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Beef Cheeks

moderndayhermit Mar 14, 2014 07:00 PM

Does anyone know a meat shop that sells fresh beef cheeks in the Austin area?

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  1. girloftheworld RE: moderndayhermit Mar 14, 2014 08:14 PM

    try Johnnys

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      moderndayhermit RE: girloftheworld Mar 14, 2014 10:16 PM


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      lexusalhambra RE: moderndayhermit Mar 15, 2014 06:45 AM

      My HEB in circle C sells beef cheeks. I have been wanting to buy some. Do you happen to have a good recipe for them?

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        moderndayhermit RE: lexusalhambra Mar 15, 2014 10:16 AM

        I've never cooked with them before. I wanted to make some barbacoa and had located a recipe that says it is a replication of Torchy Taco's Democrat taco:


        However, I also found a recipe on epicurious that looks great:


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          lexusalhambra RE: moderndayhermit Mar 16, 2014 03:31 PM

          That barbacoa recipe looks great! I am going to try it Tuesday, if my HEB still has the cheeks available. Have you tried the recipe yet?

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            moderndayhermit RE: lexusalhambra Mar 16, 2014 03:47 PM

            Not yet, I'm hoping to get to the store(s) sometime this week so I can give it a go :). I wanted to avoid SXSW traffic as much as possible this week, ha!

      2. sqwertz RE: moderndayhermit Mar 16, 2014 07:53 PM

        Practically every HEB I've been in sells beef cheek meat. What I want to find is pork cheeks (and not from an obnoxiously overpriced specialty source).


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          rudeboy RE: sqwertz Mar 16, 2014 11:35 PM

          You can buy guanciale from Mandolas at the Triangle, but that might not work for you since it is cured. Plus, it might be considered an obnoxiously overpriced specialty source. I don't remember the price being all that high. Are you looking for raw and have you checked Fiesta? Here's a very old post (2008) about guanciale.


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            sqwertz RE: rudeboy Mar 20, 2014 06:38 PM

            Guanciale are the cured fatty hog jowls (easy to find fresh/raw) which are different than actual pork cheeks. Pork cheeks are little 3 ounce scallops of luscious fine-grained collagen and meat. Here's a good photo-essay of them (not mine, unfortunately).



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              moderndayhermit RE: sqwertz Mar 20, 2014 07:02 PM

              Whoa. Thanks for that link, looks/sounds incredible.

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                rudeboy RE: moderndayhermit Mar 20, 2014 08:55 PM

                Yeah, me too. I wonder where all those pig cheeks go? And if MT Supermarket has pig rectum, you'd think that they'd have cheeks as well.

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                  TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Mar 22, 2014 02:00 PM

                  My guess would be sausage, hot dogs, etc.

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