My Citizens, few things tingle the tongue of the mighty TFD more than a delicious spicy salsa – add in not one, not two, but THREE different types of alcohol into it, plus diced cheese and a goodly hit of roasted vegetables and you have one of the most rarely-seen salsas here in the U.S.!
Salsa Borracha Norteña (Northern drunk salsa) is a must-have with all forms of barbacoa in Northern Mexico – especially the delicious cabrito (roasted baby goat). It can of course also be used with chips, but do try it as a bibulous addition to your next BBQ – I promise you will swoon appropriately!
Barbacoa is a form of cooking meat that originated in the Caribbean with the Taíno people, from which the term “barbecue” derives. In contemporary Mexico, it generally refers to meats or whole sheep slow-cooked over an open fire, or more traditionally, in a hole dug in the ground covered with maguey leaves, although the interpretation is loose, and in the present day (and in some cases) may refer to meat steamed until tender. This meat is known for its high fat content and strong flavor, often accompanied with onions and cilantro.
In northern Mexico, it is sometimes made from beef head, but more often it is prepared from goat meat (cabrito). A traditional Mexican way of eating barbacoa is having it served on warm corn tortillas with salsa for added flavor; the tacos are often eaten with diced onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
This salsa uses a rare dried pepper (rare at least in the U.S.) known as the mulato – fortunately you can purchase top-quality mulatos here. Some of the other hard-to-find ingredients such as piloncillo sugar, fresh epazote leaves, top-quality dried pasilla chiles, and queso panela can all be purchased at their respective links.
I prefer a hint of smoke in this salsa (it really complements the bbq!) so I call for a bit of mezcal in addition to tequila – my preferred brand of mezcal may be purchased here.
This is a fantastic salsa for your upcoming grill season, my Citizens – I have every confidence this legendary, boozy Mexican salsa will be a hit at your next adults-only outdoor grill! 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo