We’ve started collecting as many barbacoa videos as possible at YouTube in a playlist. We’re only collecting videos of hornos de la tierra, ie, earth oven cookery, not home oven or steamer “barbacoa”. There is nowhere on the internet or in books or magazines with more original source material on barbacoa than YouTube. You can find regional variations from all over Mexico, from barbacoa de borrego found in Central Mexico in backyard dirt hornos or commercial brick pits. There are various versions from the North, even Texan versions that only use the head of a cow. There are version from the Mixteca in Oaxaca using shallow rectangular pits that include not only meat, but giant tamales. There is, of course, the Yucatan’s cochinita pibil. And there are the various versions from the West, such as birria de chivo. To see the amazing diversity of Mexico’s barbacoa, really the best place is YouTube.
We will keep adding videos as we find them, so keep checking back. If you find a good one that’s not on our list, let us know.