How to Smoke Kangaroo Meat?

Kangaroo meat is a great alternative to beef. It has been shown that kangaroos have less fat, cholesterol, and calories than other meats, which makes them healthier options of protein. In addition to being healthy, smoking kangaroo meat will give your dish just the right amount of zest.

How to smoke kangaroo meat? Because kangaroo is low in fat, a low and slow smoking technique is used to make tough cuts of meat tender. You can either use techniques such as slow smoke poaching or smoking over low heat.

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How can we do the smoking and what to prepare? Let’s find out first about the nature of kangaroo meat. This blog post includes instructions on how to smoke kangaroo meat as well as tips and tricks on how to make this delicious dish even better.

What is a Kangaroo Meat?

What type of meat is kangaroo meat?

Kangaroo meat comes from the large marsupials that are native to Australia.

Kangaroo meat is the meat of any of six species (two genera) of large Australian marsupials. It is very lean and low in fat, similar to venison. Kangaroo meat has a very high concentration of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) when compared with other foods.

Types of kangaroo meat

There are two main types of kangaroo meat, the first being ‘wild’ which is harvested from wild animals and generally regarded as game. The second type is called “farmed kangaroo meat”, which is obtained from free-ranging or captive animals.

All the kangaroo on supermarket shelves is wild-caught, not industrially farmed.

What is Kangaroo meat’s nutritional value?

Kangaroo is lean meat. The meat contains lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than other meats like beef. Although it does not contain more protein than these meats, kangaroos are able to utilize the nutrients in their diet better by converting them into muscle instead of fat.

In addition, kangaroo meat is a good source of iron and is high in B vitamins as well as omega-three fatty acids. Omega-three fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain from arthritis or even asthma attacks. However, it does not contain any carbohydrates due to the animal’s diet.

Does kangaroo taste good?

Kangaroo is gamey meat, and many connoisseurs like it for its softness and flavor over lamb and steak. It has a stronger flavor than beef or lamb, but it isn’t as tough as venison can be.

Where to find kangaroo meat?

It can be found in most food stores that specialize in selling game meats. If you live near an Outback Steakhouse, then this would also be a great place for purchasing kangaroo meat along with other game meat.

How expensive is kangaroo meat?

Kangaroo meat in the past was quite expensive and it is often not widely available, but last year prices have come down. The largest kangaroo meat processor in Australia has slashed its wholesale prices by almost 20%, making this lean red meat more affordable to consumers.

How Do You Usually Eat Kangaroo Meat?

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How to Cook Kangaroo Meat?

The most common way of cooking kangaroo meat is in stews. But it can be cooked more deliciously by smoking the kangaroos. Smoking gives a hint of smoky flavor that perfectly complements the characteristically lean and tender meat. While you may choose to use either wood or charcoal when cooking, barbecue kangaroo meat is a bit more delicate, so wood chips are usually the best choice.

Can you eat kangaroo raw?

Kangaroo meat is harvested rather than farmed. This unusual meat should always be cooked thoroughly before eating and should never be consumed raw, according to the Australian Institute of Food Safety.

How do you make a kangaroo taste better?

Kangaroo meat, like other red meats, should not be overcooked to retain moisture and flavor. Garlic, rosemary, juniper, mountain pepper (or pepper), and fruity tastes such as plum, red currant, quandong, or orange complement kangaroo meat well.

How to Smoke Kangaroo Meat?

How to Smoke Kangaroo Meat?
BBQ Smoker. Credit: canva

It is hard to cook kangaroo meat well because it tends to dry out. So, what smoking and BBQ techniques are appropriate for kangaroo?

Kangaroo meat is very low in fat (almost non-fatty meat), which is less than 2%. This makes it healthy to eat. But you have to cook it carefully so that it does not get dry and becomes tough piece.

Fat contains a lot of moisture, which means that high-fat meats like beef can be cooked to well done without drying out.

Because of this, smoking is a low and slow technique that is used to make tough cuts of meat tender. It’s important to follow a few simple steps to retain the moisture in the meat.

Slow Smoke Poaching

The purpose of the slow smoke poaching of the meat is to release the trapped moisture and then hold it in the cellular structure so it is not lost.

  1. The first step the Kangaroo is slowly “Poached” in a smokey BBQ environment over a number of hours to release the internal moisture.
  2. When the meat is gently heated till it reaches an internal temperature of 63°C (144°F) then it is seared. The Kangaroo is then seared to provide the plate color and a crisp deep red grilled crust.

There is some science at work in this technique for cooking, to maximize the available moisture. Most of the moisture in the meat is trapped inside the tightly wound Protein structures inside the cells and this process releases that moisture to make the cooked Kangaroo luscious.

When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 41°C (106°F) the Proteins will begin to shrink or “Denature” forcing the moisture out into the cell. At 66°C (150°F) the heated moisture inside the cell expands to the point that the cell wall ruptures and the moisture can be lost.

Smoking over low heat

One of the best ways to cook kangaroo is by smoking it over low heat for an extended period of time. This will allow all that flavor and moisture from within the kangaroo’s body to come out into the smoked dish itself.

In order to smoke this delicious red meat, you will need:

  • A smoker or an oven that is set to low heat of around 80 degrees Celsius. 
  • Wood chips (hickory and applewood are terrific choices)
  • Two stainless steel BBQ grill in order to place the kangaroo meat on top of it while it cooks amongst the wood chips.
  • Two large pans filled with water.

Here are the steps:

  1. You will want to lightly salt the kangaroo meat so that it is ready for cooking.
  2. Once you have all of your equipment set up, including wood chips and water in large pans under each hot grill where the kangaroo will be placed while smoking, add some wood chips to your smoldering fire. This will give you that delicious smoked flavor for the kangaroo meat that you are looking for in this dish.
  3. After one hour of smoking, baste the piece of meat with a mix of honey and water or oil before placing it back into the smoker to smoke again.
  4. After an additional hour has passed, baste the meat a second time, but this time add some more honey and water or oil to it. This will give your kangaroo that delicious sweetness which you are looking for in this dish without making it too sweet.
  5. Once basted, allow the meat another 45 minutes of cooking before checking on its progress by inserting a knife into one of the pieces to see if it comes out clean.
  6. If the meat is not yet ready, then you will want to let it cook for up to another hour before checking on its progress again.
  7. Continue doing so until your kangaroo meat has reached that perfect level of tenderness and flavour which you are looking for in this dish without letting all of the moisture escape.
  8. Once ready, you can serve your kangaroo meat either hot or cold by itself or with a side of vegetables and potatoes. This delicious game meat will make for an excellent addition to any meal, especially if it is smoked like this.
How to Smoke Kangaroo Meat?
BBQ Smoker. Credit: canva

Remember that there are some precautions that need to be taken into consideration when dealing with kangaroo meat. Although it is lean and low in fat, when compared with other meats such as beef or pork, if not prepared properly you could end up with a very sick pet.

This means that kangaroo meat should either be fully cooked through to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before feeding it to your pets or simply avoid this type of red meat altogether.

Easy Smoke Kangaroo Recipe


  • 1 kangaroo loin
  • 2 pinches of lemon myrtle
  • 2 pinches of dried bush tomato kangaroo spice
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 pinches of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • veal, red wine, and port reduction (or similar, to use for a base for the sauce)
  • handful of blueberries
  • a handful of Australian blackberries
  • 1 tbsp pepper berries
  • ½ orange, rind grated
  • 2 pinches of thyme
  • 4 rosemary leaves
  • chips or sweet potatoes, to serve
  • coleslaw, to serve


Smoking time: 2 hours

  1. Preheat the smoker. Place the kangaroo on a rack and cover it with a lid for 2 hours to get it appropriately seasoned but not cooked.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine lemon myrtle, bush tomato, kangaroo spice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss the marinated smoked kangaroo in the mixing bowl to coat evenly with the marinade.
  3. Preheat the grill. Kangaroo should be cooked to medium-rare (10–12 minutes on high). Allow 5–6 minutes for resting.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the reduction, blueberries, blackberries, and pepper berries until combined.
  5. Add the zest of one orange, one tablespoon each of thyme and rosemary, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Stir to combine. Then strain it off.
  6. For a smoother sauce, blend the ingredients to make a puree. Sauté until simmering in a pan.
  7. Slice the kangaroo across the grain. Serve with chips and coleslaw, topped with tartar sauce.


Is kangaroo meat high in protein?

Kangaroo is lean red meat with less than 2% fat, making it an excellent alternative to beef. It’s also high in protein, B vitamins, minerals like zinc, iron, and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as essential fatty acids. Kangaroo has twice the iron content and triples that of chicken and pork compared to beef

Does kangaroo meat have worms?

According to a summary report on the study, kangaroo meat has a naturally high parasite burden – a single Western or Eastern Grey Kangaroo might be infested with up to 30,000 parasitic worms from up to 20 distinct nematode species.

Why is kangaroo meat illegal?

California banned the importation of kangaroo products because there are too few left in Australia.

Is kangaroo meat illegal?

Kangaroo meat was legal to eat in South Australia in 1980. In New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria the only way it could be sold was as pet food. But you can’t sell kangaroo meat everywhere now. It’s not always available. Kangaroo meat began being exported from Australia in 1959.

Does kangaroo meat have to be cooked through?

Kangaroo is easy to cook. The mince, sausages, burgers, and meatballs made from kangaroo must be cooked thoroughly, just like other mince/processed meat products.

What is the healthiest meat to smoke?

The best meats to smoke are fatty cuts like beef brisket, pork shoulder, and ribs. Smoking the meat can make it dry out if it does not have a high-fat content. But beef brisket and pork shoulder have high-fat content, so they keep the meat moist, tender and delicious.

See also: What Is the Best Way for Cooking Kangaroo Fillet Steaks?