Cuban Shredded Beef

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated September/October 2013, America's Test Kitchen TV

We were sold on vaca frita’s crispy crust and garlicky flavor—but not on its dry, stringy interior.

SERVES 4 to 6

TIME 2½ hours

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Vaca frita is a Cuban classic that features beef (usually flank steak) that’s been boiled, shredded, and fried so that the exterior develops a deep crust; it’s flavored with lime juice and garlic. Since developing a deep crust on the meat u...

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