HONEY BEER BRAISED BBQ BEEF

When I was making dinner one night, I took a good look at package of stewed beef chunks that I had de-thawed earlier and I knew I didn't want to make another beef stew. Although the traditional beef stew is absolutely delicious I wanted to make beef with a serious BBQ flavour. I had bought a can of honey beer the night before so I figured why not put the two together. Turned out to be a perfect pairing and there was even some beer left to drink. This is a good one to serve with a nice crusty bread. The beef is tender, the sauce is thick, and the best part, has a deep barbeque flavour mmmm.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef chunks, boneless for stew (usually 1 package from the grocery store)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • small package of baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup Deep flavoured BBQ sauce
  • Honey flavoured beer i.e. Sleeman's Honey Brown Lager Beer (half of a 473 ml can)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes with juice (preferably from a can)
  • 1 bay leaf

1. Take a large pot and preheat it on medium high heat. Drizzle in 2 tbsp of olive oil and sear the beef chunk pieces. Do this for a good 3-4 minutes and add in the chopped onion. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, chili powder, and saute the onion and beef mixture for another 3 minutes to develop the flavour.

2. Add and stir in the chopped celery and baby carrots. Saute for a minute then add in 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce, half a can of honey beer, the diced tomatoes and the bay leaf. Stir all the liquid ingredients together and let it come up to a boil for about 3 minutes.

3. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and cover the pot. Cook the braised beef for about 45-50 minutes or until the beef is tender. Make sure to stir the braised beef a couple times during cooking to make sure that the beef doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. Make sure to cover the pot again to continue cooking. Serve with thick slices of crusty warm bread.

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