Lamb Barbacoa

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated May/June 2023

Mexico's unctuously tender, slow-cooked meat is meant for wrapping in warm tortillas, serving with a chile-spiked broth, and sharing with loved ones.

SERVES8

TIME4½ hours, plus 30 minutes resting

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Barbacoa is a pit-cooking method traditional to Mexico that produces tender bites of meat and consomé de barbacoa that's flavored by the meat drippings. Our barbacoa began by coating 1½-inch-thick slabs of lamb or beef in a marinade made by...

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