BBQ pot roast beef

This recipe is really quite frugal and stretches well to a few meals, roast the beef then turn it into a few dishes over a couple of days. In the old days it was just what people did but now it seems to be a whole new fashionable ‘idea’ using up the leftovers instead of throwing them out. I used topside of beef in this recipe because I managed to get a good deal it would be just as lovely made with brisket.

Once cooked you’ll be left with a lovely tender piece of roast beef and a gorgeous spicy BBQ sauce.

what you need:

  • 1.5-2kg piece of beef for pot roasting
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 large plum tomatoes chopped
  • 2 peppers chunkily chopped
  • 1 large red onion chunkily chopped
  • 3 fat cloves of garlic
  • 2 red chillies – pierce holes into them a few times – don’t chop
  • 4 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp english mustard
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • a large squelch of ketchup
  • pint of boiling water
  • splash of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

what you do:

  • preheat the oven to 170C (fan oven)
  • prepare your veggies – peel/chunkily chop
  • finely chop the garlic
  • add a splash of olive oil to a large oven proof pan and gently fry the onions, garlic, peppers and plum tomatoes
  • when softened add the tinned tomatoes, pierced chillies, worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, english mustard, paprika, ketchup and pour in the boiling water.
  • add your beef to the pan – sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • transfer to the oven and cook for around 3 hours until the beef is falling apart.

to serve:

think frugally when serving this, really make it stretch.

  • firstly we had this as strips of meat in the bbq sauce with rice and greens
  • we also had strips of meat in baguette with the sauce smeared over
  • it made an appearance thinly sliced and smattered with mustard for packed lunches
  • and finally the remainder was chopped up finely and fried in some chilli oil until crispy & sprinkled over spicy sticky ginger vegetable rice.


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