Texas Favorite......From Long Time Ago

Discussion in 'Beef' started by crewdawg52, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cousin did this along time ago. Said it's not bad.....[​IMG]

    Calf's Head

    Dig a hole 18 inches deep and wide enough to fit a calf's head, allowing for enough space for a good layer of coals. Build a big fire in hole and burn down to coals.

    When head is cut off slaughtered calf, leave enough skin to wrap or fold over neck opening. Wrap head in wet burlap sack. Put heavy wire securely around head--- strong enough to lift cooked head from hole.

    Shovel some coals out of hole, leaving a good layer on the bottom. Place head in hole. Shovel live coals all around head and on top, then a layer of ashes on the top, followed by a good layer of dirt so that it is completely sealed off and no air can get in.

    Cook 12 hrs. Remove from hole by wire. Remove sack and skin and it's ready to enjoy. All parts are there, cooked to perfection! [​IMG]

    (Still wont try it)
  2. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i ain't trying it either.
  3. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have an ex-girlfriend whose father used to cook up tons of meat every new year using that method. I never recall any animal, "heads" being thrown in though. The meat however was always delicious!
  4. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My cousin (Dr Metter) is weird.
  5. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Trust me, I ain't that hungry yet!
  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the heads-up! Let's say we did, but don't.
  7. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't think so....but, I'll bet a brisket, pork but, or roast would be delicious using that method.
  8. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I ain't eatin' anything that's lookin' back at me... no sirree! [​IMG]
  9. bilvo47

    bilvo47 Fire Starter

    I think I recall celebrity chef Rick Bayless saying that the word "barbacoa" originated in Mexico and it originally referred to roasting the head of a cow or bull in the same way. I'm told that some of the cheek meat can be very tender and tasty. I'd probably give it a try - I'm not so sure I'd have the stomach to prepare it though!
  10. I live in Texas, and this is pretty common with the Hispanic community. My buddy's parents are from Mexico and I have been over a couple of times for this.

    It is called barbacoa, and the cheek meat is great as tacos. Only problem is when you bite down on a tooth cause someone had a few too many beers and didn't get all the bones out.

    I have been told that the eyeballs are the best, but that is where they lost me!!!

  11. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You guys are a bunch of "NANCY'S"!!! Has anyone had chitlins? Does that not turn your stomach?

    Kids have 2 calves that I'd LOVE to cut the head off and cook!

    I'll bet anything it isn't as bad as it sounds.

    Eyelids are good on ritz crackers. [​IMG]

  12. low&slow

    low&slow Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I've never heard of it. Doesn't sound too good neither. I have some mezkin friends that cook pig in the ground similar to that method. Ive eatin some pretty weird stuff over there. Never any cow head though.
  13. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    My Grandpa _Mamas Dad) used to cook calves heads in a similar fashion. I was just about 4 when he past on but remember it well. I do recall the bumpy parts were excelent (brains I think) but I can imagine doing it myself at this point. Funny how wasteful we have become. The old folks used everything and we throw out a great deal.
  14. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Another reason I'm not from Texas[​IMG]
  15. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yes we have become a little wasteful these days...

    my parents still make headcheese the old fashioned way[​IMG] my brother loves the stuff and i still cant stomach it......now-a-days commercial headcheese is not even made from real heads anymore, something with the FDA and the heads...
  16. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can't say I wouldn't taste it ,cause I would .....BUT .... there's just too much out there just waitin to be cooked ,,,,brisket,shoulders ,prime-ribs ,tenderloin,,,and of course T-BONES [​IMG]
  17. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I with T-bone on this one ... I'm just not poor enough to go there .... however, I remember growing up after dad packed up and left, buying chicken wings 'cause they were cheap, then the rich folks found out how good they are and well ... you know ... the rest is history!
  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Yeah like briskets used to be the cheapest thing around now everyone buys them!
  19. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if ya didn't have to see it (or know what it was) i bet ya'd love a big plate of barbacoa. now steamed goat head... thats a different story....

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