Cabrito is roast goat-kid. It is a regional specialty of the city of Monterrey, Mexico, and the surrounding state of Nuevo Leon, based on the Jewish cuisine of the founders of the city.
It's the name given to goat-kid (not just roasted) in Northeast Brazil, especially in Sertao Nordestino, poorest area in the country. The goat should be about 3 months old. It is slow cooked over a charcoal fire for about 8 hours, turning it every 15- 20 minutes.
Also known as chivito, it's a regional specialty in the Cordoba Province in Argentina as well, especially the town of Quilino, which has a festival in its honour.
In northern Mexico, cabrito is cooked in a variety of ways.
The best known, and perhaps most popular form is cabrito al pastor, in which the whole carcass is opened flat and impaled with a metal spit. The spit is then placed next to a bed of glowing embers and roasted slowly in the open air without seasonings other than the light scent it will absorb from the slow-burning charcoal.
A modern variation is cabrito al horno, or oven-roasted cabrito, which is roasted slowly in an oven at low temperatures. A number of variants of this preparation have emerged, including some very elaborate processes that involve applying seasonings and covering the cooking meat at specific times to produce a tasty and juicy treat.
Other preparations include cabrito en salsa in which the animal is cut into portions, browned in oil and braised in a tomato-based sauce with onions, garlic and green chiles, and other seasonings until tender.
A less common preparation is cabrito en sangre, or cabrito in blood sauce, which is sometimes called fritada de cabrito. For this preparation, the blood of the animal is collected when it is slaughtered and it becomes the basis for the sauce that the goat is braised in, along with the animals liver, kidneys and heart, and other seasonings. The end product is tender cabrito in a rich, very dark sauce.
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