by Nick Jones


barbacoa tacos

Barbacoa Tacos

"Living in Texas means access to great barbacoa tacos every Saturday for my family. My wife introduced me to smoked beef cheeks years ago in a "hole in the wall" mexican restaurant in our hometown. I got to know the owners well and they shared their secrets with me.

I want to incorporate smoke into all of my dishes, so I decided I would smoked the beef cheeks before the traditional braise. Fortunately it doesn't take long for these cheeks in the smoker. Also, the braising element gives you a lot of flexibility. While the braise should only take 4-5 hours, you can "hold" this meat in the hot liquid for hours until you are ready to eat."