Street Food | Barbacoa

Barbacoa is a form of cooking that in contemporary Mexico refers to meat, usually, pork or beef that is either cooked over an open flame or in a maguey leaf covered pit in the ground until tender. Apparently, Barbacoa originated with the indigenous pre-Columbian in the Caribbean and has been modified into what is now known as barbeque in the United States.

I am not by any means a meat cooking historian but Barbacoa places are numerous throughout the Yucatan and this succulent prize is a fantastic alternative to the curse of fast food. It usually comes with a cluster of bowls filled with delicious, often homemade, peppery concoctions that are amazing when placed on the meat and wrapped in homemade tortillas.

I stopped with our friend Luc at this delicious place in San Felipe Carrillo on our way to the airport in Cancun. As an extra bonus, the place was across the road from a small park where a traditional Mexican band was practicing for an upcoming festival. We picked up a sidewalk table and spent a while just soaking in the atmosphere and people watching.

 

 

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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