July 27, 2010
Too hot to cook, well almost
On the menu for tonight's supper was Crockpot BBQ Beef, Broccoli Raisin Salad, chips and ice cream with homemade fudge sauce. I should have taken a picture of everything but we were in a hurry to eat dinner as my DS's, DH and DIL were all playing in a church softball league game right after supper.
I have had this recipe for Crockpot BBQ Beef for over 20 years and I always have the ingredients on hand. The original recipe is as follows:
3 lbs. stewing beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
Combine all of the ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours in a crockpot. Mix with wire whisk to shred meat and serve on buns.
My tweak from this original recipe is that I use a rump roast instead of the stewing beef. I can get a rump roast on sale for $1.99 a lb. When they are on sale, I buy a couple. Yes, a rump roast is a very tough cut of meat but if you do what I do, you end up with a pretty tender piece of beef. I take the rump roast and cut it up into 3 inch chunks, dredge them in a flour, salt and pepper mixture and then brown the chunks in oil on all sides. Then I place these in the crockpot. I stir together the rest of the ingredients, except I don't add quite as much sugar or salt, and pour over the meat. Cook this on low for about 6 hours, remove the beef chunks to cut up or shred and then put back in the crockpot. The sauce will be thick, which I like as when you serve it on buns, the sauce doesn't drip out all over.
Also, I use a rump roast to make beef and noodles or vegetable beef soup. I use the same technique as above by cutting into chunks and browning before making it into soup or whatever.
Broccoli Raisin Salad
I don't really have a recipe for this one. I cut up fresh broccoli flowerets, chop some onion and carrots. I take about 8 slices of bacon and fry it up and then crumble. Then I mix together some Miracle Whip, add some sugar to taste, thin it with a little milk and add a little vinegar. Mix the broccoli, onion, carrots and bacon with the salad dressing mixture and add some raisins and that is it. Sometimes I add cauliflower and grapes in place of the carrots to this salad. Just depends on what is on sale and what I have on hand at the time.
I posted my recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce the other day. Next time I am going to use mint chocolate chips instead of the semi sweet chocolate chips for a change. I think that will be delicious.
I did a lot of laundry today and hung the clothes out on the line to dry. It was nice to know that while I was doing the laundry, my dinner was all set.