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snook806 04-29-2012 02:39 AM

cow's head on a UDS.....
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I was shopping at my local H-E-B and as I passed by the meat section, I saw the fresh cow heads. The warden loves barbacoa (as she grew up eating barbacoa every Sunday) and she has been asking me to try and make the whole head but since I have never tried to cook one I have been hesitant until today. The head weighed 18 pounds and everything was still attached...and I mean EVERYTHING....the eye balls, brains, cheeks, and even the farking teeth are still there. I have eaten all the parts of the cow head and they are DELICIOUS with corn tortillas and homemade salsa but I have never cooked an entire head at once. Warden took pics while I seasoned it up with texasbbqrub and a little extra salt and pepper. I loaded the UDS with a 13lb bag of kingsford and connected the iQue set at 225. I wanted to put it on earlier but got called into work so it just went on at 2:00 am. Not sure how long I need to leave it on so any input would be greatly appreciated..I will post an update with pics later on in the day....:thumb::thumb:

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Phubar 04-29-2012 03:56 AM

Can't wait!

N8man 04-29-2012 04:49 AM

Looking forward to your progress!!!

lemur 04-29-2012 05:00 AM

I will be watchin....just about to put butt on my much $$$$ didja fork up? fun to freak out the neighbor kids even more than Ive done....hehehehe

thirdeye 04-29-2012 05:06 AM

Alright, I'm looking forward to the after photo's.

Usually a beef head is wrapped and cooked in the ground, but I've seen write-ups that used an oven or a big pit. Most folks used the foil hotel pans or an aluminum turkey roasting pan as support for the foil pouch. I saw one where they used a second hotel pan as the lid. Did you by chance take the tongue out?

I do know the ones cooked in the ground can go up to 24 hours or longer, so I would expect yours to take a good long while.... Looks like breakfast on Monday will be pretty good at your place.

lemur 04-29-2012 06:53 AM


Originally Posted by thirdeye (Post 2035127)
Did you by chance take the tongue out?

wondering that as im planning to cook one and most recipies say boil the chit out of it before smoking

Pappy 04-29-2012 06:55 AM

I don't know..........too much "city" in me..........I think I'll pass.
Can't wait to see the finished photos.

fnnm358 04-29-2012 07:04 AM

This is going tip be a good one
Can't wait for the end results
I'll take an eyeball and some brains please

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shell369 04-29-2012 07:29 AM

Wow, haven't seen this done yet except on tv. Looking forward to seeing the finished results and hear how it tastes. I am not sure if I would be brave enough to try it :)

chicagokp 04-29-2012 07:50 AM

Very interested in seeing after pics. Wow.

jestridge 04-29-2012 08:07 AM

I have ate hog head but never cow .

Dragonfly 04-29-2012 08:21 AM

That is going to be tasty! I'll take two tacos when done......

thirdeye 04-29-2012 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by lemur (Post 2035166)
wondering that as im planning to cook one and most recipies say boil the chit out of it before smoking

Yeah, cooking with the tongue in can cause an off flavor. Usually they cook the tongue in a separate foil pouch and mix the meat back in to the other meat when it's all done.

If you are just buying a tongue,... simmering it allows you to skin it easier. Then you can smoke it, braise it or whatever to finish it off.

coyotero 04-29-2012 09:43 AM

Con Madre Snook;

Will be following this thread from Mission, I've never done "barbacoa de cabeza" on my UDS, but have done it from chivo, probably 8-10 hs.



33Posse 04-29-2012 09:47 AM

You had my attention at head.

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