Now I know that the Spring season is upon us and it's really not the time for a warm bowl of beef stew but to be honest, I just don't care! Although I love making seasonal dishes I also like to make sure not to forget about my other seasonal favourites like this yummy beef stew. I like to change up my beef stew recipe now and then and add a little different flavour base to make people go wide eyed when they eat it. This time around it was smokey flavoured BBQ sauce. Now I have to admit a little bit of this stew goes a long way since it is packed full of flavour. I highly recommend eating this with tons of crusty bread. Just mop up all of that stewy goodness with the bread and you have a very filling meal that is sure to bring tons of smiles around the dinner table.

Serves 3

  • 1 lb stewed beef, cubed
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced thick
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cup beef stock (or red wine)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup smokey barbeque sauce
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • crusty bread, sliced (when serving)

1. Take the beef and pat it dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large pot, on medium high heat, and sear the meat on both sides for 5 minutes. Add in the onion slices, garlic and fresh rosemary. Saute for 2 minutes.

2. Add in the sliced carrots, and celery slices, cook for 2 minutes for colour. Then pour in the beef stock, ketchup, smokey BBQ sauce and the diced tomatoes. Give the mixture a good stir, drop the heat down to a gentle simmer and place the lid on. Cook for a good 1-1/2 hrs, giving the stew a stir every 20 or so minutes. You will know when the stew is finished cooking once the meat starts to easily fall apart. Serve immediately with slices of crusty bread.

Cook's tip: If you find the sauce is thickening much too quickly for you before the meat is really tender, add in a little more water or stock. I recommend doing this 1/2 cup at a time.

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