Things were quieter around town this year compared to last year. Last year was the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and the area was bursting at the seams with Bikers, their Bikes, and all of the stuff that goes with a huge gathering of people.
How many people? Somewhere between 500,000 and a million. There is an "official" count, but really, no one knows exactly how many people show up. You don't have to buy a ticket. You don't have to sign in. Just ride into town on your bike prepared to have fun.
But you know me - this is my brand of fun:
No traffic. Zero. *sighs with contentment*
That, and simple suppers with my family.
Now that we're half-way through August, our weather is beginning to ease into cooler temperatures. Not quite autumn crispness yet, but there's a hint in the air...
And I've been using my crock pot again.
Last week was a "live out of the pantry" week, so I scrounged around for a recipe that would fit my ingredients. I ended up with these delicious sandwiches. Not quite pulled-pork, not quite barbecue. You'll have to try them...
Black Hills Shredded Beef Sandwiches
You need to start out with some beef. (Kav, cover your eyes!)
|A note of explanation - we buy our beef by the half and fill|
our freezer. That "not for sale" means that the processor isn't supposed
to sell our beef on their retail side. It doesn't mean there is
anything wrong with it!
Brown your roast in a couple Tablespoons of oil, cooking each side just long enough to seal in the juices.
Meanwhile, chop up an onion so you have about 1/4 cup finely chopped pieces.
When the meat is browned, transfer it to your slow cooker and throw the onion in the pan. Cook until translucent - three or four minutes.
Put the onion on top of the beef in the crock pot, and add 1 cup beef broth.
Sometimes I use canned broth (either store-bought or that I've made myself), but I also like this beef base from Das Essenhaus.
|You can buy this soup base from the Essenhaus restaurant|
HERE, or you can do what I do and pick some up
whenever you're in Middlebury, Indiana.
See that "no MSG added"? When you're sensitive to the chemical, you look for that little detail. :)
Just mix 3/4 teaspoon beef base with one cup hot water, and then pour it over the meat and onions in your slow cooker.
Set on low and cook for 6 to 8 to 10 hours.
I love my slow cooker....
About an hour or so before your meal, take the meat out of the slow cooker and let it cool slightly. Reserve about 1 1/2 cups broth in your cooker, and save the rest to add to the dog's food tomorrow morning. (Believe me, they love it!)
Shred the beef, removing any excess fat and the bones. Return the shredded beef to your slow cooker.
Now add the following ingredients:
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 drops Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Mix it all together, set your slow cooker on High, and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour.
Serve on buns, and enjoy!
What is your favorite no-time-in-the-kitchen summer meal?
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.
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