Coffee and beef go together like…. uh… well all other things that go together great. The coffee flavor mellows and enriches the beefy taste. My favorite way to use this coffee rub for beef is on smoked beef brisket. I give the meat a nice generous coating of the rub and let it sit overnight before smoking it until nice and incredibly tender. Perfect. And that’s not the only great use of this rub, either. A little sprinkle on burgers just before grilling them really gives them a fantastic rich different flavor. You can use whatever coffee suits your fancy, but for me, the best is the coffee from Cafe du Monde. It has a wonderful chicory flavor that is incredibly rich and compliments beef perfectly. You can now find Cafe du Monde coffee in most grocery stores, thankfully, so you don’t have to go to New Orleans to get it. However, going to New Orleans is never a bad idea, so next time you go, bring back some coffee.
Well, hot diggity dog! Get me some cheese and crackers and fast! This beef summer sausage came out tasting fantastic! Perfect texture, too. Boy, I could not have been happier with it. Great beefy flavor with a hint of smoke and pepper. I made my beef summer sausage ‘log’ a bit bigger round than I had thought, close to 2 inches. Not that that was a bad thing, but next time I’ll shoot for a size that fits more perfectly onto a cracker. A little meaty overhang isn’t a bad thing, mind you.
And I might add a bit of heat next time. I’m thinking that a few good sized pinches of red pepper flake ought to do it!
It was a cold day. The kind of day that screams stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. These slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls hit the spot and then some. They’re pretty easy to make, couldn’t get any easier to cook, and are the perfect cold-day food. Ground pork and beef get mixed with rice and a few spices to make a tender, flavorful stuffing. The rolls are bathed in a wonderful tomato sauce that reminds you of tomato soup (for a reason, since it contains tomato soup). You can’t eat just one, that’s for sure! The next time I make slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls I might add a bit of heat to spice things up a bit. I’m not sure. They’re mighty good as they are. I am sure I’d double the amount of sauce, though. The sauce is mighty darned good.
Remove the core from the cabbage but keep the leaves intact.
Carefully lower the cabbage into the water. Boil for 2 minutes then remove and let cool slightly before gently removing any softened leaves that will come off without tearing, Return the head to the water and continue boiling/removing leaves until you have 12 nice large leaves.
Chop any remaining cabbage and use it to line the bottom of your slow cooker.
Place the remaining cabbage roll ingredients into a large bowl and combine well.
Working in batches, lay out a cabbage leaf and spoon 1/3 cup of the meat mixture into the middle. Roll the leaf up like a burrito, folding the sides in to seal it as you go. Place into your slow cooker, seam-side down.
Place cooker on low. Add the sauce (see below), cover, and cook for 8 hours.
Let cool 15 minutes before serving with sauce spoon over the tops.
This peppered jerky was my second (very successful) attempt at making jerky on my newly-acquired Nesco Snackmaster Pro dehydrator. I (and my neighbors) were very pleased with the first batch which was Cajun-flavored. I followed the same simple process and in 14 hours we were all enjoying peppered jerky. The jerky had a nice light pepper flavor with just a bit of spicy kick. The pepper was not overwhelming at all, but it was there just enough to be very enjoyable. You can leave out the heat, but I always prefer a bit of kick to my jerky. If this is your first time using your Snackmaster Pro to make jerky, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way so far. First, start with lean beef (I prefer top round). Place the beef into the freeze for about 90 minutes then slice it thin (1/4″ or slightly thinner) using a meat slicer. Second, follow the recipe below. No shortcuts. The marinade may have a strong odor at first, but that’s normal. Last, don’t over-dry the meat. Check it after 5 hours, or sooner if you cut your meat thinner than 3/16″ thick. Bend the jerky in the middle. If it just starts to tear it’s done. If it just bends, you need to dry it longer. Once you do a batch you’ll have the process down to an art!
This recipe is for starting with 1 pound of meat. You'll end up with about 1/2 pound in the end. You can easily double/triple/etc this recipe for large quantities of meat, however 5-6 pounds is about all you can fit onto a Nescao Snackmaster Pro fitted with 12 trays (the unit comes with 5).
Prep Time 8hours
Cook Time 6hours
Total Time 14hours
Servings 1/2 pound
1poundbeef top roundsliced against the grain, 1/4" or thinner
1/2tablespoonto taste, red pepper flake (optional)
1scant teaspoon pink curing saltoptional if you're going to refrigerate the finished product
Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, red pepper flake if using, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
Remove meat from the marinade and place flat onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays from bottom to top every 2 hours or so.
To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good.
You make a po boy and I’ll eat it. You make a messy, dripping po boy and I’ll devour it. The messier, the better. It has to drip and run all over the place. That way I can dip my bread in the juices. Perfect. Like this slow cooker beef debris po boy.
‘Debris’ refers to beef that is cooked and then cut into shreds. In this case, we cut the beef first then cook it until it completely falls apart. The sauce is absolutely incredible. You’ll want to just take a spoonful of it and eat it right out of the slow cooker.
The aroma of the beef cooking in the delicious sauce will drive you crazy all day long. You will find yourself doing like I did, trying to rush the clock forward to dinnertime. Fortunately this recipe for a slow cooker beef debris po boy makes a big batch so you’ll have plenty of it on hand to enjoy again and again.
Nothing beats a big pot (er…. slow cooker) of chili slow cooking all day long on a cold day. This slow cooker Lone Star State chili is pretty much your standard fantastic, beefy, yummy chili. With plenty of kick, of course. Do not fear adding more jalapenos – they do mellow a bit as the chili cooks throughout the day.
For a nice twist on any recipe that uses canned diced tomatoes substitute fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead. They add so much more flavor than just ‘regular’ ole tomatoes. If you’re lucky enough to live where there are good fresh tomatoes this time of year, put 3-4 onto the grill (or under the broiler) for a few minutes until they are nice and charred. Skin them, dice them and toss them into this chili for even more great tomato flavor.
Although it’s not a requirement, I prefer to brown any meats before I put them into the slow cooker. The browning adds color (of course) and a much better texture. And more flavor.
Not too long ago I made a Maryland-style pit beef on my smoker. It came out fantastic, but left me wanting to try the same idea again, but make it easier. And when I think easy, I think about my Char-Broil Big Easy. So off I went, and let me tell you, this Maryland pit beef is fantastic. The flavor is just insane. The meat is so tender and juicy, with just a bit of a nice crust. Perfect on a sandwich.
The Big Easy cooks high-and-fast, and you want this Maryland pit beef to come off rare, so keep an eye on it. I went about 5 degrees further than I wanted, but I was still absolutely thrilled with the results. I made simple sandwiches from this beef after slicing it thin. Just a bit of Sriracha horseradish sauce and that’s it. That’s all it needed. The beef has such great flavor that I didn’t want to hide it with onion or lettuce or tomato… or anything.
Sprinkle all sides of the beef with 3-4 tablespoons of the rub. Don't be shy with it.
Wrap the beef tightly in foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days, turning every 12 hours. The longer, the more flavor.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Remove the roast from foil and place into the Big Easy basket. Lower into the cooker and cook until the center reaches 125 F for rare, about 45 minutes. It's easy to over-cook the beef, so start checking the temperature after 30 minutes.
Remove from the cooker and let rest 10 minutes before slicing thin.
For the sandwiches
Toast buns, if desired
Slather buns with the sauce.
Add plenty of onion then mound up the thinly-sliced beef.
I love smoking chuck roast. It’s a cheap cut of meat that takes on great smoke flavor, while still having that great beefy taste. It’s usually fuss-free and doesn’t take too long to cook until fall-apart tender. I’ve done a few variations before, including a Cajun-style chuck roast to an incredible smoked pot roast. This smoked pepper stout beef is as great as any I’ve ever made. Great peppery flavor with a hint of the beer and incredibly tender. Perfect on a sandwich or by itself with mashed potatoes. For our simple pepper stout beef on-a-bun sandwiches I mixed up a batch of creamy horseradish sauce. The sauce is incredible, with just a hint of horseradish. It goes perfectly with any beef-based sandwich. I added a few slices of provolone, which continue that slight smoky flavor you’ll get from the sandwich. You could also serve the au jus on the side, serving the sandwiches up as a take on a French dip. Perfect!
I love smoking chuck roast. It’s an expensive cut that takes on flavors without a lot of work. Also try my Asian-inspired smoked marinated chuck roast.
14 ounce can chopped jalapenos (not pickled, or substitute 3-4 large fresh jalapenos, chopped)
112 ounce bottle Guinness Extra Stout
Fire up your smoker for cooking 225 - 250 F. Use a light wood such as hickory.
Season the beef heavily with salt and pepper. Don't be shy with the pepper.
Smoke until the beef reaches 165 F.
Add remaining ingredients to an aluminum pan and place the beef on top. Cover with foil and continue smoking until the internal temperature reaches 200-205 F, or the beef is completely fall-apart tender.
Remove from smoker and let cook slightly before shredding the beef.
Pour the sauce from the pan through a sieve and transfer to a pot. Add the beef and simmer until slightly thickened.
Wow, this Maryland-style pit beef is incredible. So very flavorful. Incredibly flavorful. Easily the best tasting (smoked) roast beef I’ve ever had. A good amount of the meat disappeared while I was slicing it, that’s for sure.
This beef is so incredibly tender. I used a top round, which isn’t a cheap cut, but you could substitute a bottom round if you have to. If you want even more tender meat and great flavor, a top sirloin can also be substituted but you’re going to pay for it. I found the top round was just perfect.
If you ‘fear’ rare beef, do not. If you overcook this pit beef you will not have a happy day. Keep it rare and enjoy the wonderful juices and flavors. Although I have a meat slicer, I ended up slicing this Maryland-style pit beef roast with my chef’s knife. It’s a Wusthof, and it has a lot of use on it. A lot. Although I sharpen my knives by hand, I recently purchased a Chef’s Choice 1520 sharpener that is absolutely amazing. My knives are incredibly sharp now. The sharpener is one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. It only takes minutes to use, and it supports both 20 degree (European) and 15 degree (Asian) knives, which is a really nice feature to have.
Combine the remaining ingredients and rub on all sides of the meat. Depending on the size of the roast you might need all of the seasoning.
Wrap up in foil and seal tightly.
On the smoker
Fire up a smoker for cooking 225 - 250 F. Use hickory chunks or fruit wood.
Place beef on smoker and cook until the internal temperature reaches 135 F. For my 3 pound round, this took about 4 hours, but you should start checking yours after 3 hours depending on the size, shape, temperature conditions.
Remove meat from smoker and wrap in foil for at least 30 minutes before slicing against the grain.
On the grill
Fire up a grill for direct and indirect cooking.
Place beef on grill over direct heat and sear on all sides.
Move to indirect heat and cook until the internal temperature reaches 135 F.
Remove meat from grill and wrap in foil for at least 30 minutes before slicing against the grain.
For the sandwiches
Toast buns, if desired
Slather buns with the sauce.
Add plenty of onion then mound up the thinly-sliced beef.
This was my first time making prime rib on my Char-Broil Big Easy. It will definitely not be the last time. Preparation and cooking were, as always with the Big Easy, easy. And the end result was just crazy good. Tender, beefy and just flat out delicious. Incredible. This ended up being one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
I started with an almost-five pound rib roast. All I did was salt and pepper it. Nothing fru-fru. Just rubbed it on and into the Big Easy. About 2 hours later the meat hit 125 F (and a bit higher in spots, so next time I’ll keep a closer eye on it). The weather was chilly, mid 50s, with some pretty good winds. I had expected the cook time to be 15 minutes/pound, but it ended up closer to 20 minutes/pound. After resting and slicing I served the prime rib with homemade au jus, Sriracha horseradish dipping sauce, cedar planked Cajun mashed potatoes, and grilled Cajun green beans.
Everything on the plate was fantastic. I highly recommend making prime rib in the Big Easy.
Combine the salt and pepper and rub over all sides of the rib roast.
Put the roast into a cooking basket and put into the Big Easy. Insert an cooking thermometer into the meatiest part of the roast.
Cook about 15 minutes/pound or until the meat reaches 125 F. Note: 125 F will give you a rare roast. If your guests prefer their meat done medium-well or well, slice and then finish on a grill instead of cooking the entire roast to a high temperature.
Once the desired doneness has been reached remove the roast to a baking pan and cover with foil and a kitchen towel. Let rest 20 minutes.