Holy smokes! Just as Sharon warned me - this stuff had some SERIOUS kick!!! Just pulling off little pieces for taste testing really lit the mouth on fire. Here's the beef roast coming out of the slow cooker, ready for some man-handling.
And here it is after getting roughed up a bit...
Brett!! Stop stealing the food - wait til dinner time!
To try and mimic Chipotle's barbacoa (and also because Kory suggests it), I cooked up plain white rice, to which I added lime juice and cilantro. The tortillas (these were actually wraps) were filled with the seasoned rice, shredded barbacoa, shredded cheese, black beans, lettuce and for me, a little avocado (yum!).
While we LOVED snacking on the barbacoa, it seemed to lose some of it's flavor and spice once mingled with all the other burrito ingredients. Not sure why - we had it steeping in the spicey cooking liquid, but maybe I drained the meat too much as I put it into the burrito? The overall flavor was good, but we're still on the hunt for the perfect recipe that matches up with our taste expectations... (Sorry Kory!)