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
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.