As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been using my crock pot more and more lately. Yesterday, I made up my own recipe for chopped beef, and took pictures of the process on the off chance that it turned out okay, and it did!
I was originally planning to use brisket, but the grocery store didn’t have any the size I wanted. They did have this “value” pack of beef tips for stew, so I figured, “Why Not?” and went with it.
I started by putting the beef in the crock pot, and covering it with a jar of pickles, juice and all. I figured the vinegar would help make the meat nice and tender.
Next I added a bottle of barbecue sauce…
I let that simmer on low all day.
After about 5 or 6 hours it smelled lovely, and looked like this:
It was very watery, and the meat was still in large chunks. Now, I could have taken the time to just shred the meat – it was fall apart tender – but I remembered that I had just read a tip on Pinterest about shredding cooked chicken in a stand mixer, and I thought I’d give that a try.
So, I put my hot meat (and what was left of the pickles – they cooked down a lot) into my mixing bowl, and used the paddle attachment to blend it for about 10-20 seconds.
The results were awesome!
It looked like real chopped beef! (Imagine that!) I took the beef and put it back into the crock pot with all that flavorful juice, and left it on low until it was time to eat.
I topped the chopped beef with some grated cheese on homemade buns. It was YUMMY.
This made a TON of meat. As I said, I used the “value pack” of stew beef. I fed my brother and sister-in-law plus my family of 5 and still have an entire container left over. I plan to use it on baked potatoes later this week. (That I’m going to try cooking in the crock pot – another thing gleaned from Pinterest. I think I may need an intervention).