After going without a four-legged mayor for several years, the unincorporated community of Lajitas has a new goat at the helm. Clay Moore Henry was elected earlier this month to lead the Brewster County desert town on the western edge of Big Bend National Park. He’s a direct descendent of the town’s first and famously beer-drinking goat mayor, Clay Henry.
Kiko Guerra has been honing his cabrito-cooking technique for about 20 years. He learned his method as a boy, when he would watch the cowboys who barbecued cabrito on his family’s ranch. Kiko says it takes observation and practice to learn how to cook cabrito correctly and to avoid under- or over-cooking the meat, especially given the inconsistencies of cooking with mesquite coals, the weather, and varying sizes of kid goats. In South Texas, one common place to get kid goats is at flea markets, where farmers will sell them either live or slaughtered.