On Line Cookbook

Barbacoa Beef

Recipe Information
Tender shredded beef slow cooked in flavorful and spicy sauce


Serves/Makes:4 or more

  • 3 lbs (1.4 kg). beef cheek (or any beef roast)
  • course salt and pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 2 quarts (1900 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 quarts (1900 ml) vinegar
  • 6 lemons, juice only
  • 6 onions, chopped
  • small bottle of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 bottle of A-1 steak sauce
  • 2 14 oz (392 grm). bottles of ketchup
  • 1/2 lb (.2 kg). butter melted
  • Sauce:
  • Combine all sauce ingredients except for ketchup and butter to create initial sauce.
  • Baste meat with sauce every fifteen minutes until about one hour before serving.
  • Meat:
  • Season beef with plenty of salt and pepper and allow to sit for one hour prior to cooking.
  • After meat has set, place over hot coals and grill or roast in oven for about four hours or until very tender, basting frequently with sauce.
  • One hour before serving, add ketchup and butter to remaining sauce mix and continue to baste meat every fifteen minutes until ready to serve.
  • Serve with condiments of choice.
Traditionally done in hot pit over coals with mesquite.