Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BBQ Beef Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

I don't think I've raved enough about my crock pot lately. With sports, kids, two puppies and a husband that is gone (I mean somebody has to work and he doesn't seem to mind) dinner can be the last thing on your mind. Although food is ALWAYS on my mind. Miss a meal lately? Not likely!

This was so easy to put together and it smelled...oh my! It killed us all day! The Ballplayer is not a sauce fan but these arent really saucy so he loved them. Other members of my house added more sauce. The cucumber relish on top just mellows the BBQ flavor. It may sound different but a total hit with my family.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Sauce
Spice Rub
1 TB smoked paprika
1 TB garlic powder
1 TB oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne

Mix together and sprinkle all over the roast. If you get it on the counter, it's extra points! Rub in with your hands.

Heat about 2 TB oil in a pan. Brown all sides of roast. Place in the crock pot. Do not discard drippings.

In same pan place one sliced red onion.

Make sure you scape the bottom of the pan and get off all bits that might have been stuck to the pan. All flavoring.

Add 3/4 cup red wine to the pan.

Pick one you would drink. Right now I'm obsessing over this one. It's under ten bucks a bottle on sale and is good!

Add one TB Dijon mustard and 2 TB brown sugar. Just eye ball it.

Add 2 TB Brown Sugar (I just eye ball it)

Now add one cup of tomato sauce.

Mix well and dump the whole thing on top of the roast.

Cook 4 hours on high.

Pull from crockpot when the meat starts to pull apart easily with two forks

Creamy Cucumber Relish
1/2 English cucumber
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp Dill

Chop the cucumber as finely as possible. Place in a strainer. Place strainer in a bowl. Sprinkle kosher salt over and mix. Let sit at least an hour. This is to pull any extra water out of cucumber so the relish isn't watery.

Discard the excess water. Mix remaining ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes.

Serve beef on toasted buns with cucumber relish.


Jess said...

This looks amazing, from the beef to the cucumber sauce. Thank you so much for sharing. :) I have been scouring the internet for the perfect Crockpot BBQ Beef recipe and I think this is it!

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