddess, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi all!
    I have some friends who have some Nilgai (Indian Antelope)
    I was just searching around (guickly) for someone who has smoked an antelope before...
    It is frozen, I am not sure how big or what piece o' lope it is.... Is this something you would brine? Smoke with what kind of wood??? they are not looking to make jerkey...
    Its from Texas....(not sure if that matters??)
    Any help would be so appreciated!
    Thanks all
    BBQG
     
  2. bhille42

    bhille42 Meat Mopper

    If it were me, I would treat it like venison. There's a lot of good threads on that.
     
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I agree you could probably treat it as venison and be very close. Personally I like to marinade my venison and even inject it to keep it from drying out.
     
  4. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Make chili with it. Antelope has a ********* taste to it. I don't know how to cook it. Be cool to shoot.
     
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You might want to PM Erain, seems to be into that stuff. Maybe he'll be in here to answer your question.
     
  6. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    BBQGODDESS
    I have never prepared and "cooked" antelope myself, but I will say the same as WaysideRanch; everything I have heard and tasted in antelope has a more pronounced "gamey taste" to it.
    I do know if I prepared it I would definetly marinade it in milk or buttermilk before "cooking" it and if I still wasn't happy at that point, next time I would also add spices and/or use it for jerky or in sausage mix.
     
  7. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hi kelly, i am not familiar with that type of antelope, i am familiar with proghorn which really is not an antelope but belongs to another family. the pronghorn is a much more delicate meat than venisons. if properly cared for imediatly after harvest yields some very fine table fare. This nilgai antelope, probably from a game farm in texas i would imagine be closer to venison. when you say they dont want to make jerky out of it brings me to beleive they are having you smoke this for them. i would find out there preference as how they want prepared, could do a full blown cure and smoke, there are brine recipies which would give it good flavor, or rub and smoke. kind of depends what your looking for...
     
  8. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Erain I knew you would come to the rescue, you da man![​IMG]
     

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