Monday, January 28, 2008

BBQ Beef Follow Up

Have to say that all in all the BBQ beef was a great success. Both my girlfriend and roommate enjoyed it very much and I made enough that I was able to have it for dinner tonight. You really can never make enough BBQ. It tastes great, there are always people willing to eat it and it freezes well also. Case in point would be some BBQ that my roommates mom had made him had been in our freezer for well over 6 months. All it took was a zap in the microwave and it still tasted great. I bought about two pounds of beef, but now I really wish I had bought three. I'll know for next time.

I'm also encouraged that people have found my blog. I really still don't understand how blogger operates. I tried to find other BBQ blogs on Blogger, but I couldn't find a search function that would enable me to look for other people. If anyone has any thoughts about this, please share because I would like to read other BBQ blogs.

I wanted to put the recipe up for this in case somebody else wanted to try to make it. One really great thing about Crockpot BBQ is that you can pretty much make it up as you go along, adding different things and it pretty much always comes out great because the slow cooking process makes your meat taste unbelievable so as long as you are not adding things milk and pickle juice you will definitely get some good results. That being said here is the recipe for the BBQ beef I made in the last post.

BBQ Beef a la Budweiser
2lbs of Cubed Chuck Steak or stew meat
1 tablespoon (roughly) of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 of a cup of your favorite spice rub (enough to cover all of the meat)
1 tablespoon of honey
1/3 of a beer (I went with Bud, but I would bet that there are better options)
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

1.)Put the beef cubes into a large bowl

2.)Pour the Worcestershire sauce and honey over the meat and stir it with a large spoon until the meat is evenly coated

3.)Sprinkle your rub on the meat and slowly stir it with a spoon (so it doesn't go flying everywhere) until evenly coated

4.)Pour the beef cubes into your crockpot and spread evenly along the bottom. Add the beer in as well.

5.)Cover your crockpot and set it for 12 hours on low

6.)Amuse yourself for 12 hours (going to work or sleeping are usually good options)

7.)Once 12 hours is up you will notice that a good amount of liquid has built up around the meat. I recommend draining the vast majority of it because the meat will already be very moist and does not need the additional fat.

8.)Using two forks, gently shred the beef (it will come apart very easily) and add your BBQ sauce

9.)Give it a good stir and you are ready to serve.

As you can see here the leftovers heat up just fine. I had a pretty good hunch I would be eating it soon so I kept it in the fridge, but the freezer works great too. On a side note the sugar snap peas over there are really good to. I bought them in the freezer section and they were actually really crisp and tasted fresh. Green Giant makes them (they are called Simply Steam). I gave mine a quick spray of pam and then a couple shakes of BBQ rub and they make a great addition to your meal without a whole lot of effort.

A few thoughts

In retrospect I somewhat regret buying the meat from Gristedes. Not that Gristedes is a bad supermarket or that my BBQ wasn't good, but when I was in Fairway (A New York grocery store that has an full butcher shop inside) I couldn't help but notice how much better everything looks. Since the cuts of meat primarily used in BBQ (Pork Shoulder, Chuck Steak, Brisket etc...) are so cheap (about $5 a lb) it might be worth paying a little extra for a higher quality product.

This also holds true for BBQ sauce as well. There is a whole lot of crap out there made by various food conglomerates and consisting primarily of corn syrup, artificial color and other stuff I can't even pronounce. You will really do yourself a favor if spend a little more on a quality product. Bonesuckin Sauce ( is really great stuff, but there are a lot of others out there. The main thing to look for is that there is no corn syrup or other artificial stuff and that the sauce is made up things like molasses, brown sugar and the like. Be careful because there a lot of BBQ sauces that give the appearance of being all natural but in fact are made up of the same stuff that the Kraft BBQ sauce is made from.

Things to come...

With the Superbowl coming up I would like to try my hand at making ribs. For this I will use the oven for at least some of the cooking because I think the Crockpot would make them a little too moist and they would come apart too easily. I may try a combination of the two (crockpot and oven) but I'll see what has been written about this.

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