Thursday, 3 February 2011

Recipe Thursday - Shredded Beef

Cold weather requires a more substantial meal.  A crisp green salad just doesn't cut it when the wind is whipping snow all over the place and the mercury has dipped significantly below the freezing mark.  Time to pull out the big guns.  In my family that means Shredded Beef.  This recipe has been a family favourite since I first tried it in 1996.  It is from Taste of Home August/September 1996.   I had a subscription for several years and tried many of the recipes. 
First picture shows the cooking sauce simmering.  You really must allow it to cook for the full fifteen minutes before pouring over the roast.  This lets the flavours mix really well.

Once you have poured the sauce over the beef, put it in the oven with a lid and leave it alone for a couple of hours.  You can do this in a crock pot, though the sauce will be a bit thin, so leave the lid off the crock pot while you are shredding the beef.  Note, I didn't have time to brown the beef before putting it in the oven, and  it turned out perfect.

Final step, is to remove the cooked meat from the pot and place it on a large cutting board.  I use two regular forks, one to hold the meat in place and the other to pull off strips.  Then place all the shredded meat back into the pot and serve.

Shredded Beef
1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 4 pounds)

3 tbsp cooking oil, divided
2 large onions, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1 cup beef broth
2/3 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp pepper

12 - 16 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns.

In a dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in 1 tbsp of oil.  Meanwhile, in  a large saucepan, saute onions in remaining oil until tender, about 10 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients except rolls; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Pour over the roast.  Cover and bake at 325 F for 2 hours.  Turn the roast and bake for 2 more hours or until meat is very tender.  Remove roast; shred with a fork and return to sauce.  Serve on rolls.

Note:  I didn't use the type of roast called for, I tend to use what ever cut is on sale, this time it was an outside round.  Choose the cut you like and can afford.  The long cooking is a great tenderizer.  You can skip the salt if you wish, since there is enough in the ketchup and the chili sauce.  This time I used a Thai Sweet and Spicy sauce and it added a little extra kick.  I often use plum sauce instead of chili sauce.  Don't be afraid to substitute for any item you don't happen to have in your pantry.

I served this to my parents and my dad even asked for some to take home for dinner the next day.

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Barb said...

Yummy....making me hungry!!

Barb said...

Yummy....making me hungry!!

joanna said...

Yum, this sounds great! and warming! I don't like cooking large pieces of meat, I wonder if the sauce would work as more of a stew? I'll have to try!

The Single Nester said...

I am a fan of shredded beef, pulled pork . . . yummy!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Oooooh my. My mouth is absolutely watering. If I weren't snowed in right now I'd be off to the store to buy the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing; I'm printing it out now. :-)

Joy Weese Moll said...

That looks so good. Especially since I just came in from shoveling snow!

caite said...

yes, I think this would be perfect in the crock pot...

Beth F said...

I often make shredded pork but never really remember that I can make shredded beef. This recipe looks delicious and easy.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

You almost changed my plans for dinner tonight with this one... I am so making this in the next few days!

Margot said...

I can't wait to try this one out for myself. It sounds like one of those recipes that becomes a classic. Obviously, it's done that for you and your family. I'm glad you shared it.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh does that look good. I know we'd all like it!

Marie said...

This looks great. I'm saving the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Hi Heather. Thanks for posting this recipe. Tried it last night and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it!