Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Last night I didn't sleep well.

I often have that problem (and see from Facebook that many of my friends do, too!). My thoughts just seems to get going in the wee hours of the morning, and I cannot fall back to sleep. Hard liquor keeps me up, too, though last night neither my thoughts nor alcohol were the culprit—it was food.

In a moment of efficiency, I started making bbq beef last night. Ah ha! It will be done by morning, and voila, no cooking tomorrow! (Making time to build a water heater for my chicken coop).

Sometime around 1 a.m. I awoke, the smell of barbeque meat wafting into my nose. In most cases that should be pleasant, but it wasn't. I couldn't stand it, and spent the next hour trying to get back to sleep by covering my face with blankets. Then I started to worry that the crock pot was going to catch fire, or that the food was burning. I imagined our fire exit plan, and wondered if I could make it out a window in a robe without tripping.

Finally, at about 2:30 a.m., I went down to the kitchen, and discovered that the vent on the crockpot lid was open. Nothing was burning however, so I closed the vent, added a touch of water and finally managed to get to sleep.

I wish I had slept better, but I tasted the final product, and it is beyond delicious. BBQ beef sandwiches tonight, and a day off from cooking! Maybe I'll go nap...

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Amounts are approximate—taste it and adjust!

1 hunk of beef (I used flank steak)

1 large clove garlic (huge), chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 small can tomato paste

¼ to ½ cup apple cider vinegar

3-4 tsp yellow mustard

few shakes Worchestershire sauce

few heaping tablespoons brown sugar

some salt and pepper

2 tsp adobo sauce (from canned chipotles)

2 tbsp ancho-honey marinade (unless you made this for another purpose, I wouldn't go to the trouble. You could just process 2 soaked, deseeded peppers, with a bit of honey and a squeeze of oj)

¼ cup apple cider

Ancho-honey Marinade (great with pork!)

3 dried anchos

one onion

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp each cumin, oregano, thyme, crushed hoja santa

½ cup oj

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp salt

2 tsp worchestershire

Preheat skillet or dutch oven on stove w/ some oil

chop onion and garlic and set aside.

Mix other ingredients and set aside

Sear meat in dutch oven until browned on both sides (about 3 minutes/side). Sprinkle with salt.

Add onions and garlic for last minute.

Place in crockpot, pour sauce over.

Cook on low for 9 hours.


Linda said...

I have many sleepless nights also and it looks like we recently shared a similar experience! I rarely use my crockpot but decided to make a roast overnight, thinking it would be great to wake up to its wonderful aroma. And, ha, when I awoke to the aroma in the middle of the night, I couldn't sleep and had to check on it. Well, your dinner sounds and looks amazing. I bet your family couldn't wait to try it!

Cajunlicious said...

Mu husband would love these! So glad I found your blog through a fellow foodie, you've got yourself a new follower! XO Jessica @ Cajunlicious

Otehlia said...

Linda, Nice to know I'm not alone:) It was not an experience I want to repeat!
Jessica, Thanks for following my blog! I will head over to yours, too! Yes, my family loved the sandwiches. Wquld be great with a slaw?

Mari said...

Hi Othelia, I am glad to follow your blog. Thanks for visiting mine. Your slow cooker BBQ beef looks delicious, I am sure the sandwiches were scrumptious :)

Thanks for the recipe.