31 May 2008

Ting Town Barbeque Beef Sandwiches


I have a new idea. I love my new house, and of course want to work on it constantly. But I also love my blog, and miss my dear readers, and I miss home-cooked meals too, darn it. Enough with the frozen pizzas and take out meals. Then inspiration hit: why not break out the crockpot? My auntie got us a shiny new one for a wedding gift that I hardly ever put to use, and besides: this way I can cook, and even bake, but don't have to be standing there while it's going on. Genius! I love you, inventor of the Crockpot! And off I went, to harvest several recipes. You'll be seeing a lot of them in the coming days :)

This first one comes from allrecipes.com, and is an original recipe from a popular (now closed) drive-in restaurant in Minnesota. Hubs and I popped all the ingredients in the crockpot, dashed off to the new house to get to work, and headed back to the apartment several hours later. And there was our dinner: beef sandwiches that tasted like we've been standing over the slow roaster basting the beef all day, along with chips and some pasta salad. A perfect Sunday summer meal.


The meat gets so tender, it was falling apart after 3 hours so there was no need to pull it out and shred, just give the crockpot a good couple of stirs. I rather liked the flavor, too: tangy, and not too BBQ-sauce-tasting (which really kills me in some recipes). The sauce thickened up nicely, although it wasn't as spicy as I would have liked, but I can fix that next time I make it.

All in all a great sandwich recipe, which is nice for those with little time but need to whip up dinner. And the original recipe feeds an army: I halved the recipe below, and even then: it provided many lunches and 2 dinners. A lovely thing for those who are too busy to cook!

Ting Town Barbeque Beef Sandwiches


Ingredients:
3 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. ketchup
1 c. barbeque sauce
1 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
1 c. beer
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
4 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of fat
16 hamburger buns, split

To make the sauce, combine the celery, onion, garlic, ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, beer, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl; stir until well blended.

Place the chuck roast in a slow cooker. Pour the sauce evenly over the meat. Cover and cook the roast on HIGH for 3 hours. Reduce heat to LOW, and continue cooking until very tender, about 4 hours more.

About 1/2 hour before serving, remove the chuck roast from the slow cooker and shred the meat with a large fork. Return the meat to the slow cooker, and cook uncovered so the sauce thickens, on LOW for 20 minutes.

To serve, dip the flat sides of hamburger buns into the sauce and top with meat.

11 comments:

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Man those look good!

wintkat said...

that looks wonderful........If I wasn't already cooking oven barbecue beef brisket tomorrow this would be on the menu for sure. A definite for next weekend.
thanks

chiff0nade said...

I guess they're okay for some people, but a PROFESSIONAL CHEF like myself would never use a crockpot.

Sarafina said...

Wow, I didn't know you could be too "professional" to use a crockpot....

My family's been using this recipe for years, and everyone loves it. It freezes really well too.

Natty said...
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Natty said...

I want one. I will send you my address. I can has sandy, pls?

The crock pot is such an underrated appliance, mostly because professional kitchens don't use them, simply because it's not practical. I am all about redeeming the street cred of the solid home cook. Pulled pork and pulled chicken (I make something called lazy chicken with chicken thighs, a few cups of salsa, fresh garlic and onion and a beer. People clamor for it. Hmm, I think I'll make some today!) are heavenly made from a crock pot.

Don't dis the crock pot, yo!

(sorry about the deleted comment. pretty much these ideas but spelled worse.)

Elite Entrees said...

I am making this today! Can't wait!

Brown Sugar said...

I think these sandwiches look wonderful and sound tasty!

The crockpot is a wonderful invention (was the 'professional chef' being facetious/humourous?) for those of us who work all day and arrive at home too exhausted and starved to prepare and cook a decent supper every night.

My husband loves it because he gets home earlier than I do, and he can just dive into the crockpot without needing me around!

Thank you for this great recipe!

Cindy
http://www.jbkpottery.com

Cathy C said...

Hubby is going to love this - Right up my meat and potatoes guy!!

Cheers
Cathy
www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

Pretty Inside said...

My fiance is a highly skilled trained PROFESSIONAL chef and actually does work in a real kitchen. He enjoys cooking with a crock pot/slow cooker. The last thing he wants to do is prepare a meal when he gets home late. A crock pot is an amazing way to prep the meal in the morning and when you get home, voila. I will pass along this recipe to him, it looks outstanding. Check out his blog: livingstoncooks.blogspot.com

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

I made this last night! Everyone liked it. It totally reminds me of my mom's barbecue beans....she must use a similar recipe. I made it in the pressure cooker. It was done perfectly in 1 hr.