Grilling wild game around the world sure means something different than what we're used to.
There are excellent ways to grill your game, and then there are game animals to grill that you didn't even know about. Some of these things are a delicacy in other parts of the world that you and I might turn our nose up at, and yet when you see how they grill it, you may just change your mind.
Grilling wild game meat is a custom recognized around the world. Wild game recipes may come and go, but the fact remains: put it on the BBQ and it gains a whole new meaning.
From wild boar to game birds and beyond, there is nothing that will make your ground venison burgers any better except putting them over the coals.
Wild meats from the United States and even Canada command our respect and gratitude once we have it in out hands, but here in North America, we aren't the only ones who know our way around the grill.
Sit back and take a short ride through the spectacular and the weird, then decide whether or not you would have what it takes to put some of these things on the grill and in your mouth.
1. Grilled Squid, Japan
2. Crazed Bugs, China
3. Grilled Butter Shrimp, Korea
4. Balinese Braised Duck Leg, Singapore
5. Grilled Bear in Rice, Russia
6. Grilled Venison, Sweden
7. Grilled Mopani Worms, South Africa
8. Community Wild Pig Pit, Phillipines
9. Grilled Sardines, Morocco
10. Grilled Flanks, Argentina
11. Grilled Cayman and Stingray, Brazil
12. Wild Hog, Australia
13. Smoked Octopus, New Zealand
14. Grilled Mahi Mahi, Hawaii
15. Grilled Rat, Malaysia
Even over medium heat—low and slow—I don't think any of us want to try grilled rat. And while things like shrimp and octopus might not be completely considered wild game, there are not too many of us that have ever even tried to take them by hunting or fishing methods!
So, there you have it, recipes notwithstanding. We tend to think of ourselves as the kings of the BBQ, but until you see what folks around the world consider a delicacy and how they cook it... remember that we're just getting started.
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