Have been wanting barbacoa for quite some time. I like (not love) chipotle's and have been wanting a way to make a version at home. Well, I am happy to report I think I found a way.
Cut of meat:
I decided to try short ribs with the bone in. I went with short ribs because my wife & I have had such great experience with braising these. So I picked up 3 bone in short ribs from my local butcher shop with them separated. I didn't take a picture pre because I didn't season them with anything. I decided that I was going to braise them on the egg with a barbacoa recipe that I found.
I made the paste as directed, covered the ribs with them & then added the beef broth & bay leaves. Making sure the ribs were thoroughly covered with the paste. I had my egg pre-heated to right around 310 F, with ps (legs up) & the grate on top. Covered the roasting pan (containing ribs) with foil and on they went. 4 hours right at about 310 F, fast forward to 6:40 pm, took the roasting pan & short ribs off, and raised the temp on the grill to 400 F, finished the ribs with 10 min/side. Although this was pretty tough to keep the ribs in one piece. Already falling off the bone at this point.
I removed the ribs from the braising liquid, poured into a soup pot & reduced the braising liquid to more of a sauce (see pictures) while the ribs were finishing on the egg. After 20 minutes, I pulled the ribs, started pulling the meat & poured the reduced braising liquid over the meat. The result is below. Was definitely spicier than I was expecting but all around delicious. Honestly, I liked it better than Chipotle's barbacoa. I'm hoping to get some actual beef cheeks this fall and going to try that. Here are the pictures, enjoy & thanks for the look!
After 4 hour braise:
After grilling 10 min/side
Pulled meat in sauce:
On my flour tortilla: