BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich

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BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich Recipe by Mr. Make It Happen


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Introduction:

It all starts with the prep work. If you prep efficiently, your overall cooking experience improves drastically. “Mise en place” is a French culinary term that translates to “putting in place” or “everything in its place.” In the context of cooking, it refers to the practice of prepping and organizing all the ingredients and equipment needed for a recipe before starting to cook. This includes tasks such as chopping vegetables, measuring out spices, and arranging utensils in a way that facilitates efficient cooking. Mise en place ensures that everything is readily accessible and helps streamline the cooking process, making it smoother and more enjoyable. Professional chefs and home cooks alike often emphasize the importance of mise en place for its ability to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and overall cooking experience.

Why Use Chuck Roast?

Chuck roast is a popular choice for making pulled beef for several reasons:

  1. Flavor: Chuck roast comes from the shoulder area of the cow, which contains a good amount of marbling and connective tissue. This marbling adds flavor and juiciness to the meat, while the connective tissue breaks down during cooking, resulting in tender, succulent beef with a rich, beefy flavor.
  2. Tenderness: Although chuck roast is a tougher cut of meat compared to some others, when cooked low and slow, such as in the process of making pulled beef, it becomes incredibly tender. The slow cooking process allows the collagen in the connective tissue to break down into gelatin, resulting in meat that practically falls apart with minimal effort.
  3. Versatility: Chuck roast is versatile and can be prepared in various ways, including braising, roasting, and slow cooking. Its versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of dishes, from traditional pot roasts to flavorful pulled beef.
  4. Affordability: Chuck roast is typically more affordable compared to premium cuts of beef, making it an economical choice for feeding a crowd or preparing meals on a budget. Despite its lower cost, chuck roast delivers, on flavor and texture when cooked properly.
  5. Availability: Chuck roast is readily available in most supermarkets and butcher shops, making it easily accessible for home cooks looking to make pulled beef or other slow-cooked dishes.

Overall, the combination of flavor, tenderness, versatility, affordability, and availability makes chuck roast an excellent choice for making delicious pulled beef that’s sure to be a hit at any meal.

Mr. Make It Happen

Japanese Steel Chef Knife

Cut your chuck roast into 2-inch pieces and season generously.

Searing Before Braising:

  1. Flavor Development: Searing meat creates a caramelized crust on the surface, known as the Maillard reaction, which enhances the flavor of the meat. This process results in rich, complex flavors that add depth to the final dish.
  2. Texture: Searing the meat helps to develop a desirable texture. It creates a crust on the outside of the meat, which not only adds flavor but also helps to seal in the juices. This crust adds a pleasant contrast to the tender, succulent meat that results from braising.
  3. Appearance: Searing the meat gives it an attractive browned color, which adds visual appeal to the dish. This can make the final presentation more appetizing and appealing to diners.
  4. Deglazing: After searing the meat, there are often flavorful browned bits (fond) left in the pan. Deglazing the pan with liquid (such as wine, broth, or water) helps to release these flavorful bits, which can then be incorporated into the braising liquid. This adds depth and complexity to the sauce or gravy that accompanies the braised meat.
  5. Improved Mouthfeel: The caramelization of the meat’s surface during searing adds a depth of flavor and enhances the overall mouthfeel of the dish. It contributes to a more satisfying eating experience by providing a combination of tender meat and flavorful crust.

Mr. Make It Happen

2pc. Hybrid Skillet

Once the meat is seared, remove it from the skillet and deglaze with the beef broth. Add in onions and the aromatics of your choice. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Add everything to the pressure cooker and set to high pressure. Set it to 55 minutes and seal the lid.

Making Sandwich Sauce:

Meanwhile, make the sauce for your sandwich. For this, you will need Mayo, Sriracha, Ketchup, AP Seasoning, and Balsamic glaze. Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1-2 tbsps sriracha
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsps diced chives
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze

Once the sauce is made, the beef is tender, and the onions are fried – it’s time to assemble the sandwich. Add some sauce to Bothe sides of bread and add a little butter to your skillet.

Shred the beef and then add your BBQ sauce. Add cheese to the bottom side of bread and then top with shredded bbq beef. Top that with fried onions and add cheese to the other side of bread if you’re feeling frisky.

Now THAT is a sandwich!

Serve with additional sauce, and some fries or chips. Enjoy!


BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich

Servings: 6 people
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooking Chuck Roast – Pressure Cooker: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Chef Knife
  • 1 Skillet for searing and frying
  • 1 Meat Thermometer optional
  • 2-3 Mixing Bowls for sauce and frying ingredients
  • 1 Deep Fryer or preferred frying dish
  • 1 Pressure Cooker

Ingredients 

Protein

  • 3 lbs chuck roast

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsps mayo
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Seasoning

  • ap seasoning and bbq seasoning
  • rosemary and thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste

Produce

  • 2 onions

Bread

  • Sourdough bread

Dairy

  • colby jack and provolone cheese

Fried Onions:

  • Fried onions, Thin sliced coated in seasoned flour and fry at 350

Sandwich Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1-2 tbsps sriracha
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsps diced chives
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
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Instructions 

  • It all starts with the prep work. If you prep efficiently, your overall cooking experience improves drastically.
  • This includes tasks such as chopping vegetables, measuring out spices, and arranging utensils in a way that facilitates efficient cooking.
  • Cut your chuck roast int 2 inch pieces and season generously.
  • Once the meat is seared, remove it from the skillet and deglaze with the beef broth.
  • Add in onions and the aromatics of your choice.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Add everything to the pressure cooker and set to high pressure. Set it to 55 minutes and seal the lid.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce for your sandwich. For this you will need Mayo, Sriracha, Ketchup, AP Seasoning, and Balsamic glaze. Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1-2 tbsps sriracha
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsps diced chives
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • Once the sauce is made, let’s fry some onions.
  • This sandwich component adds flavor and texture.
  • Coat the onions in egg wash or buttermilk and then seasoned flour.
  • Fry at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.
  • Once the sauce is made, the beef is tender, and the onions are fried – it’s time to assemble the sandwich.
  • Add some sauce to Bothe sides of bread and add a little butter to your skillet.
  • Shred the beef and then add your BBQ sauce.
  • Add cheese to the bottom side of bread and then top with shredded bbq beef.
  • Top that with fried onions and add cheese to the other side of bread if you’re feeling frisky.
  • Serve with additional sauce, and some fries or chips. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe calls for a pressure cooker, you can use a crock pot or slow cooker to cook the chuck roast but the cooking times will be longer. 

Additional Info

Course: BBQ & Grilling, Beef Recipes, Sandwiches

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About Matt Price

I’m Matt Price – A self taught “Home Chef”, or “Internet Chef”, lol, from Virginia. I’m super passionate about cooking and sharing recipes and techniques to elevate home cooking. Too many of us have drifted away from the kitchen – and my goal is to change that! Let’s Make It Happen.

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