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Tonybel
03-24-2013, 11:17 AM
I'm doing my experiment cook. Beef tounge. We usually boil with a whole onion, salt, pepper. It takes about 3-4 hours and according to my wife its done until the tounge skin comes off very easy.. I'm going to do this in my smoker and treat it like a brisket. Except I'm not looking for a temp to finish.....here's my little tease. More pictures to follow later regardless of result...



http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj495/tonybel1/1364088839.jpg

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HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-24-2013, 11:21 AM
This is gonna be interesting. I've never tasted tongue.

cowgirl
03-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Sounds like a great experiment. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

el_matt
03-24-2013, 12:03 PM
I hope it turns out good, 'cause that's an ugly piece of meat:laugh:

Matt

Bbq Bubba
03-24-2013, 12:11 PM
I believe you'll have better luck boiling to remove skin and then smoking.
Anxious to see how this works for you. (guinea pig mod) ;)

Crazy Harry
03-24-2013, 12:22 PM
this should be good. the last time I cooked tong I used a pressure cooker, about 30 years ago

Tonybel
03-24-2013, 01:05 PM
I believe you'll have better luck boiling to remove skin and then smoking.
Anxious to see how this works for you. (guinea pig mod) ;)

I hope this works because its another item I can do outside. :)

Goyo626
03-24-2013, 02:14 PM
I think there are some old threads with pron of someone who smoked a tongue. I love eating tongue. I've only had it boiled and then I usually sautee it until some of the edges are crisp it is awesome. Good luck.

PigBeter
03-24-2013, 02:14 PM
Love me some lengua! I've never smoked it though! Good luck, looking forward to seeing the results!

wct
03-24-2013, 02:21 PM
Be sure to post pic's.

leanza
03-24-2013, 02:48 PM
I would love to try tongue :hand:..... sepin I cant get past what it looks like. Wow, $4.99lb.

HankB
03-24-2013, 02:52 PM
I agree with your wife. I did not smoke mine as long, however. I prefer a firm texture to my tongue. And it is a very lean meat. You'll have to let us know how that works.

To anyone who's enjoyed tongue - looks good!

(I like the Keurig B60 as well. :wink: )

frognot
03-24-2013, 03:17 PM
This is gonna be interesting. I've never tasted tongue.

Ditto mod. This is one of those threads i have no idea how or what you're going do there.

Just BS
03-24-2013, 05:18 PM
G'luck....Love me some tongue taco's.

Tonybel
03-24-2013, 05:21 PM
G'luck....Love me some tongue taco's.

Thanks.
2 hours into the cook. Looks good so far.

Tonybel
03-24-2013, 11:37 PM
It was a success!!! the beef tounge came out perfect!!! better than expected...

I seasoned with salt and pepper. Garlic and onion powder. Smoked with kingsford only running a temp of 250. It took 6 hours 22 min. internal finish temp was 212. I foiled at 160. Skin came off like butter. Here are some pictures and to be honest I will never boil tounge again. Thanks for looking.

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj495/tonybel1/1364179724.jpg

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj495/tonybel1/1364179726.jpg

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http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj495/tonybel1/1364179652.jpg

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http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj495/tonybel1/1364179749.jpg

landarc
03-24-2013, 11:40 PM
Beautiful, lengua tacos, the perfect use

caseydog
03-24-2013, 11:44 PM
Those tacos look very good. Can you describe the taste/texture for those of us who have never eaten beef tongue?

I'm just not sure I want to try this, yet. What makes this different, or worth trying than other beef meals?

CD

bigabyte
03-24-2013, 11:45 PM
That looks fantastic!:hungry::thumb::nod:

runnoft
03-25-2013, 12:53 AM
Germans do good tongue but i bail, on the texture

Goyo626
03-25-2013, 01:16 AM
Those tacos look very good. Can you describe the taste/texture for those of us who have never eaten beef tongue?

I'm just not sure I want to try this, yet. What makes this different, or worth trying than other beef meals?

CD
I have never tried a Q'ed tongue but I have had it countless times before. The most challenging thing imo about the dish is the way it looks. The meat itself is very tender. If cooked correctly then it almost melts in your mouth. This is the type of meat that when cooked correctly has a pleasant texture, but when cooked incorrectly it it a disaster (think tough leather boots). When cooked correctly it is very moist. People have described it as spongy but not in a bad way. As for taste, I have to say it tastes beefy:confused:. People who have it for the first time have described it as roast beefy. Ive never had roast beef so if I ever do I guess I will describe roast beef as tasting like tongue :biggrin1:. Its not a really strong taste it is quite delicate. If you live in a city with a high mexican population i would recommend going to a popular taco spot where there are good reviews on their tongue tacos and trying them.

Edit: @Tonybel how does this compare to the usual preparation (braised /sauteed)? Im really interested in trying it this way but only if it exceeds the standard preparation.

landarc
03-25-2013, 01:27 AM
We always ate it braised, and it has a beefy taste and a silken texture, meltingly tender. My mom served it sliced (thus, obviously tongue). The local taquerias around here serve it chopped, it just looks like chopped beef. I am very sensitive to texture, I find tongue/lengua to be fine

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 09:37 AM
Those tacos look very good. Can you describe the taste/texture for those of us who have never eaten beef tongue?

I'm just not sure I want to try this, yet. What makes this different, or worth trying than other beef meals?

CD

Goyo626 described it perfectly... Melt in your mouth.

It has a good beefy flavor and when you add salt and lemon and you favorite salsa it all works good together. In our culture this is served to toddlers and babies first solid food since its so tender.

DirtyChurro
03-25-2013, 10:47 AM
I'm not sure I want to go to there...

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 11:27 AM
I'm not sure I want to go to there...

I know its weird... But that's the way were raised. We also eat menudo( cow stomach) and tripas ( beef tripe)..:razz:

che22879
03-25-2013, 11:33 AM
Nice Lengua!

luke duke
03-25-2013, 11:42 AM
I seasoned with salt and pepper. Garlic and onion powder.

Does the seasoning penetrate the skin? Or is this a bit of a wasted step since the skin is peeled off and discarded?

plakers
03-25-2013, 11:49 AM
First of all, I love tongue tacos and it looks like you nailed it.

But $4.99/lb, really? That's real steak prices, sometimes, and tri-tip all the time if I buy in bulk.

Years ago I had some tongue thinly sliced from a deli and that was way better than the boiled stuff my mom tries to pass off as beef.

Phubar
03-25-2013, 12:05 PM
Nicely done!

landarc
03-25-2013, 12:09 PM
I have always peeled the tongue first, after a par boil. But, I was watching a Mexican guy who worked for my dad, he seasoned after chopping, then he gave it a hot toss on a plancha.

ssv3
03-25-2013, 02:35 PM
I know its weird... But that's the way were raised. We also eat menudo( cow stomach) and tripas ( beef tripe)..:razz:

Menudo is one of the tastiest foods I've had. Especially after a hangover.:biggrin1: Great job on the lengua. I'm definitely going to try it myself. I always opt out for the tongue meat whenever I come across it and I've had it prepared a ton of different ways. Some of the best meat around for sure if you ask me. :thumb:

Cayman1
03-25-2013, 02:46 PM
Smoking sure beats watching that ugly piece of meat boiling on the stove, but it is about the most tender beef you will ever eat. $4.99 a pound is a bit high around here. Most of the time I can get them free if I want to make the effort to contact some of the meat processing places. Lots of people that have a steer butchered don't want the tongue or the heart, another tasty part of the cow.

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 02:55 PM
I have never tried a Q'ed tongue but I have had it countless times before. The most challenging thing imo about the dish is the way it looks. The meat itself is very tender. If cooked correctly then it almost melts in your mouth. This is the type of meat that when cooked correctly has a pleasant texture, but when cooked incorrectly it it a disaster (think tough leather boots). When cooked correctly it is very moist. People have described it as spongy but not in a bad way. As for taste, I have to say it tastes beefy:confused:. People who have it for the first time have described it as roast beefy. Ive never had roast beef so if I ever do I guess I will describe roast beef as tasting like tongue :biggrin1:. Its not a really strong taste it is quite delicate. If you live in a city with a high mexican population i would recommend going to a popular taco spot where there are good reviews on their tongue tacos and trying them.

Edit: @Tonybel how does this compare to the usual preparation (braised /sauteed)? Im really interested in trying it this way but only if it exceeds the standard preparation.

The flavor is better. It's more juicier, beefier flavor. You just have to try it. My wife said we will never boil again.

Goyo626
03-25-2013, 03:02 PM
The flavor is better. It's more juicier, beefier flavor. You just have to try it. My wife said we will never boil again.

Thanks for the response. did you score the outside of the tongue to allow the smoke to penetrate or just seasoned and put on the smoker?

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 03:44 PM
Does the seasoning penetrate the skin? Or is this a bit of a wasted step since the skin is peeled off and discarded?

I don't think the seasoning penetrates the skin on top. But the other sides gets it and creates a little crust. There is only skin on top the toungue.

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 03:49 PM
First of all, I love tongue tacos and it looks like you nailed it.

But $4.99/lb, really? That's real steak prices, sometimes, and tri-tip all the time if I buy in bulk.

Years ago I had some tongue thinly sliced from a deli and that was way better than the boiled stuff my mom tries to pass off as beef.

It was a little high but I didn't feel like going to Costco and getting the 2 pack for 20 dollars. Besides that store was 1 mile away. Thanks for looking.

Carbon
03-25-2013, 03:59 PM
Nicely presented! I'd hit those tacos any time, any day!

rcbaughn
03-25-2013, 04:47 PM
That looks great! The last one I did I braised it in my dutch oven at 275 for four hours then peeled it, sliced it into medallions, and then hit it on the grill till it was good and charred. Tasted great, and charring it on the grill took away some of that spongey texture without making it dry. Made for a great faux-steak and cheese sandwich.

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 05:10 PM
Thanks for the response. did you score the outside of the tongue to allow the smoke to penetrate or just seasoned and put on the smoker?

I didn't score...just seasoned it and off the WSM it went. After my wife chopped it she did lightly added salt.

Tonybel
03-25-2013, 05:11 PM
That looks great! The last one I did I braised it in my dutch oven at 275 for four hours then peeled it, sliced it into medallions, and then hit it on the grill till it was good and charred. Tasted great, and charring it on the grill took away some of that spongey texture without making it dry. Made for a great faux-steak and cheese sandwich.

Thanks for tip... That's a good idea if I want to make tortas.

garyk1398
03-25-2013, 07:10 PM
Them lingua tacos look great! Thanks for the pron!