I really am lazy about cooking during the week. Just ask my family.
I have learned to take just about every shortcut to the dinner table and love to prepare weeknight dinners that require very few ingredients, very little time and a minimum of effort.
To justify my weekday laziness, I make sure that weeknight dinners are not fussy or complicated. I still try to use fresh ingredients, but I really downgrade the effort.
I have a repertoire of tried and true simple and delicious weeknight dinner recipes. All require very little prep time. Some cook or roast quickly. Others cook all day.
This one is prepared in the morning, just before I start my day. It is made in the crockpot and once the ingredients are placed, it requires virtually no attention. It cooks all day, so that it greets you at the end of the day with the wonderful aroma and taste of slow cooked pulled beef.
The pulled beef is best pulled or shredded an hour or two before eating and then returned to the sauce in the crockpot. It can also be pulled or shredded and eaten right before serving, but will yield a slightly drier product. It is up to your schedule and taste.
It can be served on a roll or over a bed of pasta or rice. I like it best served alongside a shredded or spiralized salad. Here I have served it with a side of rutabaga and edamame salad.
This recipe has the elements of a lazy dinner, but the taste of a most delicious and decadent weeknight dinner.
It is simple…and it truly infuses the lazy with wow.
small boneless roast to fit your crockpot (I use a london broil or small brisket)
2-3 onions and/or shallots, peeled and cut into wedges
4-5 cloves garlic (optional)
3-4 stalks celery, cut into 1-2 inch sections (optional)
1/2 cup water or broth
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
2-3 tablespoons brandy (optional)
your favorite seasoning or rub (optional)
Cut onions, shallots, celery and garlic and place on bottom of crockpot. Place roast on top of vegetables. If roast is larger than crockpot, just cut to fit and place in two layers, one on top of the other. Dilute barbecue sauce with water or both. Pour diluted barbecue sauce and brandy over roast.
Set crockpot to high or auto (see notes below) and cook for 6-8 hours.
About an hour before serving, remove beef from crockpot. Place two forks in the center of the roasts, tines against tines and pull toward edges of roast. Keep pulling until the roast is shredded. Return roast to crockpot, ladle some sauce over the shredded beef and set to low or auto until ready to serve.