Crockpot Wednesday: October 4, 2017-Blue Plate Special to benefit THEA



Stacy Bowers from the THEA foundation was on to talk about a great event October 16 and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s the Facebook link to the event.  Lisa Fischer is one of the local personalities that will be your greeter!


Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Makes enough meat to stuff 30 tacos

4 canned chipotles in adobo sauce, minced, plus all the adobo sauce it sits in
1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 head garlic, peeled and cloves smashed
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Juice of 4 limes
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 to 7 pounds beef brisket
4 to 6 cups beef or chicken stock
5 bay leaves

To serve:
30 corn tortillas, warmed
Diced onions
Minced cilantro

Place the chipotle peppers and their sauce, cilantro, red onion, garlic, clove, salt, lime juice, and cider vinegar in a 7-quart or larger slow cooker until combined (if you have a food processor, you can also pulse till combined before adding). Place the brisket on top of this mixture. (Cut the brisket into a few pieces if necessary to better fit in the slow cooker.) Add stock to cover the meat and place the bay leaves on top. Use tongs to turn the meat a few times in the sauce.

Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook until the meat shreds easily with 2 forks, 8 to 10 hours on low.

Transfer the meat to a rimmed baking sheet. Use 2 forks to pull the meat apart. Discard the fat, if desired (although if you plan on frying it again before use, the small fat bits are extra tasty and should be kept!). Place the shredded beef in a large bowl and ladle the cooking liquid over the top a few scoops at a time. You want the meat to hold the liquid but not swim in it; you might not need to use all of the cooking liquid. (The leftover liquid is very tasty and can be frozen in cube-sized portions for use in later dishes.)

To keep the barbacoa warm for guests, you can return the shredded beef to your slow cooker and keep it warm on the WARM setting. Serve with tortillas, onion, cilantro, and salsa.

Recipe Note

  • Doubling this recipe: If your slow cooker is large enough to hold double the amount of meat, you can simply double the recipe. Otherwise, plan ahead and make two batches back to back. Once the meat is shredded, it should be reduced enough in volume to be warmed in a single slow cooker.
  • Using other cuts of meat: Other than brisket, any tough “roast” cut will work — shoulder or rump roast, top or bottom round. Similar cuts of pork, lamb, or goat also make fine substitutes.
  • Storage: The shredded beef can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


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