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Unread 01-27-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Smoked Cow Tongue - Any Experience?

I swear I'm not doing this just to get a rise out of the brethren. I've brought this up in a few of my replies-to-threads, but never gotten a good answer. So I'm starting a new thread to catch the eye of the Q-talk surfers.

I live in an area with a lot of Hispanic culture. I love it, don't get me wrong. We have some very authentic restaurants (taco vans) in this area, a few years ago I decided to try some lengua tacos (beef tongue). I tell you what, it was some of the most tender meat I have ever had! I order it almost every time now. And if it's not on the menu, I usually request it, and each restaurant has had it. They just don't like to put it on the menu, because it can scare off us pale-skinned customers.

Maybe I'll be the first to do it here on the forum. If I can gather the courage to buy a whole tongue at the store, I'll submit some pron for your viewing pleasure.
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I'd try a lick at it!
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I've seriosly been wanting to give it a try. But man when I see that whole foot long tounge staring up at me, I get creeped out. Soon, I will just have to get past that and try it. I would appreciate some good prep suggestions.
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It ain't pretty...



After Boiling it's like skinning an alligator...



But it gets better, kinda of...

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Man - ur right, that doesn't make it any easier to eat. Do you have to boil it? Is boiling the only reason it's tender? Man, I think would cut the tip off so it looks like a roast, and not a...... tongue.
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Lots of good info here. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ghlight=lengua

Not only is there some good info on lengua but it is one farking funny thread.
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You can search the Internet for days trying to find out about BBQ Tongue. I used thirdeye's method.

http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogs...ed-tongue.html
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thanks neil - you da man!
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Lengua is delicious and very tender when done right. I have never actually grilled, or smoked one though. Usually it is boiled. When preparing the lengua you're going to want to rinse in water and also use the dull back side of a knife to scrap the lengua. Some weird stuff is going to be scrapped off , so be prepared. Also squeeze the back thick part of the lengua (sometimes blood squirts out).

How do you know the lengua is done? You take a knife and and take a stab at it. If the knife goes in like butter then it's ready....
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tell ya what--tongue doesn't look much worse than beef cheeks!
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As a kid I used to love lengua but I didn't know what it was. Then when I was old enough to know I didn't eat it for years because it was "gross". Then my mom snuck some in on me one time and I loved it. I'm over it now, I loves me some lengua.

We boil with herbs and spices sometimes with a jalapeno tossed in the water. After it's cooked we cube it and serve with corn tortillas, onion, cilantro and salsa. Make sure to remove the outer skin, I know a guy that didn't do that and well I'll just say he didn't enjoy his dinner very much.

Also, after it's cooked and cubed we sometimes fry in a skillet with onions until browned. Bon Appetite!
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can't SAY that I have any experience to SPEAK of with cow tongue.
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If you think about it..........as you are eating it............does that count as French Kissing a cow? I mean, the cow's tongue IS in your mouth!
Kidding aside, it's great stuff. Always boiled it cause it's so dang tough. Once sliced, you can grill or brown in a CI skillet with a touch of oil for color and texture.
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When i was kid my great grandfather from Germany, Rudolph Johan Schuster, used to cook Beef Tonuge in a little counter top chicken rotiss, no clue how he preped it, but i know her used to stuff around the center with garlic and some spices and cook it forever then slice it like and serve it like a hamburger, he also used to pickle it and make Bloodwurst with it. Black Puddin any one?
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My Mom used to make Beef tongue when I was a kid. I alway love it.

Mrs Mafia used to buy it from a Basque Rest. in Calif. I think it was pickled.
I know she really like it.
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