Thursday, June 16, 2011


Brochettes, or goat kebabs, are widely and cheaply available in bars throughout Rwanda. Goats are raised everywhere in Rwanda as a source of income. Only male goats are eaten in brochettes, as female goats are strictly for breeding. The goat is best to eat when it's young (the horns have only just started to grow) and the fatter the goat the better.

While most of the goats in my area end up in Kamembe, where meat is more widely consumed, even my small town has a bar that sells brochettes for 200FRW (33 cents) a piece. The brochettes have no vegetables, just meat. But the type of meat can be varied upon request (muscle, liver, intestine, heart, testicle). Flesh meat can be a little chewy so organ meat is the choicest meat. My favorite is liver. The brochettes are glazed with oil, salt, and pepper (habanero oil or powdered habanero) and are delicious.

A chef preparing brochettes with organ meat.


  1. Gina the Pretty Pink PrincessJuly 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    If we are going to get married, you can't eat little happy goats..

    That is all.

  2. Hi Ian -- I was a volunteer in Burundi back in the 1980s, and I remember the brochettes there with fondness. Thanks for your post and accompanying photo!