Cabeza Tacos

Discussion in 'Nose to Tail' started by dingo007, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    With winter approaching.....beef cheek is popping up cheap....i've braised it plenty, but never smoked it. So my plan is to marinade some cheek overnight, toss in the MES30 for a couple of hours over smoke, then braise it till tender.

    Kicking off the marinade.....

    trimmed the cheek down ready for marinading...

    Pellicle time...

    At this stage, a mate from Australia randomly turned up and forced me to partake in cold beverages. So photo's became a little hard to come by.....However I did get a pic of the final product...not plated...but close enough....

    So it ended up being 3hrs in smoke.....then into my CI skillet, foiled with red wine, garlic, beef stock and italian herbs for 6 more hours. It was amazingly tender...pulled with a spoon. I served it on tortillas with fresh onion and cilantro and a dash of siracha..The smoking made all the difference... it was the best Taco i've ever had.

    Thanks for looking.

    Dingo out
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like cheeks..... I'm gonna have to try that...... Thumbs Up
  3. gravey

    gravey Smoke Blower

    Nice! I've done braised pork cheeks - as well as stir fried. I'll have to try out the beef product. Isn't that the brand that Wally World carries?
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice smoke!
  5. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    It worked out great Dave...only one more step than braising...but infinitely better flavor wise! Did it all in the MES
    Yep Gravey...straight from Wally World. I love having a strong Hispanic population down these parts....makes for some great eating!
    Thanks Dirt!
  6. gravey

    gravey Smoke Blower

     I totally agree. I enjoy the selection that we have in our area. My family/friends don't get it, but I enjoy my lengua and cabeza tacos. In fact, I have two packages of local tongue in the freeze waiting for when I'm up on my feet again. All the spices and uses for them, and the fact that most offerings are inexpensive don't hurt, either.
  7. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

     Lengua is my favorite taco of all time....unfortunately the price of tongue ($25+ per tongue round here) has stopped most of the local tacorias and me from making them! Hopefully the Japanese will get over it and the prices will come back down.
  8. gravey

    gravey Smoke Blower

    Ouch! That's crazy! I can get lengua for $2-3/tongue when I hit the local market shop we have. I think I bought 3 lbs of beef tallow, 2 trimmed beef hearts and tongues for a total of $20. I think he was just glad I was taking off with the product no one wants. Oh well! My gain!

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