Our love of barbacoa is boundless. We’ve spent a lifetime pursuing this delicious meat across Austin and down into the Rio Grande Valley.

Locally there are many good sources with El Taco Rico leading the new school of taquerias with a version that’s so good it tastes as though it was unearthed from a genuine pit and unwrapped from Maguey each morning. Of course we know this to not be true as the authentic barbacoa technique is forbidden in Austin.

But not in Brownsville Texas. This is where Vera’s Backyard Barbecue has created a tradition that stretches all the way back to 1955. They’re grandfathered in on the true, old school technique where the cow’s head is buried in an earthbound pit and roasted for upwards of a day before being unearthed and devoured.

It is sublime. A special note must also be made of their house salsa as it is superb. A thin, orange-ish red concoction with an initial heat blast that settles into a very satisfying slow burn of deliciousness.

A few places to get barbacoa locally http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?cat=55

and if you head down to Brownsville

Vera’s Backyard B-B-Q

2404 Southmost Blvd

Brownsville

956-546-4159

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