Sunday, February 22, 2009
Spicy Shredded Beef
I love my Mom's hot, shredded beef sandwiches. (So much that I often forgo the bun in order to fit more meat in my stomach).
They are ridiculously easy to prepare and cheap. I got a 4 lb bottom roast for about 8 dollars, canned peppers for 1.50, garlic for .50, rolls for 1.50 and already had beer, spices and onions at home. So all in all this recipe costs about 13 bucks. And it feeds a small army. After cooking, I should have about 3+ pounds of shredded beef, or about 8 sandwiches.
4 lb beef roast (look for pot roast or oven roast on the label-or it should say bottom cut or chuck)
1 bottle beer (I am using a lager)
1 onion, diced
1 small head garlic, minced
1 small can diced green chilies
1 small can sliced jalapenos
1/4-1/3 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 275.
Heat up olive oil in large saute pan over medium high heat. Sear/brown beef on all sides. This browning adds a deeper flavor to the beef. Remove and place in deep oven dish. Pour beer over beef. Add peppers, onion, garlic, soy sauce and spices. Cover with aluminum foil or a baking dish cover.
Cook until meat registers an internal temperature of about 110 or a little more. The meat should fall apart easily when pulling with a fork. The importance of cooking cheaper cuts at a low temperature, is that it does not evaporate their juices, which would both dry the meat and as a result you would lose mass. A low temperature also breaks down the tough collagen into a gelatinous state, rendering the meat moist and tender.
Turn oven up to 500 to further brown the outside of the meat, this occurs quickly, in about 10 to 15 minutes, as the slow cooking draws protein and sugar laden juices to the top. Remove from oven once browned.
The total process takes about 7-8 hours, but needs little supervision during this time.
Once cool enough to handle, shred beef using your hands or with a fork, whatever is easiest for you.
Stuff dinner rolls with shredded beef and serve with yuca fries
Posted by Caitlin