Discussion in 'Just Good Food' started by sandals, May 11, 2017.

  1. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    Friend of mine raises alpaca to pack his gear in/out.

    One broke its leg and I got a few roasts. Anyone ever eaten it before? Any cooking tips?
  2. wiser1

    wiser1 Trash Picker

    Apr 15, 2013
    Jefferson county
    Pack in and out of where ? I think we have another "Oneshot" in the making .....:)

  3. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014

    Pretty much anywhere. The guy chases elk in Colorado for weeks at a time. If you didn't have a 4wheeler I bet it could pack out a white tail no problem
  4. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 New Member

    May 17, 2007
    Never had one but I'd cook it just like llama. :cheers:
  5. hesseu

    hesseu Active Member

    Jul 23, 2009
    Can you imagine the look on someones face when they see an alpaca up in the mountains? "Hey Joe, look at that deformed elk...musta been an inbred...hurry, shoot em!"
  6. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014

    I would be more surprised if I saw a horse
  7. Satch

    Satch Senior Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Central MO
    Cook them the same as spotted owl or bald eagle.
  8. jawesome357

    jawesome357 The Instigator

    Oct 31, 2013
    The only OC
    Here is a crock pot recipe I found that looks pretty good. When I haven't tried something before I always like doing crock-pot meals.

    (1) alpaca shoulder 3-4lbs
    (1) packet Hidden Valley ranch dressing
    (1) packet Italian dressing
    (1) packet brown gravy mix
    (1) cup of cold water
    Potatoes, baby carrots, sweet onion

    Slice up the onion first and make a bed out of it on the bottom of the crockpot. Mix up all the dry seasoning and rub a small amount all over a fork stabbed roast, place on the onions and add in potatoes and carrots. Mix the rest of the seasoning with the water and pour the mixture over everything. Set the crockpot on low and let her cook for 8-9hrs.

    Ending result is a very lean roast that you can pull apart with a fork onto a serving platter. After removing all the roast and vegetables I mixed up 2 heaping tablespoons of flour in about 1/3 cup cold water and added it to the juices in the pot to thicken it up.
  9. Bootheel Boy

    Bootheel Boy Active Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    I ran across an alpaca or lama last fall in a Colorado elk camp. Odd looking creature for sure. After helping pack out dozens of elk over the years I don't blame anyone for bringing help no matter how ugly it looks. :D
  10. DougC

    DougC Active Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Or horse
  11. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    If it smells like a goat ,,,,, cook it like a goat.
  12. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Let us know how it turns out, never had it.
  13. DoubleLiver

    DoubleLiver Gentry County, NE KS

    Aug 20, 2015
    Dakota County, MN
    I have trouble believing an Alpaca would be cheaper than a 4 wheeler.

    Good Humor coming.....walking with the live in girlfriend at the MN state fair and we are in the livestock area. She says "Hey look Alpacas. We should get an Alpaca!" Without a second of hesitation my response was "you can just Alpaca your $hit and move out." Even she laughed at that one.
  14. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    I think I'd go with the alpaca over the 4wheeler, they can travel further, quieter, and haul more gear.
  15. timberdoodle

    timberdoodle Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Stanton mo
    And I've never seen a good recipe for cookin up a Yamaha Grizzly :)
  16. Dafish

    Dafish Senior Member

    Nov 24, 2010
    St. Peters
    some places in the mountains, (like wilderness areas) you cannot have anything with wheels on it, including a game cart. Alpaca's do not spook as much as horses and can carry a big load.
  17. Muleskinner

    Muleskinner Active Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Osage County
    They can't carry half an elk . I ran into a pair out there a few years ago . My mules did not like them . I think the guy said 80 lbs is what the could pack . That's only one elk 1/4. My mule can carry two quarters and a head.
  18. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    No they can't... I'd imagine most guys hunting with them would bring a team of 3-4, maybe even 5 alpacas. I'd imagine each could pack out 100 pounds. They can eat anything including pineneedles and cones and can go without water for 4-5 days.
  19. TATER

    TATER New Member

    Steve Rinella's brother from the show Meateater (and books which are good by the way) uses alpacas. They seem to think they work very well as service animals.
  20. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    This guy uses goats!