Texas Barbacoa Tacos

Published on
September 22, 2023
Flavorful, juicy and tender, this beef barbacoa is slow cooked to perfection. This is a truly a set it and forget it meal - so do not be deterred by the cook time. This makes for incredible authentic tacos, enchiladas, and/or quesadillas. Or try over pasta or polenta. The options are endless.
Barbacoa tacos.
Prep Time:
10 Minutes
Cook Time:
5 - 6 Hours
Difficulty Level:

4 pounds beef brisket

6 tablespoons Texas Brisket Rub

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 yellow onions, thinly sliced

1 1/4 cups beef broth

1/12 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Tortilla shells

1/2 cup sour cream

2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 sliced into wedges

Toppings: pickled red onions, radishes, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, salsa, hot sauce


1. Preheat oven to 285ºF.

2. Season the brisket all over with the Texas Brisket Rub. Then let the seasoned brisket sit at room temperature for an hour.

3. Over medium heat add the oil and onions to a Dutch oven or covered casserole (make sure your pan is large enough to hold the brisket). Cook for 15 minutes or until onions are translucent and soft. Season with salt and pepper. Remove onions to a plate.

4. Turn the heat to medium-high and sear the brisket for 6 - 7 minutes per side. Add the onions and any residual juices to the top of the brisket. Then pour in the stock and vinegar around the brisket.

5. Crinkle pieces of wet parchment and arrange over the brisket. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours. Brisket is ready when it can be easily shredded with 2 forks.

6. Remove brisket and either slice against the grain or shred with 2 forks. Meanwhile, bring remaining cooking liquid to a boil, then simmer until it reaches your desired thickness. Stir back in the shredded brisket.

7. To make the lime crema- stir in the lime juice to the sour cream.

8. To serve- layer taco shells with barbacoa, lime crema, and desired toppings

Recipe Tip:
To make in a slow cooker, reduce stock to 3/4 cup and cook on low for 8 hours. There is no need for parchment paper if using a slow cooke
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