Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa Recipe -
Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa Recipe
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Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa

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"This tender, slow-cooked beef tastes great on burritos and tacos. My family of 8 goes nuts over it, and 5 lbs. of this meat isn't enough to satisfy them. It takes a long time to prepare, but the wait is worth the effort."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Prepare a smoker with dampened hickory wood charcoal. The heat inside your grill or smoker should be around 180 to 200 degrees F (80 to 95 degrees C). Combine the black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and seasoned salt in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Place the chuck roast into a mixing bowl, and rub all over with the spice mixture. Place the meat into the smoker, and smoke for 1 1/2 hours, turning about every half hour. The meat should be a dark red color, and the edges should be darkened. Place the meat into a roasting pan, and seal tightly with aluminum foil.
  3. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Bake the barbacoa in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours until very tender. Uncover the beef, and shred with two forks while still hot.
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Jun 27, 2011

The rub for this was excellent, though I felt that it needed a bit more salt. I don't tend to salt my food at the table, and prefer things less salty, but this could use about another 1/2 tsp. I decided to slice my meat instead of shred, and that made it better for burritos. Next time I'll add more salt, and more cayenne to give it a bit more bite.

Jul 18, 2013

Use chipotle peppers instead of the cayenne - much more favorable. Also why in heavens name use boneless meat. The bone adds so much more flavor.


3 Ratings

May 04, 2014

Absolutely delicious, only thing I changed was I completely left out the salt. Works great for pulled pork sandwiches too.


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  • Calories
  • 175 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 12.7 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 13.5 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 307 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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