Growing up there were many jokes about sky carp – I mean geese. The funniest joke was about the recipe for canning geese. After hunting you take the goose to your neighbors to offer up – neighbor after neighbor they keep saying no. This is when you get back home and (trash) can the goose. Goose has gotten a bad rep for being a meat high in fat content and greasy yet if cooked properly can be delicious and satisfying. My grandma never really had a knack for cooking goose so I really didn’t appreciate it until I was an adult. My favorite go to for both duck and goose is this Goose Bacon recipe.
Goose Bacon Recipe
Goose meat is lean and needs to be prepared in a brine to keep the juice and flavors in during cooking. Make the brine and allow the meat to sit for 10-12 hours in the refrigerator. The recipe will yield enough brine for 4 goose breasts – which is the best part for making bacon.
- 6 cups of water
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cups brown sugar
- 1 cups kosher salt
- 2 tbsp. black pepper
- 2 cups of brewed coffee
After removing from the brine rinse and pat them dry with paper towels. Allow them to rest and come to room temperature while you start your smoker. I use the Masterbuilt 30” Digital Electric Smokerbut you could use any cooking equipment that has a smoke feature. Set your smoker on the “smoke” setting and cook the breasts for 3 hours. Remove from the grill/smoker and cool goose meat on the counter before placing in the refrigerator or freezer for cooling. Wrapping in plastic wrap or placing in a plastic bag is the most efficient.
Slicing goose breast can be tricky and ensuring it is cold but not frozen is crucial in getting a good thin slice. If you have a meat slicer, like the Guide Gear 10” Electric Commerical-Grade Meat Slicer, it can be an easy task but regardless of the method slice to your desired thickness. Remember we are making bacon here so it doesn’t need to be as thin as sandwich meat.
You have successfully made goose bacon but still need the final cook to taste your masterpiece. You can fry in a pan as you would normal pork bacon or you can grill for 12-20 minutes based on thickness, flipping once. Enjoy with fresh eggs in the morning, on a BLT for lunch or simply as an afternoon snack.