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Authentic Lamb Barbacoa (Barbacoa de Borrego)

Learn how to make this delicious and authentic barbacoa de borrego recipe which is a popular Mexican dish for holiday celebrations and more. 
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: barbacoa, borrego
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 452kcal


  • 4 Lbs Lamb Meat
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Mexican Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Can beer optional (replace with 1 cup of water or chicken stock if desired)
  • 1/2 Tsp White Pepper
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water


  • Combine all of the ingredients except the lamb and the 1 1/2 cup of water in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Add the lamb and make sure it is completely covered in the marinade
  • Cover and let marinate over night or for at least 2 - 4 hours.
  • Add the meat with the marinade to your pressure cooker pot and add a cup and a half of water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 and 1/2 hours and release the pressure (natural release is preferred).
  • Shred the meat and then strain the liquid, which can be used as a broth to serve with the meat if desired.
  • The meat can be served on tacos, empanadas, soup, or by itself.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 1368mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 7mg
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