Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Trailer Trash Pot Roast

The thing that got my attention about this recipe is the name, Trailer Trash Pot Roast, how could I not make this? Originally I thought this was a crock pot recipe and on Sunday night I pulled out all the ingredients to prepare for in the morning and thankfully I read through the recipe start to finish only then realizing that it is not infact a crock pot recipe. "Well, this one will just have to wait until I have a day off". Today is that day off, well at least from my 9-5 job that it. It could easily be made into a crockpot recipe and I might actually make it again using that method.

Let me just tell you that this roast made the entire house smell so delicious! I had never even heard of chili sauce before now but am already trying to come up with other ways to use it. I love being introduced to new products and especially new recipes. I did change one tiny thing about this recipe and that was the cooking time. I wanted to start it in the morning and have it be ready when Baby Cakes gets off work so I started it around 9:30 am and am letting it cook through until about 4:00 pm. I’ll let you know how it turns out, obviously.

I’ve made recipe from here before but I will give credit where credit is due and share her blog, as this recipe is from there, Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy. If you haven’t been there before go check her out now. Her entire blog is full of recipes that give the reason for her blog name, stop by and find some things to make.

Trailer Trash Pot Roast
revised from Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy

3 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 lb. beef chuck roast
salt and pepper to season roast
12 oz. Coca Cola
1 packet dry Lipton Onion Soup
1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
1 large or 2 small onions, peeled and quartered
3 large carrots or 5 small carrots, scrubbed and chopped into chunks
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup Coca Cola
2 cups water

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the roast on both sides with salt and pepper and sear the meat until browned, again on both sides. It took about 6 minutes per side to get a good brown crust. Remove from heat and set aside for just a moment.

Whisk the soup mix, chili sauce and coke together in a bowl. Pour about half of the mixture into the dutch oven and use it to deglaze the pan. Place the roast back into the dish and cover with the remaining sauce mixture. Cover and bake 3 hours.

Add the chopped onions and carrots into the pot with the roast, cover with 1 cup of water and continue baking for another 2-3 hours or until the vegetables and meat are fork tender.

Once it is done scoop out the roast, carrots and most of the onions and set aside in a bowl or on a platter. Set the pot over medium/low heat and add the coca cola to the pan, deglaze and then whisk in the brown sugar and remaining water. Bring to a boil and thicken a bit. Place the roast and veggies back into the "gravy" and heat through.

Serve it with mashed potatoes or buttered noodles and enjoy.

We had ours with mashed potatoes and let me tell you Baby Cakes ate 2 bowls of his own plus my leftovers. He loved it. I on the other hand wasn't so sure. Maybe I'm just used to my Mom's roast or maybe it was the chili sauce, hence why I doctored it up and added brown sugar at the end. So overall we have one person who LOVED it and one person who wouldn't order it at a resturant but doesn't hate it. You'll have to make this one and judge for yourself.

Nom, nom, nom,

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