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05/28/13

Wild Kingdom
How to Grill Up Snake, Antelope and Ostrich

It’s okay if things got a little weird this past weekend. That’s what summer is for. Let’s run with that for the next three months. Here are a few carnivorous options that lean to the exotic and the zoological. They may or may not taste like chicken.

UD - Alligator, in Sausage Form

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 1

Alligator, in Sausage Form

For starters, you may just want to keep things simple: let some other guys stuff sausages up with alligator, foie gras and rattlesnake, while you just apply fire. Give Fatshorty’s, Arlington’s new sausage-and-beer hall, a couple days’ notice, and they’ll prep a couple dozen uncooked links for you.
411:
Fatshorty’s Sausage Grill, 3035 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, 703-243-5660, see the menu
UD - Where the Boar and the Antelope Play

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 2

Where the Boar and the Antelope Play

Yes, you could book a sporting safari in Africa, then worry about getting your trophies through customs. Or you could just hit Society Fair, where they can get you free-range antelope and wild boar from ranches in the Texas Hill Country. No surprise that Texas is involved in this.
411:
Society Fair, 277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA, 703-683-3247
UD - Snakes. It Had to Be Snakes.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 3

Snakes. It Had to Be Snakes.

Admit it: there’s an extra measure of satisfaction in grilling something that could have killed you. At this new meat emporium up by American University, you can special order all kinds of exotic meats, including python loin. We assume it’s right next to the python ribeye.
411:
Wagshal’s on New Mexico, 3201 New Mexico Ave NW, 202-363-0884
UD - Grilling the World’s Largest Bird

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 4

Grilling the World’s Largest Bird

It’s a bird. With red meat. You’re intrigued. So call up this Del Ray purveyor of meats familiar and unfamiliar and ask him to order you a few cuts of ostrich. Then figure out how to cook it. Step one: take your head out of the sand.
411:
Let’s Meat on the Avenue, 2403 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, 703-836-6328
UD - A Whole Pig. Good Luck.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 5

A Whole Pig. Good Luck.

Time for graduate-level work in meat and fire. Like with a whole pig, and either a spit or a really big grill. This longtime butcher at Eastern Market will set you up with a whole suckling pig, or a grown-up version. Your diploma’s in the mail.
411:
Canales Quality Meats at Eastern Market, 225 7th St SE, 202-547-0542
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