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LMAJ 01-08-2011 05:57 PM

First (but not last) Tamales
I smoked a pork shoulder last week, and Big Al smoked a chicken on Monday while he was off and I have been wanting to try my hand at Tamales... so I did!

I gathered the ingredients.
Yes... lard... I can feel my I type...
This is the recipe I used -

I simmered the chicken in a green chili sauce

And the pork in a red chili sauce

I watched this video to see how to actually put them together
Then I watched this one

With that informaiton under my belt sallied forth to make the tamales.
I mixed up the dough - had to do it by hand since I couldn't find my mixer...
Then started putting the tamales together. I think I did OK.

Into the steamer basket...

One magical hour later...

They were pretty tasty. Big Al said they were better then the ones we get at our local mexican place. I will be making them again. I next time I think I will put more spices in the masa besides salt.

Bride of Roo(BQ'n) 01-08-2011 06:01 PM

Nice....Which were better the green or the red?

Three porks 01-08-2011 06:03 PM

WOW great job! I gotta try that really soon.

Ron_L 01-08-2011 06:05 PM

Those look great, L-M! i was going to make tamales while I was off over the holidays and never did it :rolleyes:

Buster Dog BBQ 01-08-2011 06:06 PM

Nice first effort.

Dallasbbqcaterting 01-08-2011 06:07 PM

wow those look soo good, I love a good tamale. hard to find very good ones, even in texas!

Brad bbq dallas

Kevin 01-08-2011 06:08 PM

Tamales are a beautiful thing and it looks like you hit it. Those look perfect. :-D

landarc 01-08-2011 06:19 PM

You nailed them from the looks of it. Very nice from a tamale journeyman.

LMAJ 01-08-2011 06:43 PM

Thanks guys.
Char - I think I like the chicken better - Al likes the pork better. Both are winners though.

JS-TX 01-08-2011 08:46 PM

Good job, tamales are a lot of work but you nailed it.

Big George's BBQ 01-08-2011 10:16 PM

Very nice Lynn. I would hit them

ytsejam 01-09-2011 06:59 AM

Good job! tamales are like sex, even when they are bad, they are still pretty good. I have never had a tamale i didn't like.

next time instead of the lard, go to a mexican market and get a tub of Manteca de peurco.
It will add so much more flavor!

ytsejam 01-09-2011 07:04 AM


Originally Posted by Dallasbbqcaterting (Post 1506420)
wow those look soo good, I love a good tamale. hard to find very good ones, even in texas!

Brad bbq dallas

I like to think i have a pretty awesome recipe down.
Next time i make some, i can get you a sample. Maybe we can make figure out how to mix them into your catering business.

Mister Bob 01-09-2011 07:15 AM

Those are some great looking tamales! Nice job, you've inspired me to give it a try, thanks!

Mitch 01-09-2011 07:44 AM

Wow! That looks awesome!

I'm REAL picky about tamales. A friend's Mom and her sisters, aunts, cousins, etc. all get together before Chistmas and make big batches of tamales for the holidays. They are so good I seldom try others because I'm always disappointed.

Mrs. Conteras makes my whole year when I get a dozen green chicken and a dozen sweet dessert tamales for Christmas.

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