One of my favorite ways to cook cheap cuts of meat is using wine or beer to tenderize the meat. It does such a great job of tenderizing the meat. I have been using this trick for a long time. Not only does it tenderize it, it gives food an extra depth of flavor. It really adds to the overall taste of the dish.
I don’t like the smell or taste of alcohol. The smell is terrible to me. I can’t stand it. I can’t stand the way it tastes. Well, ok it has been years since I tasted wine and I have never tasted beer, but from what I remember wine tastes terrible. I have been told that you acquire a taste, but I don’t care to, thank you. For several reasons my husband and I choose not to drink. But I love what wine and beer does to food when you cook with it. I keep it on hand to use just for cooking.
Many chefs and cooks, much better at cooking then me, say, “Don’t cook with what you would not drink.” By this they mean that you should not use cheap wine when cooking. Well, this is easy for me since I don’t drink any of it, I just buy what is cheapest. Really, I am not about to buy really expensive wine to use on a cheap piece of meat or in a stew. I just don’t see the point. But, maybe I am wrong. Maybe someday I will buy a nice bottle of wine and give it a try, but for now, cheap will do.
So, today’s recipe contains alcohol, can you tell? I really like this recipe. It is so easy and so good. It works great for just about any roast. But I prefer to use a cheaper, tougher cut for a recipe like this. Cooking it in the crockpot and using beer tenderizes it, so why use something that does not need tenderized?
Quick and Easy Crockpot Roast
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 package of dry onion soup mix
- 1 cup bottled chili sauce
- 12 ounces of beer
- 4 to 5 lbs of roast, chuck, brisket, whatever cut you choose
Place the roast in crockpot. Place onions on top. In a small bowl combine onion soup mix, chili sauce, and beer. Pour mixture over roast. Cook on low in crockpot for 7-8 hours or until done.
You can eat this just like this is or you can place it on bread or a bun and eat it like a sandwich.
Did I say how quick and easy this is?