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First try at Barbacoa

Thomas The Tank

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Was able to find some beef cheek at a Sam’s nearby. Trimmed last night and used rec teq Ben heifers dust.
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Put in the RT 340 on lo for an hour or so, then bumped up to 250 until they got a good bark maybe 165-170 IT?
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Put them in a pan with 2 cans Campbell’s beef consume, chopped onion, garlic, and a little bit of jalapeño.
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Turned up to 275 and flipped them after 2 hrs.
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Let it ride another hour or so and covered with foil for maybe another 45mi or so. Probed tender and let it get away a bit cause it was at 210 IT. Rested in the counter a bit and pulled by hand back in the pan with juice.
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Overall they were great! A bit on the super smoky side for me. (used LJ mesquite blend pellets) Next time I will cover with foil sooner, or right away, or use a lighter wood.
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Thanks for looking!
 

JLeonard

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Looks really good. Like Civil said, I think I could eat the whole pan by myself.
Jim
 

AllenRR

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Was able to find some beef cheek at a Sam’s nearby. Trimmed last night and used rec teq Ben heifers dust. View attachment 492116 Put in the RT 340 on lo for an hour or so, then bumped up to 250 until they got a good bark maybe 165-170 IT? View attachment 492113 Put them in a pan with 2 cans Campbell’s beef consume, chopped onion, garlic, and a little bit of jalapeño. View attachment 492114 View attachment 492115 Turned up to 275 and flipped them after 2 hrs. View attachment 492117
Let it ride another hour or so and covered with foil for maybe another 45mi or so. Probed tender and let it get away a bit cause it was at 210 IT. Rested in the counter a bit and pulled by hand back in the pan with juice. View attachment 492118 Overall they were great! A bit on the super smoky side for me. (used LJ mesquite blend pellets) Next time I will cover with foil sooner, or right away, or use a lighter wood.
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Thanks for looking!
That looks awesome! Last weekend, I made birria for tacos. Your barbacoa looks every bit as tasty. Nicely done.
 

chopsaw

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I have to agree . It looks fantastic . Nice work .
 

olecrosseyes

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Very nicely done! Why do I never see beef cheeks in the stores?
 

Thomas The Tank

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They are hard to find here in northwest Indiana. I placed an online pickup for them at 3 different Sam’s Clubs. 2 were cancelled because they didn’t have it and luckily one did. Guess that will be my strategy from now on instead of swing it is a subtle in club and driving there for nothing.
 

NoCoPK360

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I tried beef cheeks for the first time myself. I cooked them correctly as they were really tender my wife and daughter though almost had a mutiny they weren't fans. I used beer for the braising liquid which I didn't like. Don't know if they'll make the menu again at my house.
 

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