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Beef and Lamb Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

Boy, oh boy, do I have a recipe for you! These Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs are melt-in-your-mouth amazing.

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The Whole Foods in Venice was having a fantastic sale on boneless beef short ribs, so Travis and I knew we couldn’t go home without them. I thought they would be perfect to throw into the slow cooker on Sunday morning and leave to cook all day long. Since summer is in the air, I wanted to give these a BBQ flair as opposed to your typical winter beef slow cooker recipes.

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Aside from the short ribs, I had all the remaining ingredients in my fridge and pantry, so hopefully you do, too! After seven hours of cooking at a low temperature, these Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs just melt in your mouth. I regretted not buying double the beef because I know we would have enjoyed eating these again and again.

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I served these Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs with homemade sweet potato fries. It was the perfect Sunday night dinner!

 

Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2lbs boneless beef short ribs, fat trimmed, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add one Tablespoon of the canola oil. When the oil is hot, add half of the short ribs to the pan. Brown on all sides (do not cook fully). Once browned, transfer to a plate. Add another Tablespoon of oil to the pan and repeat until all short ribs are browned.
  2. Transfer the short ribs to a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix all remaining ingredients (ketchup through mustard). Add the ketchup mixture to the slow cooker with the ribs, making sure to coat all the pieces. Set the slow cooker to low for 7 hours. After 7 hours the ribs will be incredibly tender. Serve with extra sauce from the slow cooker.
 

Beef and Lamb Gluten-Free Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I think it is safe to say I am slow cooker obsessed.

Let me preface all of this by saying, yes, I know I am WAAAAAY late to the slow cooker game. For a while now, everyone  has been telling me that I needed to get one. Given my busy work schedule and limited time in the evenings, I always acknowledged it would be a very helpful appliance to have in my kitchen. I loved the idea of coming home from a long day of work and having dinner already made and ready to eat!

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When I arrived back to LA last week from my trip to Boston, there was a GIGANTIC package sitting on my porch. I was ecstatic when I opened it up to find a new shiny slow cooker from my brother and sister-in-law for the holidays! Seriously. Perfect. Gift. Remember when I told you Dave is the #1 gift giver? Well, he and Morgan nailed it again.

I broke in my slow cooker this weekend by making a delicious beef stew.

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Travis and I prepped everything after breakfast on Sunday morning and then threw it all into the slow cooker for 7 hours.

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I have made beef stews in my dutch-oven before, but despite long cooking times in an oven on very low heat, I still always found the beef was never as tender as I would have liked. I was excited to see what would happen to the beef this time by using the slow cooker.

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Holy Moly, was this beef tender! It was falling apart just by the slightest touch from my fork — just the way I like it.

The best part was that when the evening rolled around (Sunday evening always seems to come too soon, doesn’t it?), I didn’t have to do anything! I just stirred in a few final ingredients and the stew was warm and ready to eat!

This was the most delicious beef stew I have ever had. The addition of the brown ale really amps up the flavor in the broth and after slow cooking all day, the beef, carrots, and potatoes were so tender and soaked with rich flavor through and through.

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Travis and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was one of those meals where we both sat there not talking to each other, just saying “Mmmmm” with every bite we took.

Yup, I am so hooked on slow cooking. I am honestly sorry I waited this long to try it! If any of you guys have great slow cooker recipes, please pass them my way. I am ready to try everything!

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs trimmed boneless chuck roast, cut into 2 inch pieces (I recommend buying 2.5lbs because once you trim the excess fat it will be about 2 lbs)
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced in half and cut into ½ inch thick slices
  • 12oz Nut Brown Ale (I used Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale)
  • 1¼ cups unsalted beef stock, divided* (I used Stock Options Classic Beef Stock)
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Parsley for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the beef with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Add about a teaspoon of oil to the pan. Add half of the beef to the pan, cook for 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the beef from the pan and place in a heat-proof bowl. Repeat by adding another teaspoon of oil and the remaining beef. Remove the beef and any leftover juices from the pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the garlic and onions and saute for about 4 minutes. Add the ale to the pan, scraping down to loosen any bits from the bottom. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of stock and the remaining 1¼ teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper (*NOTE: If you could only find salted beef stock omit the added salt at this point, but add the pepper). Bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add the beef, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.
  4. Combine the remaining ¼ cup stock and flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir the flour mixture into the stew and cook for 13-15 minutes until thickened. Stir in the red wine vinegar and dijon. Discard the bay leaves. Serve with fresh parsley.
Notes
**Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

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Beef and Lamb Grilling

Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I can’t decide what is better – having that extra day to relax OR having a short work week. What do you think?

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Did you grill this weekend? Ever since we got our new Weber Grill two weeks ago, we have grilled almost every night. We can’t get enough of it!

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Up until now we haven’t had room for a grill, so we always used our favorite Lodge cast-iron grill pan. I love the grill pan and it does have it’s advantages (e.g. it is much faster to heat up than the charcoal grill). But, given the opportunity (and provided I have enough patience that evening to let the grill heat up) I think going forward we will always opt for the grill. That yummy charcoal flavor on beef, steak, shrimp, corn is really incomparable.

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These grilled ground beef kebabs were a last minute creation. I was really not in the mood for a burger (I had In ‘N Out the day before – and let’s be real people, you just can’t outdo In-N-Out), so we decided to use our ground beef to make something different.

I honestly did not know what to expect – but, HOLY SMOKES, these were out of this world. They were even better than the beef kebabs I had on my birthday dinner (and we went to a very authentic Mediterranean restaurant)!

The ingredients are very simple, and I will bet you already have most of them. It is the combination of spices and the delicious grilled char that really makes these special.

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They grill up quickly, so be sure to watch them to make sure they do not overcook.

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We ate ground beef kebabs with grilled onion and bell pepper, grilled corn on the cob, and roasted red pepper hummus for dipping. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

 

Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (we used 93/7 from Whole Foods)
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • pinch teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5-6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (ground beef through ground black pepper) in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Separate the mixture into 5-6 balls. Roll each into a log about 1.5 inches thick and 5-6 inches long. Insert a skewer through each log. Place on a baking sheet or cutting board and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this part is important to ensure the meat holds together when they are grilled).
  3. Heat a charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Grill the kebabs for 3-4 minutes on first side and then flip and grill for an additional 3 minutes, making sure to watch them as to not overcook. Remove from grill and serve immediately with hummus and/or tzatiki.