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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 6:58 am    Post subject: DO barbacoa test (final pics loaded) Reply with quote

In the general topics section I asked for some assistance with making barbacoa. As usual, the folks on the ring came through with ideas for me. Now, today, I have begun making my first test run of it!

Using the recipe that I was given by the future bride's mother (about the same as what SoEzzy posted), I went to the local Fiesta Food Mart, which is a KILLER store btw, and found 3.5 pounds of beef cheek meat and some cilantro. I also picked up some corn tortillas that were made this morning according to the sign above them.

The girl at the checkout register looked at me a bit funny and then quizzically asked my what I was making. When I told her barbacoa she REALLY looked at me funny! Shocked

The lady in line behind me asked how I was going to do it, she agreed that I should be fine and also said that using "an old iron pot" (my DO) would be perfect for it! That got me a bit pumped!

The recipe I was given was:
3 pounds cheek meat
2 large yellow onions
1 handful of freshly chopped garlic
Some ground cumin (she said enough to cover the "hole" in the palm of your hand)
1 shot of tequila
Saute the onions, garlic, and cumin with a little oil, and then put the meat in the pot and add water. After it comes to a boil pour in the tequila and let it "low boil" until the meat is falling apart.

Here are the onions in the pot with the garlic and some ground cumin.


All of it sauteing in the DO on top of the fish cooker. For a 6-8 hour cook I opted for propane instead of coals, yeah, it's a lazy Saturday!


The cheek meat before dumping in the pot


And finally all of it simmering


About 6 more hours and I'll tell you how it tastes! Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cranky I have a tongue in the stew pot right now,Tacos De Lengua plus a D.O Enchilada Pie.Low and slow..I also got pics..Looking good buddy..Cant wait to here how it went down.
It will be a hit..Dont forget come cumin..
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cranky Buzzard, That Is an awesome Looking feed you are cooking up there Very Happy
Looking forward to seeing that on a plate Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a few hours to go, but I am SO looking forward to the first taco!!!

Thanks for the well wishes folks, and yes, there is cumin in it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tasty lookin' D.O. cook Cranky Buzzard Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tasty lookin' D.O. cook Cranky Buzzard Very Happy

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Howdy BluzQue, All I need is a little of the music you listen to while I sit back and smell this cooking to be in heaven!

This stuff is smelling GREAT! I have been tempted to taste it a couple of times, but thus far I have resisted!

I'll get a pic of the boiled down results in a bit, and then get a pic of the final result shortly after it cools and I pick it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie, that looks like it is gonna be a fine meal right there my man Very Happy I look forward to seeing the finished pics Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27 09 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man oh man, you gonna have all of us a drollin. Wish we could transmit smell over the net. Might be some men folks hurtin. Can't wait to see the results. An idea came to me last night. I know your gonna save the stock and make some killer rice, aren't you?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the words of faith gents! I cooked this in the garage on the fish cooker and that place STILL smells great; of course I do still have something simmering out there!

charleso wrote:
Man oh man, you gonna have all of us a drollin. Wish we could transmit smell over the net. Might be some men folks hurtin. Can't wait to see the results. An idea came to me last night. I know your gonna save the stock and make some killer rice, aren't you?


Good old Texas boy like me is NOT gonna waste any kind of stock! Laughing

Since I had quite a bit of stock left over from the cooking of the meat I added 2 cups of rice and a BIG handful of some chopped ham we had. It's simmering right now. I'll serve some of it up along with a few tacos later.

Here is a picture of the meat right before I shredded it and removed as much of the fat and silver skin as I could. I started with almost 3.5 pounds of cheeks and ended up with just over 1.5 pounds of barbacoa. This is a labor intensive meal and this meat is BUTT UGLY when you pull it outa the pot! Shocked


I failed to take a pic of the "fruits of my labor" but will have a plated shot of some tacos and the rice dish here in a while after the wife gets hungry.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie, Man Oh Man Very Happy Now that right there is game on. I would love to go toe to toe with that pan and some soft corn torts Very Happy I will be waiting for the plated pics, and somehow I know you are fixing to make me hungry Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it all plated up and ready to eat.

The wife wasn't all that impressed with the meat when it was raw and in the cooking phase, but once again she came through for me and at least tried a bite of a taco; then she ate 3 of them! Shocked She said she was amazed at how they tasted!

So was I for that matter. The rice came out wonderful and I plan to save some of it for a fishing trip dad and I are going on this weekend.

Here is the rice while still in the DO. I will definitely do this again!


The plated tacos with all the trimmings


And a little close up shot of the tacos before I wiped them out! Laughing


Looks like I'll be doing this again REALLY SOON!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

whitey wrote:
Cranky I have a tongue in the stew pot right now,Tacos De Lengua plus a D.O Enchilada Pie.Low and slow..I also got pics..Looking good buddy..Cant wait to here how it went down.
It will be a hit..Dont forget come cumin..


How did the lengua turn out? I love that as well, but I guarantee the wife would NOT try it if she saw it first. Laughing I on the other hand would tear it up!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie, think we could arrange a swap Question Question Question I will email you a plate of roast, smashed taters, and corn if you will email me a few of them tacos Razz Razz Razz Well, it was a thought anyway, but I am afraid someone might find it on the internet and steal both plates Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation BTW, those tacos are crazy good looking. You with them and Whitey talking tongue has got me droolin, can't wait to see his pics.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually made some cow cheek last sunday. I read on a local blog that whole foods was carrying it so I went and got some. (They also had oxtail which I'm gonna braise in the DO sometime soon).

Anyway got two packages of the cheek.

I just made a basic green chile sauce with roasted tomatillas, serranos, garlic, some chicken broth, some onion, cilantro and s and p. I then used that as my braising liquid.

I must say they turned out fantastic. I made some avacado sauce to top the tacos and also made some beans from scratch. The cheek meat has a very distinct flavor and it is great.

With my beans when cooking them down I actually used some smocked ham hock in them. Added an interesting flavor to them. Had a good smokey flavor.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now That was worth Waiting for Charlie '' Awesome '' Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28 09 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting meal for sure i like it alot thanks for sharing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29 09 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cranky Buzzard
The Lengua turned out great had an Enchilada casarole,Taco De Lengua's beans and salsa..

There again wasnt any thing left for lunch Laughing Which is good..

Your meal turned out looking like it came right off the Taco Wagon..Nice job..

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29 09 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie, that meal turned out awesome Very Happy I know I am going to be trying this recipe very soon. Those tacos plated up are absolutely beautiful. Nicely done my man. Smile
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