Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros

Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros

Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros

Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros


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Turn up the heat with 75 recipes from a master of true Texas barbecue

Long before the first smoker was lit or sauce was ladled, barbecue was born with a Latin twist. The Texas tradition of cattle ranching has its origins in the vaqueros of the Iberian Peninsula who brought their herds to the New World. It was a nomadic life demanding open- fire and underground cooking.

In Cowboy Barbecue, chef and restaurateur Adrian Davila celebrates traditions of Latin America and Texas, taking inspiration from the vaquero lifestyle and his own family history. For three generations, Davila’s BBQ in Seguin, Texas, has infused classic brisket, ribs, and sausage with Latin flavors. Davila goes beyond standard grilling in this guide, offering techniques for smoking, cooking directly on the embers, underground, on a spit, and more. Recipes include:

  • Mesquite Brisket
  • Vaquero Chili con Carne
  • Smoked Pulled Pork
  • Fire-Roasted Tomato, Onion, and Serrano Salsa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682681428
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 667,981
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Adrian Davila is a third generation barbecue master at Davila’s BBQ in Seguin, TX. Representing Davila’s, he won first place on Food Network's BBQ Blitz "Texas Takedown" and has appeared on numerous national cooking shows.

Ann Volkwein is a bestselling cookbook author. Her previous books include: The Arthur Avenue Cookbook; Chinatown New YorkCountry Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen (with Francine Bryson); and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (with Guy Fieri). She divides her time between New York City and Austin, TX.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

The Davila Family History, from Ávila to Seguin 13

The Vaquero Way 27

Techniques On Fire 27

Direct Heat: Asado Style 27

Indirect Heat: Smoking 30

Smoking Meat the Davila Way 33


Meat on Fire 39

Beef And Lamb 41

Mesquite Brisket 41

Mollejas (Sweetbreads) 44

Beef Sausage 47

Beef Fajitas 51

Lengua de Res (Smoked Beef Tongue) 53

Texas-Style Barbacoa 54

Whole BBQ Borrego for Barbacoa 60

Beef Jerky 64

Mesquite-Smoked Lamb Ribs with Chimichurri 65


Whole Pig Asado Style 69

Pork Ribs 72

Smoked Pulled Pork 73

Pork Loin with Mustard Seed Sauce 74

Puerco en Chili Colorado (Pork in Red Chili Sauce) 76

Smoked Ham with Davila's BBQ Sauce Glaze 79

Morcilla (Spanish Blood Sausage) 81

Chicharonnes en Salsa Verde 83

Mole de Olla con Puerco 84


Whole Mesquite-Smoked Chicken 85

Chicken Fajitas 87

Tinga de Pollo 89

Calabacita con Polio (Squash with Chicken) 91

Arroz con Polio (Rice with Chicken) 92

Brined and Smoked Whole Turkey 94

South Texas Peanut Butter Mole 95

Seafood 97

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Shirmp in Garlic Sauce) 98

Mexican Shrimp and Oyster Cocktail 100

Aguachiles de Camarones (Shrimp in Chili Broth) 101

Smoked Fresh Oysters 102

Texas Gulf Ceviche-Stuffed Avocados 103

Caribbean-Style Whole Red Snapper 104

Glazed Barbecued Salmon 106

Streer Foods 109

Mini Tacos

Tacos al Pastor (Pineapple and Pork) 110

Tacos de Birria (Coat) 112

Tacos Campechanos (Beef with Chorizo and Chicharrones) 114

Tacos de Buche (Pork Stomach) 116

Tripas de Res Tacos (Beef Tripe) 117


Tamales Verdes (Chicken with Green Sauce) 120

Tamales Rojos (Pork with Red Sauce) 122

Tamales Rajas de Chile y Queso Fresco (Chile and Cheese) 124

Soups and Chilis 127

Mama Davila's Fideo Seco con Carne 128

Caldo de Res 129

Sopa de Fideo Estilo Laredo 130

Chicken Tortilla Soup 132

Pozole Rojo de Puerco (Red Pork Pozole) 133

Vaquero Chili con Carne 134

Menudo de Puerco 136

Pozole Verde de Pollo (Green Chicken Pozole) 138

On The Side

Vegtables and, Sides 143

Butternut Squash with Chile and Lime 144

Elote con Crema (Creamed/ Corn) 145

Calabacitas con Frijoles Negros (Zucchini with Block Beans) 146

Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans) 147

Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans) 148

Grilled Nopales, Onions, and Tomatoes 150

Nopales Salad 152

Grandpa Davila's Potato Salad 153

Grandma's Papas 154

Camotes (Sweet Potatoes) over Coals 155

Arroz Mexicano (Mexican Rice) 156

Arroz Verde (Green Tomatillo Rice) 157

Tortillas and Breads 159

Pan de Campo (Country Bread) 160

Flour Tortillas 161

Corn Tortillas 165

Momo Davila's Griddle Corn Cakes 167

South Texas Jalapeño Cheese Corn Bread 169

Sauces and Salsas 171

Davila's Original BBQ Sauce 172

Davila's Spicy BBQ Sauce 173

Fire-Roasted Tomato, Onion, and Serrano Salsa 174

Tomatillo Salsa (Green Sauce) 179

Mama Davila's Salsa Picante (Red Table Sauce) 181

Guajiilo Salsa 182

Pico de Gallo 183

Acknowledgments 185

Index 189

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