Sex and the City, Beef, and Mistakes...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Good Evening!

I'm just watching reruns of Sex and the City right now. It's the first time in a while that Cosmo has played some episodes that I haven't seen already. Sadly, they never play them in any order at all, so someday I'll have to splurge on the DVDs. 

Anyways, I made this awesome Barbecue Pulled Beef for supper last night. My step-mom always used to make it when I lived with her and my Dad for a while. It is SO delicious, and so easy because you just toss it in the crock pot in the morning and then deal with it just before supper. I don't know where she got the recipe from, so we'll just say she is wonderful for introducing it to me! 

An inexpensive roast or round steak
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp dijon mustard (ok, you can use plain if you don't have dijon)
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
buns (see note below!)

Mix together all the ingredients except for the beef, then add your beef. Make sure the beef is coated with sauce. Turn the crock pot onto low and leave it for a long time! A small or even medium piece of meat should be done in 9 - 10 hours, but a larger piece could take up to 12 hours. If in doubt, allow 12 hours and check after 9 or 10. Pull the meat out and use two forks to pull the meat apart. It should shred very easily. Pour off 1/4 - 1/2 of the sauce and return well shredded beef to the sauce and mix well.

If the meat is done early, switch your crock pot to "warm" and leave it until you're ready. Put the beef on some buns and enjoy! 

Note: I used some whole wheat hamburger buns this time, but there was a lot of sauce so it kind of drenched the bottom half of the buns. Delicious but sloppy. That may be why my step-mom always served this on Italian rolls (they are crusty on the outside and deal with the sauce a little better)

Finally, onto mistakes. I transplanted some of my little tomato and chilli pepper sprouts. Then I got carried away and organized the ones still in the old pot so that they would be spaced more appropriately. Bad idea. They are now hanging on for dear life. One little tomato plant is still doing pretty well, and it's funny that it is the one my son pulled out with his little fingers and stuck in his slobbery little mouth. I guess he gave it a little treat. The herbs are still doing really well, and I'm hoping that the tomatoes and peppers will pull through. I'll keep you posted!

Have a good evening!

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