Bulk barbacoa in Houston?
I will be having a party and had in mind having traditional barbacoa. I have a brother in law from southern mexico who had the most delicious barbacoa i have ever encountered for my niece's baptism. i wanted to get the same stuff for my party. he told me its from some mexican meat market "downtown" and you just place an order with a guy on sunday (the only day they are open) and he makes it for the day you need it. then you simply pick it up. my brother in law doesn't speak much english and i don't speak much spanish. he also didn't know the name of the market and i am not entirely sure if by downtown he means downtown houston.
does anyone know where this place may be or what the market's name is? he offered to do it himself but with the language barrier i didn't want him to order something for the number of guests i am expecting than i get shocked with a bill much higher than i thought it was going to be.
alternatively, is there another place with really good barbacoa where i can order and pick it up in bulk? itd be for 20-25 people so basically i am expecting a full sheep.
He may be thinking of El Tiempo Market on Washington, next to El Tiempo restaurant. They have a giant sign advertising their barbacoa. A little ways east on Washington is another Mexican market that also features barbacoa. I can't recall the name of that one, but it's just a few blocks east of El Tiempo on the north side of Washington.
So I went to El Tiempo tonight and definitely sounds like this could be the place or something very similar. Haven't tried the barbacoa as they were completely sold out (must be good!) but will be going sometime in the near future. Found out they can do my order for 15 lbs. Just need to call two days prior and then pick it up. I think I can pull this off! I'll also have to maybe pick up some Alamo tamales!
I don't know where he meant exactly, of course, but I was at Alamo Tamales on Berry Street this morning and their barbacoa looked and smelled fantastic.
You might give them a call and see what they'll do for you.
Here's a link:
Their online ordering is just for tamales so you'll have to call.
I don't know what their usual hours are, but I called this morning at 8am and they said they open at 5am.
And the tamales are incredible.
nom nom nom.
My best boy friend and I went Friday just for carnitas, they were great, mostly as one was a little dry but that is to be expected with carnitas, kinda like brisket. A question, it seems you went on a Saturday. What time did you go, and how crowded was it? I'd like to take my wife on a Saturday. Friday wife and I stopped at Flying Saucer Pies on the way back to take the sting out of me going for carnitas without real wife, I got the usual, strawberry and pecan for her, and I to enjoy. The strawberry was all whipped cream and maybe two strawberrys, never happened before, and I'm not giving up on them at all. Full disclosure, Friday wife is my best friend of a zlillion years, we were on a break in him fixing his vintage Yamaha '79 dt 250 enduro, which he claims to have fixed today, proclaiming bat out of hell performance. Real wife has banned me from it, even though I have many thousands of bike miles in my salad days.