Episode 210: Shoulder On

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

The classic Tex-Mex salsa. Serve this with Spit-Roasted Beef Shoulder Clod on Texas Toast.

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Pico de Gallo


  • 3 luscious, ripe, red tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped (for a milder salsa, seed the chiles)
  • ½ small white onion, finely diced
  • 4 red radishes, finely diced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Recipe Steps

1: Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently toss to mix.  Correct the seasoning, adding lime juice or salt to taste. Best made no more than a few hours before serving. 

Recipe Tips

For an added twist, use a handheld smoker to add a smoky flavor to your pico de gallo. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, leaving just one edge uncovered. Fill a handheld smoker with oak wood saw dust. Light the saw dust, and when you have a clear stream of smoke, insert the hose into the bowl of pico de gallo. After the bowl is filled with wood smoke, remove the hose and cover the bowl tightly. Let the vegetables absorb the smoke for 4-5 minutes.

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