Vaquero Cocina: Cowboy Cuisine with Central American Flair
While I mentioned Vaquero Cocina as a great place in Austin to pick up BBQ on KGSR a couple weeks ago, I wanted to share a little more with you and finally settled on giving this lovely trailer it’s own post.
Vaquero Cocina is among the trailers on the South Congress strip — in the middle of a block that boasts Mighty Cone on one end and Hey Cupcake on the other.
How cute is the sign on their silver airstream? I didn’t get the full story about the people who run this place because it was just too hot to chat long but I did learn that it’s owned by a couple and their grown daughter. The couple reportedly used to be cattle ranchers and the daughter spent time in Central America.
The menu now makes a LOT of sense. Basically, BBQ meat with a spicy kick that is more than just Tex-Mex. They serve traditional foods like smoked brisket and sausage and fried pies alongside of Latin dishes like fried plantains, sweet potato fries, and Cuban-style corn on the cob.
I ordered a smoked brisket taco with cole slaw, cotija cheese, salsa, roasted garlic, and a lime to spritz alongside as well as smoked corn slathered with butter, cotija cheese, and paprika (or it is a similar spice). It brought me back to the fantastic corn at Cafe Habana in New York City.
What would I get next time? Plaintain chips, a roasted pepper, and definitely one of Mary Jane’s Apricot Fried Pies a la mode (Mary Jane is one of the owners).
This is the real deal with a smoker out back churning out the sausage, corn, and brisket and the family in the kitchen of the trailer making dishes to order. While not inexpensive — a brisket plate with two sides is $9.25, the flavors and love that went into my first taste make me want to go back for more!Tags: BBQ, brisket, corn, food truck, food trailer, south congress, vaquero cocina