Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beer-Cooked Pot Roast


I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love my crock pot. I also happen to love beer. When I saw this recipe, I considered throwing it together right away and eating it for Monday morning breakfast. Why? Because I have some major issues that need to be addressed. But, I digress.

This is really good, and really simple. Ridiculously simple, in fact. I almost hesitate to blog it because it isn't really cooking, and there isn't even any preparation involved, just dump it into the crock pot before work, set the timer, and come home to deliciousness. This is PERFECT for a weeknight meal, or for busy moms, or for people who like to sit at home all day and smell dinner cooking. In fact, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now, unless you don't like beer....in which case, I don't think we can be friends anymore.

Beer-Cooked Pot Roast

2-3 lb. chuck roast (or your favorite pot roast type-beef)
Salt & pepper
2 envelopes Italian dressing mix
1 envelope onion (I used onion and mushroom) dressing or soup mix
1 T. garlic powder
2 bottles light beer

Light season beef with salt and pepper. Throw it in the crock pot. Pour in the Italian dressing seasonings, followed by the onion soup mix. Top that with the garlic powder. Pour in the beer (resist the urge to take a swig if you're leaving for work soon). Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

That's it. No, really. That's it.

Notes:
  • I have a large crock pot, which comes in super for big parties and dinners, but not so for dinner for two. Because of this, I usually top the meal with a piece of foil to fake out the roast. It doesn't work perfectly, but it's saved many a crock pot meal in the Frazzoo house.
  • This comes out amazingly tender and perfect. It's almost unreal.
  • Some reviewers said they used a dark beer and then made gravy and the gravy was bitter. I stuck with light beer because that's what we had on hand, but a nice Guinness would be great here.
  • We gobbled this up. It's perfect for busy nights and busy people. Life is good.

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