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Beef Cheek Tacos...

Discussion in 'Grilling Tips' started by cowgirl, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Sorry for the picture quality... my camera isn't working so I used my phone.

    This was my supper the other night..
    Sweet angus beef cheeks on a warm tortilla with a cold beer.

    I simmered the beef cheeks in water with beef bouillon, onion, garlic and kosher salt..

    they were fall-apart tender...

    I shredded the meat, removing any fat...

    fired up my fancy cooker and started some onions, minced jalapenos and garlic...

    added some of the shredded cheek meat with a bit of the strained broth..

    heated some tortillas...

    this was one of those plateless meals.. grab a paper towel, a hot tortilla, fill with meat, sprinkle with sauce and eat. [​IMG]

    Served with some hula girl jalapeno sauce, cholula chili lime and a cold beer...

    I liked it a lot. :)

    Thanks for looking!

    If you've never tried cheek meat, it tastes a lot like the meat from a beef short rib. Very tender and good. :)

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  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Heck you can even take good pictures of great looking food with your phone. Now did you ever make one of those cameras in school with the cardboard box and some foil and a pin hole???? I bet you could take some really good pics with one of those to. Now the cheeks look fantastic with a simple goodness to. I really like the meals hat are just thrown together and piled up in to a tortilla......YummO for sure. 
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Cowgirl that looks good, We don't see a lot of cheek here in the NE, but sometimes Walmart has it. I'll give it a ry next time I see it. thanks for sharing the idea.

    Could ya share some info on the hula girl?

    Thanks, Dan
  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Darn Jeanie!

    I wish I'd have known you in 1970/1971, when I was in Texas for 7 months, but you probably weren't born yet!

    I could have been eating a lot better!

    I just ate & you made me hungry already![​IMG]

  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Darn that looks great, was that the right or left cheek? [​IMG]  Someone had to ask.
  6. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    As usual great qview Cowgirl!! Very nice.
  7. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW that is every good looking meal
  8. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm in love!!! I may have already professed that, but what the heck....

    Cowgirl, you are my kind-a girl!
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good jeanie!
  10. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    As always.... unique, high quality, mouth watering... Cowgirl... You're the tops!!
  11. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey Jeanie!

    I was like, "Beef Cheeks..., who the heck?... aahhh...Cowgirl... this is going to be good!".

    Love the carne dish ya got going on with those corn tortillas.  I've seen the turkey fryer/crab boiler/camp fire... is the wok new?  Where did you get that bad boy?

    As always - awesome post.  Thanks for continueing to inspire us all.
  12. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh yum Cowgirl! I've never had cheek, but funny you mentioned it taste like beef short ribs. Those are my favorite for making tacos with. But I will certainly try the cheek soon as I can find some! Thanks for sharing!
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2010
  13. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    darn Jeanie, at first i thought maybe you meant the "other beef cheeeks",  never even heard of beef cheeks before.... spose kinda like walleye cheeks eh....  anyway those look dang good and i like your cooker. hmmm wok on turkey fryer would work too i bet. nice as always!!! pics are still good even from your phone!!!  [​IMG]
  14. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    Those look great my grandfather used to talk about cheek meat. I saw some here in the freezer case have to try it

    Great q view!
  15. my only suggestion to improve would be a beer upgrade....everything else looks fabulous....love this time of year...octoberfests start coming out.....
  16. I've never scene (nor looked really) for beef cheeks.  Looks fabulous.  My favorite Mexican restaurant sell beef tongue tacos and they are incredible.
  17. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    You could have thrown a little Beef tongue in there

    "Tongue in Cheek Tacos"????  [​IMG]

  18. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks folks! It was a tasty meal...  I like any meal that doesn't involve plates. [​IMG][​IMG]
    lol I'll have to give that camera a try!  Thanks!!

    Dan, I got the Hula Girl Jalapeno sauce a the Jerky Emporium in Oklahoma City... but I see they don't have it on their online store..

    Here is another link that tells more about it..   http://www.hotsauceworld.com/hsw1166hg.html    I really like the stuff. Thanks!

    lol If you like to eat outside, sip on a cold beer while snacking...we'll get along fine. [​IMG]   lol Thanks!

     Tracey thanks!! I've had the wok for awhile.. Got it at an Academy Outdoor store in Okla City.  I have a discada.. but right now it has a leak in the bottom. I need to fix it.

    Bear... lolol!!  Good one.

    Thanks again everyone,  Cheek meat needs to be cooked low and slow for tenderness but it's definately worth the effort.
  19. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Looks like it was fun to cook. I would prolly have about 4 or 5 of those. Thumbs Up'd your post
  20. Don't let the secret get out.  Next thing you know, cheeks will be $11.99 a pound.   Great job, that looks awesome!