Weekends have a carne asada smell to them

By Andrea Hablutzel Pelayo

Norestensegastronomy and tradition

Either to celebrate something important or just for the mere reason to gather friends and family,norteños(people from the north region of Mexico) light up their grills on the weekends, it is very common if you’re walking along the street to see clouds of smoke rising from backyards, the smell of charcoal andarrachera(hanger steak) tempting the neighbor’s senses.

carne asadaOriginal Image “Carne Asada” by Rick González, used under CC BY 2.0 license, via Flickr.

No matter the season, cold or hot, grilling beef on the weekends (or during the week, no day is left out) is definitely a tradition in the northern states of Mexico. It’s the perfect occasion to spend time with family and friends, celebrate something, watch sporting events, relax and eat delicious food – without a doubt it’s a vital part of northern social lives.

Any excuse for grilling orcarnes asadasis a good one. Along with very cold beer, juicy cuts of beef –arracherabeing the most popular–, flour tortillas, salsas, chips, nostalgic or upbeat music and the best of all is that the whole family gets involved; the family man being traditionally who gets the grill going, starts the fire and grills the food. This customs definitely reinforce the family bonds, values of unity and cooperation and give a sense of importance and meaning to every event in every family member’s life.

carne asada 2Original Image “Carne Asada” by Rick Gonzalez, used under BY CC 2.0 license , via Flickr.

With the years and family’s heritage and wisdom passed on, norestenses have perfected the art of grilling, either traditional style or with their own style. Choosing the meat becomes a ritual, the quality and freshness of the products has to be the best. Arrachera is one of the most popular cuts of beef but they also grill sausages, chicken, onion and chorizo. Snacks like chips are a must, as well as guacamole, quesadillas and mountains of flour tortillas; guests often bring these things to the food fest.

One chooses either charcoal or firewood to start and keep the fire going; these will give the beef its flavor and aroma. The grill itself is chosen to the family’s liking and according g to the grill master’s personality; their grilling techniques and ways to marinate the meat varies but the result will always be that northern flavor that people miss so much when they leave.

carne asada tacosOriginal Image: "Carne Asada Tacos" by James, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license, via Flickr.

RELATED NEWS

  • Mexican wins Australian cooking contestMexican wins Australian cooking contest
  • Chef Enrique Olvera receives Global Gastronomy Award 2017Chef Enrique Olvera receives Global Gastronomy Award 2017
  • Nopal, to the conquest of beer marketNopal, to the conquest of beer market
  • Limantour, one of the best bars in the WorldLimantour, one of the best bars in the World
  • Rosca de Reyes, tradition with diversityRosca de Reyes, tradition with diversity
  • Now you will be able to enjoy your favorite chocolate without guiltNow you will be able to enjoy your favorite chocolate without guilt
  • Gourmet Awards 2016 presents its nomineesGourmet Awards 2016 presents its nominees
  • Gourmet Awards, recognizing the best of Mexico’s cuisineGourmet Awards, recognizing the best of Mexico’s cuisine
  • Weekends have a carne asada smell to themWeekends have a carne asada smell to them
  • Zarela Martinez, the Mexican who redefined the American menuZarela Martinez, the Mexican who redefined the American menu
  • Guadalajara’s traditional flavors you cannot missGuadalajara’s traditional flavors you cannot miss
  • Mezcal, the trendiest drink in MexicoMezcal, the trendiest drink in Mexico

Language

Mexico News Network
All rights Reserved 2017