As a Kansas City native, I was raised on burnt ends. I love ‘em all the way up to the clear blue sky! However, I’ve often found that the burnt ends I get from one point aren’t enough for me to share with guests and still get some myself. Plus, there’s the issue of having to cook a whole packer every time I want some. I started wondering if I could replicate burnt end flavors/textures with another cut of beef… A couple weeks ago, I was enjoying lunch at one of my favorite authentic taquerias and a thought occurred to me, “Why not tongue?” I’d previously eaten beef tongue in three forms:
- The kind that looks/tastes exactly like corned beef. My parents always had this around when I was a kid.
- The kind that you make into lengua tacos (such as the ones I was eating at that moment)
- The kind you can turn into a delicious pot roast-like dish.
I decided it was time to add a #4 to the list. So, I procured a calf’s tongue at a local farmer’s market along with a beast of a tongue from good old Walmart. In my opinion, the biggest challenge to cooking/serving cow tongue is not the fact that it’s one tough muscle, it’s getting over the “yuck” factor of messing with a tongue! My kids, however, thought it was awesome.
Without further ado, I give you my take on faux burnt ends, I'm calling 'em "Cow Kisses"
Step 1: Slice up an onion and throw it in the bottom of your crockpot. Add as much/little garlic as you like. A shallot might be tasty here too, but I didn’t have one handy.