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Mexican Night, Cachete, Pollo, Arroz Negro, Frijoles Negro Charro and More

Discussion in 'Beef' started by chilerelleno, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Another big Mexican feast night is in the works at the Relleno house.
    I've been keeping it flowing smoothly all day between the smoker, kitchen and couch, can't let it become too much like... :eek: work.

    As usual a great day needs a great breakfast, and sticking with my Mexican menu I brough a little Tex-Mex to the table with some Migas.
    Eggs, Bacon, Onion, Bell Pepper, Jalapeno, Cheese and Chips.
    All fried up together for a deliciously crunchy and spicy breakfast.
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    Anyways, lets crack this bone open and get to the marrow.
    Menu
    Fuma/Estofado Cachete de Res / Smoked/Braised Beef Cheeks
    Pollo Adobado a la Brasa / Marinated/Grilled Chicken
    Arroz Negro / Black Rice
    Frijoles Negro Charro / Cowboy Black Beans
    Pico de gallo, Guacamole y Totopos / Fresh Salsa, Guacamole and Chips
    Guarniciones / Garnishes
    Mango Fresco / Fresh Mango


    Fuma/Estofado Cachete de Res / Smoked/Braised Beef Cheeks
    For smoking buy 2-3 times as much as you want to end up with after trimming.
    You're going to end up with half or less of what you start with.
    I bought four packages totaling 10lbs and ended up with 4.5lbs after trimming.
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    This time I marinated overnight and then into the smoker over mesquite.
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    Gave them about 2.5 hours of smoke before pulling them.
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    Then I added approx 3/4C of beef broth, a can of Rotel and some chopped onion, then wrapped it up tight in foil and back into the smoker for 3 more hours.
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    Let me show you how tender these are




    Pollo Adobado a la Brasa / Marinated/Grilled Chicken
    Chicken thighs marinated in a thick combination of red enchilada sauce and spices.
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    Then cooked on the grill to in IT of 185° and crisp skin, perfect for eating whole or shredding into tacos.
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    Arroz Negro / Black Rice
    Take the liquid from the beans and use it to cook your rice, that's really all there is to it.

    1lb rice
    1 C chopped onion
    1C chopped bell pepper
    1 heaping tablespoon garlic, minced
    4C Black Bean liquid
    1/2 C oil, bacon grease is my favorite for added flavor
    Salt, and other spices, I like cayenne and cumin


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    In a large stock pot add oil, bring to high heat
    Add rice and saute till opaque and golden
    Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and continue to saute till the onion softens a little
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    Add Black Bean liquid and spices, stir well
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    Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, simmer covered for 25-30 minutes
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    Frijoles Negro Charro / Cowboy Black Beans
    Black Beans stewed with smoked pork, roasted veggies and spices.

    1lb of Pintos, soak overnight
    1/4C bacon grease, lard or EVOO
    Approx 4C chicken broth and enough water to cover beans by an inch or two.
    1 large onion, quartered
    1-2 large Roma tomato
    1 large Jalapeno chile
    1-2 Bell peppers chopped
    3-5 garlic cloves
    2T salt
    1T paprika
    1-1/2T each Guajillo, Ancho and Arbol chile powders
    1t each granulated onion and garlic
    1t cumin

    Prep 1lb of black beans, add enough chicken stock to just cover, then enough water to bring it a few inches over.
    Add diced pork, bacon, jowls, hocks, salt pork or whatever you prefer.
    Spice to taste, bring to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a fast simmer for several hours and the beans are tender.
    Add back the veggies and check seasonings.
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    Roast some onion, bell peppers, Jalapeno, tomatoes and garlic.
    Then chop it all up and set aside till the beans are almost done before adding back.
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    Pico de gallo, Guacamole y Totopos / Fresh Salsa, Guacamole and Chips
    Homemade Pico de Gallo and Guacamole with Chips
    Mild and HOT Pico, I need some fire in my furnace. ;)
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    Guarniciones / Garnishes
    All the standard items, lime wedges, minced chiles, onions, cilantro and fresh salsas.
    And a crumbled wheel of queso fresco, yum!
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    Mango Fresco / Fresh Mango
    Fresh sliced mango, so juicy and delicious as it is.
    I'm not even going to grill or glaze it.
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    The Money Shots

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    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Your killing me with all this good food coming out of your house!
    This one is just fantastic!!
    Congrats on making the carousel AGAIN!!
    Al
     
  3. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

    Great looking meal John, and congratulations on the carousel ride.

    Point for sure.

    Chris
     
  4. markh024

    markh024 Meat Mopper

    I'd pay good money to eat at your house! looks fantastic!
     
  5. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Wow! Great job! Everything looks awesome!
     
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks very good. Never had beef cheek (that I know of). May try it.
     
  7. js0813

    js0813 Fire Starter

    Looks A-Friggin-Mazing!
     
  8. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Al, for the compliments, Like and the honor of being double featured]/i] on the Carousel.
     
  9. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Appreciate it Chris.
    Don't know if I'd let you pay, but a 6pack of IBC Rootbeer goes a long ways.
    Thanks Mark.
     
  10. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Justin
    Try it out sometime, cooked right it is the most incredibly tender beef.
    Danged near melts in your mouth because of it's insane fat content.
    Appreciate it.
     
  11. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Leftovers

    Breakfast
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    Lunch

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  12. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit

    The bar keeps moving ever higher.Wonderful man!
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  13. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    LOL... Ya kill me MC.
    Thanks man, appreciate it all, especially the laugh.
    Had to show how tender these beauties are, still pics weren't cutting it.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018
  14. Xendau

    Xendau Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

  15. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Gracias senor Xendau.
     
  16. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks great. Wonderful presentation! But my favorite has to be the chicken thighs...you cooked those to perfection. Excellent work sir!
     
  17. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you HD, very kind in your assessment of the yardbird and the rest.
    A lot of chicken thighs cross my grill, they're my kid's favorites and get done with love.
     
  18. Troy1436

    Troy1436 Newbie

    Mesquite smoked beef cheeks for tacos is the best. 5 people tried my tacos they love them. I've made it after I saw Chili's recipes. It's very easy everybody should try it. And his rice is awesome even though I modify it I substitute bell pepper for Hatch Chiles + Mexican Rotel. If you like Jamaican oxtail you can substitute oxtail for beef cheeks. And I'll add when preparing beef cheeks don't worry hundred percent about all the crap on it after it cooked the meat will fall right off all that crap. I'm glad Chili's not my neighbor I'll be knocking on his door 5 hours after I smell smoke.
     
  19. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I had to watch that video a few times over... that is unreal Chile. 3:15 AM and I'm wondering if I can find beef cheeks at Walmart...
     
  20. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    CR, Awesome ! You need to open a restaurant ! likes