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Mar 14, 2014 07:00 PM

Beef Cheeks

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

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    1. 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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      1. re: lexusalhambra

        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:


        1. re: moderndayhermit

          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?

          1. re: lexusalhambra

            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. 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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        1. re: sqwertz

          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.


          1. re: rudeboy

            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).



            1. re: sqwertz

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

              1. re: moderndayhermit

                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.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  My guess would be sausage, hot dogs, etc.