Treasures of Colombia: Roast Goat – Cabrita Asada (Colombian Street Food)

One of the popular dishes in Jamaica is curried goat.

Similarly here in Colombia goat is loved and eaten in some parts, although prepared differently. I visited some friends in the rural part (campo) of Cundinamarca and guess what was on the menu?

I was completely overwhelmed with joy because I hadn’t eaten goat in 4 years!

treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Treasures of Colombia: Roast Goat Cabrita Asada (Colombian Street Food)


This would have been my first time having goat in Colombia because in the plains where I now live and in the coast where I used to live; they do not eat goat meat they only eat pork, beef and chicken.

What was interesting to me was that the goat that was being prepared was a goat kid, not an adult ram or she-goat. The goat meat that I ate in Jamaica was always adult goat. They too eat mature goat but they prefer to eat the babies because they are tender and more succulent.


In Jamaica we do one of two things when preparing mutton, we either curry or stew it; here it is stewed or grilled. Honestly, I have never seen or eaten grilled mutton. The process is quite new to me here are the steps:


 The aunty boiled the goat in saltwater until tender.

 Then she marinated it with a special wet rub that she blended.

 After that, her husband then placed it on a grill that was mounted on a blazing wood fire outside.

The smell was heavenly and boy o boy did I enjoy it! Same animal, different preparation but delicious nonetheless; I will definitely be trying this recipe at home for a future event.

PS: I think that you should try it too!  


Treasures of Colombia by Denise Fyffe and Stacey Ann SmithStacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumnus of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also passionate about traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.

Copies of the book, Treasures of Colombia, available at online bookstores.



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