I wanted to create a beef taco from rib meat. Beef rib meat is incredibly tough and takes a huge amount of time to cook properly. It's easy to overheat and dry it out before it's done cooking, so I decided not to smoke it. I wanted to get some good smoky flavors into the meat so I first charcoal grilled the meat to get a nice hard sear on the outside of the meat.
You lose some of the fond and rendered fat by charcoal grilling rather then searing it in a dutch oven. I think this is well balanced by the delicious grilled flavor that is imparted.
After I grilled the meat I put it into dutch oven and half covered it with 24 oz of Milwaukee Brewing's Polish Milk Stout which had a cinnamon stick and about a 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter mixed in. I braised it in a 300F oven turning every hour or so for 4-5 hours until the meat is tended.
The meat that is outside of the oven quickly darkens with the natural sugars from the beer and peanuts. It imparts a delightful dark sweetness to the meat which the light hit of cinnamon compliments without being noticeable.
I also like to serve the tacos with a black bean salad which is rinsed black beans tossed with garden fresh tomatoes, cilantro, shallots and apple cider vinegar.