Tacos de lengua

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  1. Dexter.Sinister

    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my local brewery. I like these folks and am trying to set up a brewing science/yeast genetics/biochemistry course in a collaboration between my sleepy subtropical uni and these guys.

    Anywho, for their birthday party, I thought I'd whip up Tacos de Lengua (beef tongue tacos). I procured a nice tongue from my local butcher, brined it for 18 hours using salt, raw sugar, garlic, chilies, bay laurel, whole peppercorn, etc, then braised it for 6 hours. After removing it from the hot braising liquid, I stripped back the skin and taste buds, cut off the tegument, trimmed the fat, and sliced it up. Tomorrow AM, I will chop a bunch of it, fry it in duck fat, and pack it up for the brewery. Once there, I will roll to order tacos on fresh soft corn tortillas with the Pikliz I showed you all in another thread (basically Haitian sauerkraut with scotch bonnet chilies and ginger root), salsa, avocado, and lime. Heck yeah!

    Sliced and ready to pack up:
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    Another view....yum!:
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    A shot with the discards in foreground:
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    The delicious braising liquid will be repurposed for another dish:
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  2. kkregsg

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    Back in the day, our grocery in CO stocked smoked tongue, and it was a huge treat when my Dad made it. Now I can get them uncooked from a store nearby in OR, and my son is demanding I do a couple so he can try it. Another family tradition to hand down. Very tasty!
     
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    Nice! Later... I need to go get a midnight snack now...
     
  4. CharAznable

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    I have a tongue in the freezer right now... gotta get on it.

    Tenderest cut you can get.
     
  5. Dexter.Sinister

    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I grew up on tongue sandwiches (and head cheese, veal cheeks, ox tail, kidney pie, braunschweiger, etc). Hard to find down here except in the delis (oy!) and in the taquerias. Dollar taco Wednesday, Amigos! With mariachis and Negro Modelo.

    Yep.

    But I likes mine mo betta...
     
  6. Roark

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    My wife wanted me to cook some tongue, but wow it's nearly the same price as a nice steak. Not as cheap as it used to be.
     
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    Sounds good, looks wonderful and I'm sure it tastes great! I'll still pass... ;)
     
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    Whats amatta? Don't want to taste anything that could taste you back?
     
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    My favorite bar is Basque, Bar Grenika, and they serve tongue every Sat I think. Amazing cut of beef.
     
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    Best there is.
     
  11. standard24

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    None for me thanks... I think I'll pass on the tongue, the liver, the pancreas...

    This is San Antonio, and the folks here will eat parts of animals that would make me retch! Eating chicken feet???? Pig's feet???? What do these feet wallow around in?

    I love to eat meat.... but I really don't want to know too much about how it got on my plate. (My Father in Law butchered his own goats/deer etc. I opted for the BBQ chicken.)
     
  12. Dexter.Sinister

    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    Frankee Wartime Consigliere

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    Those look fab.
    I'm making tacos de oreja today.
     
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    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice! Much love for lengua around here :)
     
  16. pnksntdead

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    Love lengua though my favorie is cabeza.. yum!
     
  17. slogger

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    I was served tacos de lengua once. I thought it was beef. They were delicious. Probably won't order them if I see them in a restaurant though.
     
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    You and your catty tongue in cheek comments. LOL
     
  19. GovernorSilver

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    I'm from So. Cal too and that's one type of taco we just don't get there.

    My first encounter with tacos de lengua was on the east coast. I actually like 'em...
     
  20. Zingeroo

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    I had to perform sea trials on a Mexican-flagged vessel. Go down to the galley and they had some of that stuff (I didn't know it was tongue. Just thought it was beef) fixed some tacos. Went back to seconds. So tender. THEN they told me what I was eating!
    That said, I loved it! Tenderest beef I've ever eaten.
     

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