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Have you had real Al Pastor?

I sure have!
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Al who?
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2010, 04:53:26 PM »
Those Greek gyro logs are more than 40% sheep testicles. Trust me, its true. The rest is other various unmentionable nasty bits.
Not the ones I eat - the gyro place I like is halal.

Not that I'm opposed to eating testicles or anything. ;)
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2010, 04:56:04 PM »
Testicles can be halal.

The animal just has to be killed according to Islamic law. Meaning it has to be bled out. Cant be smashed, or dead of injuries or disease.
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2010, 05:00:30 PM »
Testicles can be halal.

The animal just has to be killed according to Islamic law. Meaning it has to be bled out. Cant be smashed, or dead of injuries or disease.
According to this, testicles are not halal no matter how the animal is killed:

http://www.halalmc.net/resources/what_is_halal.html
Unlawful Organs of Animals Slaughtered as Halal
    * Flowing Blood
    * Male reproductory organ
    * Testicles
    * Female reproductory organ
    * Pancreas
    * Gall bladder
    * Bladder

But it's not my belief system, and the internet isn't always right, so . . . Bouef.
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2010, 06:08:57 PM »
Interesting. I thought it was all good.

The Muslims don't know what they are missing, nothing like a mouth full of balls.

Next thing ya know Im gonna find out that balls are not kosher. oy vey.
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2010, 11:31:40 PM »
Interesting. I thought it was all good.

The Muslims don't know what they are missing, nothing like a mouth full of balls.

Next thing ya know Im gonna find out that balls are not kosher. oy vey.
It's bad enough that bacon is out.  And shellfish.  And figs.  And meat with cheese. 
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2010, 05:32:18 AM »
Interesting. I thought it was all good.

The Muslims don't know what they are missing, nothing like a mouth full of balls.

Next thing ya know Im gonna find out that balls are not kosher. oy vey.

That's a difficult diet to swallow.  ;D
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2010, 06:11:00 AM »
In addition, I would always take a halal "certification" with a grain of kosher salt.  Apparently places can be a bit fast and loose with advertising halal status, from what I've heard, and there's not really a good authority in place for inspection and certification, I gather.

So even your halal place could -potentially- be chock full'a balls!

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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2010, 11:28:32 AM »
In addition, I would always take a halal "certification" with a grain of kosher salt.  Apparently places can be a bit fast and loose with advertising halal status, from what I've heard, and there's not really a good authority in place for inspection and certification, I gather.

So even your halal place could -potentially- be chock full'a balls!
It's not like I eat there because it's halal, it's because the food is good and it's right next door to my bottle shop/pub.  A dozen or so beers on tap, 800+ in bottles, and bring your own food . . . so even if my gyro is Chock Full o'Nuts it doesn't bother me, I can usually wash it down with a Black Raven Trickster or some other deliciously hopped malty beverage.  ;D
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« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2011, 01:04:36 PM »
Last night I went to a party celebrating Norway's Constitution Day, obviously one of the more important holidays.  My friend bought some goat pieces-3 rib racks and 3 hindquarters(he thinks) from a new Mexican meat market that just opened up.  The meat was marinated for 3 days in what the butcher calls Al Pastor sauce, then it was smoked at 225 for about 7 hours.  Oh lordy that stuff was great.  He just pulled the meat off with his hand, we ate it on corn tortillas with all the fixins that matter-raw onion and good salsa.  The sauce itself is red chile/cumin based but not quite as spicy as I would have liked.
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2011, 04:46:08 PM »
Those Greek gyro logs are more than 40% sheep testicles. Trust me, its true. The rest is other various unmentionable nasty bits.

Of course, "the unmentionable nasty bits" are usually the tastiest part of the beast. 
Growing up in an Eastern European household (where no pat of the beast was wasted)  taught me that at an early age.
So, "Nothin awful about the offal"  as far as I'm concerned.

I believe that if you are going to kill a living creature for food, wasting any edible part is just wrong (and besides,  you'd be missing out on some tastiest stuff). 
Seems to me like a spinning hot flame roasting hunk of gyro mush is the perfect place to use it (and hide it.  LOL.)   ;D
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2011, 08:07:54 PM »
They threw me a party at work for the B-day. 

"We made your favorite!"
"Al Pastor!?"
"No, posole!

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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2011, 11:32:20 PM »
Those Greek gyro logs are more than 40% sheep testicles. Trust me, its true. The rest is other various unmentionable nasty bits.

Of course, "the unmentionable nasty bits" are usually the tastiest part of the beast. 
Growing up in an Eastern European household (where no pat of the beast was wasted)  taught me that at an early age.
So, "Nothin awful about the offal"  as far as I'm concerned.

I believe that if you are going to kill a living creature for food, wasting any edible part is just wrong (and besides,  you'd be missing out on some tastiest stuff). 
Seems to me like a spinning hot flame roasting hunk of gyro mush is the perfect place to use it (and hide it.  LOL.)   ;D
I agree, you shouldn't throw away anything edible.  But I think we may have different interpretations of what is edible and what is not. ;)
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2011, 09:21:44 AM »
A good gyro is one of my favorite sammiches and I love mexican food so there's almost no way I wouldn't love this (although it's hard to imagine not missing the tzatziki).

Regarding 'what is edible and what is not'; I do find it a little interesting that when predators kill prey...the things they go for first (i.e. the 'good stuff' to them) are the organs.

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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #43 on: May 17, 2011, 09:31:30 AM »
They threw me a party at work for the B-day. 

"We made your favorite!"
"Al Pastor!?"
"No, posole!

Can't win them all...
We love us some posole around here, it's in my top 2 favorite native local foods.  Now when you turn it to menudo I'm headed for McDonalds.
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Re: Al Pastor
« Reply #44 on: May 23, 2011, 07:30:35 PM »
Al pastor and de cabesa are my favorite of all time.
I have only found small mom and pop places can get
anywhere close to the real deal. The pineapple on top
was the best. Especially if you got a guy that would
samurai sword style swipe the chunk into the air and
catch it in the taco effortlessly.

Man I am hungry for them now...Both types of tacos
were very common in the northern states of Mexico.
Sonora and Chihuahua. There was a run of months
that we would have them every Saturday...sigh...
Ruben * Colorado :)