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Wagyu Beef Barbacoa Bowls with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

Fullblood Wagyu Beef Barbacoa Bowls with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice and Sweet Pepper and Onion Relish

Prep Time: 80 Minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 Hours
Servings: 6-8
Difficulty Level: 2
(Levels: 1-5 with 5 being most difficult)

Recipe provided by Chef Melanie Hammericksen

This recipe is Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free.


  • 1 Double 8 Cattle Company Fullblood Wagyu Beef Top Round Roast(cut into 2-inch cubes)
  • 6 TBSP Avocado Oil (divided)
  • 4 Chipotle Chilis en Adobo
  • 4 CUP Beef Stock (divided)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (julienned)
  • 3 TBSP Garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Ground Coriander
  • 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 TSP Kosher Salt (plus additional for seasoning to taste)
  • 1/2 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper (plus additional for seasoning to taste)
  • 1 Lime (1/2 lime juiced and 1/2 lime for serving)
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Avocados (pitted, pealed, and sliced)

Sweet Peppers and Onions Relish

  • 1 LB Mini Sweet Peppers (cut into 1/8-inch rings)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (julienned)
  • 2 TBSP Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 CUP Water
  • Kosher Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

  • 6 CUP Cauliflower Rice or Grated Cauliflower
  • 1 BUNCH Cilantro (minced)
  • 1 TBSP Avocado Oil
  • 2 TSP Kosher Salt


  • Crock Pot
  • Blender
  • Large Sauté Pan


Pull the Fullblood Wagyu top round roast from the freezer, and place in the refrigerator 2 days before making this recipe (so it is thawed completely).

Bring the top round roast out of the fridge 1 hour before starting the recipe, so that it can reach room temperature. Cut the top round roast into 2-inch cubes.

Add the chipotle en adobo, 2 cups beef stock, coriander, cumin, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to the blender. Blend ingredients well.

Pour the liquid from the blender into a crock pot. Set the crock pot on low.

Heat a large sauté pan with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil on medium-high heat.

Season the pieces of top round roast with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Once the pan is hot, add 1/3 of the top round roast pieces, and sear the pieces for 3 minutes per side, getting deep caramelization on all sides.

Once the Fullblood Wagyu beef is caramelized, you will empty the pan into the crock pot.

Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of beef stock. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any bits or caramelization.

Let the beef stock reduce by half, and then pour that on top of the beef in the crock pot.

Repeat these steps three times until all of the Fullblood Wagyu top round roastpieces are caramelized and in the crock pot.

Once the last of the beef is in the crock pot, put the sauté pan back on the burner.

Sauté the julienned sweet onions until translucent. Then, add 1/2 cup of beef stock and the minced garlic to the pan.

Let the liquid reduce, while using the wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan.

Once reduced, pour the pan ingredients into the crock pot with the beef.

Mix all ingredients in the crock pot together.

Cover and set the crock pot to low. Cook for 6-8 hours.


Once the Fullblood Wagyu top round roast has cooked for 6-8 hours, use a slotted spoon and transfer all of the beef chunks into a large bowl.

Transfer the braising liquid from the crock pot to a sauce pot on the stove, and start reducing the liquid. You will want to reduce the braising liquid down to 2 cups.

With two forks, shred the pieces of Fullblood Wagyu top round roast.

Then pour the reduced braising liquid into the bowl with the beef, coating all of the shredded beef.

Season to taste with kosher salt, lime juice, and apple cider vinegar.


Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat.

Add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and the julienned sweet onions.

Sauté the sweet onions until translucent. Then, add the mini sweet peppers and a 1/4 cup of water.

Cook for 5 minutes or until the peppers are softened but not falling apart.

Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Reserve for serving.


Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon avocado oil.

Add the cauliflower rice, and sauté until hot. Don’t cook too long, or it will get mushy.

Season to taste with kosher salt, and fold in the minced cilantro.


To make each bowl, start by placing 3/4 cup cilantro cauliflower rice in the bottom of the bowl.

Add 1 cup of the shredded Fullblood Wagyu Beef Barbacoa to the bowl.

Then, add 1/3 cup of the sweet peppers and onion relish.

Garnish with sliced avocado.

Serve warm, and enjoy!

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