Barbacoa in Oaxaca – Tlacolula’s Speciality
Barbacoa from Tlacolula is world famous, and the barbacoa stands at Tlacolula market are always busy, not just on Sundays when Tlacolula’s main market day is in full swing. The barbacoa from Tlacolula is made from goat meat in deep red consommé style broth. Barbacoa is served with hand-made tortillas, cabbage, radish, salt, and lime juice to be added as required; or in tacos made with large hand-made tortillas. Remember to ask the price of the barbacoa before ordering as the vendors annoyingly tend not to publish them anywhere and most don’t have a menu, they simply tell you what they have available when you arrive so you may want to take a Spanish speaker with you.
The second most interesting thing about barbacoa after eating it is how it’s cooked. Barbacoa is slow cooked using the same methodology as in the Caribbean. The goat is prepared and placed in a pit along with its ingredients, covered with maguey leaves and left to slow cook over the fire at the bottom of the pit. It is this slow cooking that leaves the barbacoa’s goat meat so deliciously tender.
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