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Old 10-30-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Crispy Pulled Beef Tacos: A New Take on Fast Food

The Taco Bell Crunchy Beef Taco. You know the type: Prefab tortilla shell, mystery meat, wilted lettuce, and of course, topped with waxy cheese. Don't forget the hot sauce packets!

In my desire to elevate this lowly food item to greater heights, I decided to re-engineer the fast food taco from the ground up. First, I started with a nice piece of USDA Choice chuck:

I then seasoned the chuck with Rub Company Santa Maria seasoning:

While the meat was coming up to room temp, I fired up the drum. When the coals were ready, I added 3 pieces of oak:

Then put the meat on:

About two hours later:

After another two hours, this chuck is almost done!

I didn't check the temp at all, but relied on "feel" to determine when the meat was ready. After pulling at one of the ends, and seeing the meat could be easily pulled apart, I knew it was done. After I took the chuck off the drum, I wrapped in foil to rest for about 45 mins.

Meanwhile, time to make fresh salsa. Gotta have fresh salsa with crispy pulled beef tacos!

I assembled fresh roma tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno:

I added them to the food processor, and added ground pepper, salt, some pickled jalapeno, and about 1/8 cup of the jalapeno juice:

Then blended to till finely chopped:

I then poured the salsa into a bowl to allow the flavors to meld:

Next up were the chips. The Missus took care of the tortilla prep related activities for this project since she's so good at that kind of thing:

Time to fry up the taco shells:

Now it was time to pull the beef. It pulled apart easily, and was very juicy:

I then added the pulled beef to a skillet, added some water, then some chili powder:

When the meat had absorbed the chili goodness, I tuned the heat off. Time to make tacos!

I stuffed each shell with a generous portion of meat, then added shredded iceberg lettuce and Colby Jack cheese. I packed up 3 of them for a hungry neighbor:

By this time, I was famished! Time to eat!

The tacos were delicious!

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Old 10-30-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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Good lookin' grub there Moose I definitely need some of that.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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Yikes! Very nice. I could go for a few of those.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #4
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That looks absolutely fantastic Moose... I wish I had one right now!!!

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That looks soooo good...
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That really looks good. I'll take an order. Do you have a drive-thru?
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:23 PM   #8
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:29 PM   #9
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Looks absolutly delicsous, and great pics as well.
Your rendition of Tex-Mex, will have to call it Moose-Mex.
Very nicely done. I love homemade tacos. Try lightly frying up some flour totillas sometime for taco shells. Nice change.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:35 PM   #10
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Man that looks good!
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Seriously though, those are some ABSOLUTELY ROCKING tacos and fantastic photography. You have inspired me!
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ZOMG! That looks spectacular
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Great job on the grub, love that you made everything from salsa to taco shells
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I love me some tacos! Those look great!
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