041/18 – Mutton Barbacoa with Pea Mole:
Following on the Taco theme tonight was Mutton Barbacoa with Pea Mole – another recipe from the Breddos Tacos book
The book is £11.75 on Amazon at the moment:
The previous taco cooks from this book were:
2.5kg Mutton Shoulder from Turner and George – £25.
Mexican Oregano, Ancho Powder, Chile de Arbol and Chipotle Powder are not the easiest to find. If you want to make your own tortillas you will need Masa Harina also. I got everything from Cool Chile.
I made a marinade from cumin seeds, Mexican Oregano, Ancho Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Chile de Arbol, Chipotle Powder, Garlic, Maldon Sea Salt, Black Pepper and Rapeseed Oil. This was blitzed in a hand blender then rubbed all over the mutton which was placed in a tray then covered with cling film and left in the fridge for 36 hours.
On the day of the cook I put 2 bags of heat beads into the Weber Smokey Mountain, cleared a space in the centre and poured half a chimney of lit lumpwood in. This was left half an hour to settle then I put the smoker together and poured half a bucket of hot water into the water pan. Again, this was left for half an hour to settle around 250f. Once the temperature was steady at 250f I wrapped the mutton shoulder in banana leaves. Last time I used banana leaves it was hard to keep the folds in place, this time I used cocktail sticks to help!
The next step was to double wrap in tin foil and put it on the smoker. I did think about cooking it uncovered for a few hours before wrapping to add some smoke, to be honest I forgot as I was rushing to get ready for work!
After 10 hours at a steady 250f I took the tray off. It smelt incredible!
So much juice from the marinade and the meat, it was a deep, rich colour too. The shoulder blade bone was exposed when I took the banana leaves off, it pulled away with no effort. A quick prod of the meat showed it was really, really soft!
Minimal resistance as I pulled the meat apart, it was the softest meat I have shredded so far. Everything got mixed in with the juices in the tray.
Glorious! I had a sneak taste and it totally blew me away. A kick from the spicy marinade but such a rich flavour from the meat. Wrapping it in the banana leaf and foil had steamed the meat to make it tender but the rich taste must have come from the fat rendering and some bone marrow melting into the juices as well. With the stronger taste of mutton the combination was immense! Loved it!
Towards the end of the cook we made Pea Mole (the green one), Pico de Gallo (the red one) and Habanero Salsa (in the jug). Quite a lot of prep to make all of those, fairly time consuming!
Pea Mole: Peas, Sesame Seeds, Skinned Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Chilli Flakes, Salt, Pepper and Garlic.
Pico de Gallo: Tomatoes, Red Onions, Coriander, Jalapeno Chilli, Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Lime Juice and Rapeseed Oil.
Habanero Salsa: Habanero/Scotch Bonnet Chillies, Rapeseed Oil, Onion, Orange Zest, Lime Zest and Juice, Cider Vinegar, Mexican Oregano, Sugar, Water and Salt.
I didn’t have 10x Habanero’s so played Chilli Roulette out the freezer and picked 5 different looking Chillies. After 2 minutes of dry frying them I was coughing, choking, had tears in my eyes and my nose was running! Not sure what was in the pan but there was some real fire in the air!
I also made the tortillas myself. Masa Harina, water, salt and rapeseed oil then put into the taco press. A freezer bag cut into squares top and bottom helped as did putting the dough ball towards the back of the press before squeezing as the flattening process pushes it forward.
Time to Dish Up:
Tortilla, meat, pea mole, sour cream, pico de gallo, habanero salsa and chopped coriander.
View from above. Definite health and safety issue when I take these photos from above standing on a wobbly stool!
My tortillas aren’t a perfect shape but I was happy with them!
The Tacos were fully loaded 🙂
Cracking recipe from Breddos Tacos again, this one was probably my favourite so far. Not only was the meat incredible from the rich, deep flavours, the spice mix from the marinade and from being so tender but the fully loaded taco with the variety of flavours from all the parts was amazing. Totally loved it!
Another good dish to cook in the smoker if you have something else cooking, good use of space and could be a nice lunch whilst dinner is cooking!
|Cook Duration:||Quick: 2/5|
|Cook Equipment:||Weber Smokey Mountain|
|Cook Method:||Low and Slow|
|Cook time:||10 hours|
|Notes:||1: Smoke it uncovered to start before wrapping.
2: Wear a gas mask when dry frying unknown chillies!
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