Thursday, August 4, 2011

Slow Cooked BBQ Beef

I love my slow cooker. It makes great things without me having to do anything. Well, that's not quite right. But the steps that are required to make something in the slow cooker are suuuper easy. I think everyone should have a crockpot and use it as often as possible. 

BBQ Beef, Chicken, Pork. All of those are great. Chili - another good crockpot candidate. Spaghetti sauce, Moroccan Chicken, Garlic Chicken, Stews, Soups, and even desserts like apple pudding, or apple crisps are doable. So, essentially what I'm saying is get a crock pot, if you like eating but don't enjoy cooking all that much. 

Oh, and it's easy clean up, too. Can it get any better? 
I mean seriously! Anyone can cook with a slow cooker! Barbecue chicken for example is as easy as pouring a bottle of good barbecue sauce over a few chicken breasts that have been placed in the slow cooker. Donzies. 

Now, I'm not advocating making barbecue chicken that way, but if you wanted to, you could.

Making the sauce feels a little more like cooking... So, I bought a hunk of meat, put it in the slow cooker for 4 hours, made this barbecue-ish sauce, drowned the hunk of meat in it and let it sit for another six hours. Dinner? Done! 
Oh, and then a few days later I used the left over barbecue beef for pizza. Barbecue beef pizza. It was tasty. I'll share a picture of that, too. Here ya go.
Oh and I made pesto pizza, too! With homemade pesto! Remember?
Anyways, here is how to make Barbecue Beef in a slowcooker without store bought Barbecue sauce. 

Start by putting the meat into the slow cooker with about a cup of water. 
I should say something about the meat, shouldn't I? Get whatever you want/whatever is on sale. Since the meat is being cooked in the slow cooker, all the muscle and collagen (connective tissue) will break down eventually. 
Even rather tough cuts that you would generally try to avoid, work fine and turn out to be tender if prepared in a crockpot. Any kind of beef chuck works well for your belly and your wallet. 
I bought a pieces of beef shoulder roast. It's a cut that's already boneless. Usually if you tell the butcher you want meat for a slow cooker they can tell you what to get. In case you're still unsure. 

Get out an onion.
Chop up ze onion. This is how i usually chop up onions.
1. Cut onion in half
2. Cut slits into onion.
3. Cut into pieces.
Now put the chopped up onion into the crockpot. Lift up the hunk of meat and evenly spread out the onion pieces on the bottom of the crockpot.
Now let all this (meat, onion, and water) sit for about 4 to 5 hours.
Prepare the barbecue-ish sauce. 

Get out all the ingredients. Ketchup, brown sugar, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard, red pepper flakes, worcestershire sauce, and white wine (or cider) vinegar. Oh and salt and pepper, too.
Combine everything in a medium sized bowl.
When the beef has been in the crockpot for about 4 to 5 hours add in this sauce. And let it cook for another 6 hours.
Serve as a sandwich on a Ciabatta roll to switch it up a little. Or a Hawaiian Roll if you prefer soft bread. Or maybe you like the non-messy version better? I do...
Mhmmm, balsamic roasted corn, cucumber and asian cole slaw. Good meal. 

Guten Appetit!

Slow Cooked Barbecue Beef

- boneless beef chuck (2-4 lbs)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 large vidalia onion

- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 3/4 cup of white wine or cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Place the beef in a slow cooker with 1 cup of water. Chop up an onion and place the onion under the beef roast on the bottom of the slow cooker. Let the roast cook on low heat.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and wait until the beef chuck has been in the slow cooker for about 4 to 5 hours. Pour the sauce over the beef and let it simmer on low heat for another 6 hours.
Shred the meat using two forks. Serve as desired.