A while back I found an amazing store that sold all kinds of weird and wild meats. The place is called Hills Foods and it is located in Coquitlam BC. While I was there I picked up some Crocodile but had no idea what to expect or how to cook it so it stayed in my freezer for some time. Finally I found a recipe on Cilantro Cooks that sounded like a great idea and I took the plunge and cooked it.
2lbs Crocodile sliced into strips
355ml of beer (Dark Farmhouse – Microbrasserie Le Castor)
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1 Cup yellow corn meal
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
vegetable oil to fry crocodile
Cut your Crocodile into srips
Place cornmeal into a shallow dish.
In a different bowl add the beer and all of the spices together including salt and pepper.
Soak the crocodile in the beer and spice mixture and then cover in cornmeal by rolling meat in cornmeal. Pace battered crocodile on wax paper.
In a large frying pan or skillet place 1/2 inch of oil into it and heat it up. I set my element at medium-high. Once oil hot place strips in.
Cook the crocodile until it is browned. Then flip it over and fry it on that side. Make sure meat is cooked to a good internal temperature. Keep cooking the crocodile in small batches until you are done.
Once it is ready serve it wish a dipping sauce or salsa. I used salsa. I have to admit this is probably the weirdest thing I have every cooked but it ended up being really tasty. Crocodile tastes similar to chicken. This is the first time I have said that as usually I don’t agree with that sentiment. The beer I used was not very fresh so I will not be reviewing it but it still tasted pretty good and using it to cook with it did not matter as much anyways.
On August 17th, 2013 Jonny and Nick of YVRBeerTweetup partnered up with The Vancouver Canadians, The Butcher and Bullock and Granville Island Brewing to put on a great event! The event started at 4pm at the Butcher and Bullock pub were you were given a drink ticket for a pint of Granville Island Brewings “Thirsty Farmer Saison”. People attending the event were asked to arrive before 5:30pm to board the bus. From 4 to 5:30 though was a great time to mingle with the 50+ people involved with the “Beer and Baseball” event!
When the time came everyone piled into the school bus (not sure if it was a magic bus but the driver rocked). We then embarked on the short but noisy bus ride to Nat Bailey Stadium. Once we arrived the tickets were handed out and everyone headed into the stadium and into our section rocking Granville Island or Whistler Brewing beer and some crazy foot long hot dogs from the many great venders. The Canadians played a great game against the Salem-Keizer Volcanos holding them to one run in the seventh inning. The final score was 6-1 for Vancouver! The Blue Jays could really learn from these boys!
Once the game ended everyone was treated to a real awesome fireworks show that went on for around 13 minutes! It was very impressive to say the least and you can see the show in its entirety on the link below!
Once the show was over it was time to head back to the bus and then back to the Butcher and Bullock. This time it was a much louder buss ride. I don’t know why? Okay so I do it was all that good beer at the YVR Beer Tweetup. On arrival to the bar everyone was given their second drink ticket for a second pint of the saison from earlier. A few more pints were enjoyed to say the least once back at the bar. Not sure exactly what time we all left but it was after midnight to be certain.
Thanks so much Jonny and Nick of YVR Beer Tweetup for planning this as well as Vancouver Canadians, Butcher and Bullock and Granville Island Brewing for helping make this happen!
The ticket was only $25 and included two pints at the pub, a ticket to the Vancouver Canadians game and a bus ride to and from the game! Probably the best bang for your buck entertainment package in town! And come on there was freeking fireworks to boot!