Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shredded Beef In The Pressure Cooker

Bev had gone freezer diving and came out with a package she thought was steaks, but , after thawing, it turned out to be beef chuck short ribs (I'd never seen them before this) and since they were boneless, I assumed they were akin to pork country ribs.

She then decided she wanted to freeze some and take it on vacation with her (annual trip to Sint Maarten) so I went searching for a recipe that would work and ended up combining several.  Braising is the preferred cooking method, but I got a late start so I pulled out the new pressure cooker (PC) for the job and made shredded beef again - crock pot last time.

3# beef chuck short ribs
2 tsp. bacon grease
2 tsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, rough chop
1 bell pepper, rough chop
2 stalks celery, rough chop
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. mild chimayo chile powder
2 cups beef broth

1. Use the food processor to fine dice the veggies (I wanted them to disappear into the final product).
2. Heat bacon grease and oil in the PC pan and season meat with S&P.
3. Add the meat to the pan so as not to crowd, brown on all sides, and remove to a plate.  Bev didn't want gravy, go they were not floured prior to browning.

4. Add vegetables to the pan and cook 10 minutes (or until nearly dry), scrapping up the fond, then add garlic and cook a couple more minutes.

5. Deglaze the pan (if still needed) with beef broth then add it all along with the herbs & spices, and stir well.
6. Add the beef ribs to the pan, making sure they are covered, put the lid on the pressure cooker and cook at low pressure for 45 minutes.
7. Remove the meat to a cutting board, shred, and add back to the pan.
8. Stir well, serve, and enjoy.  

It was very good and we just topped some smashed potatoes with the meat, but it would be great on a sandwich, in a burrito, and with many other dishes.  This post is obviously about the recipe and not the photo J 

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. Looks great and perfect to take with her on her trip. Your post reminds me I need to clean out my freezer...

  2. I've often pulled something out of the freezer and planned our meal only to find out it wasn't what I thought it was. But you improvise much better than I do. Looks really good.

  3. I don't know Larry - the photo of the meat on the potatoes has me hungry! I've never tried a pressure cooker even though I have one in my cabinet. I usually do the slow & low method so my house smells good all day. :)

  4. I use chuck boneless short ribs all the time. The shredded beef with be perfect for Bev to take with her.

  5. Have you tried on the electric pressure cookers I have read about recently?

    1. No we haven't - we've always had the regular kind and use it for more than pressure cooking.

  6. Yay! You fired up the presure cooker! Great job!

  7. Love your cover photo Larry. Spring can't come soon enough for me. We used to eat boneless short ribs all the time but then we changed butchers (cities actually) and I never find them anymore. We marinated and grilled them most often. Looks wonderful!

  8. I've never seen beef chuck short ribs here! The recipe sounds delicious and full of wonderful flavors.

  9. Larry, Beef short ribs...cooked slow...are really hard to beat! Great flavor even with just a little pepper, salt and not too much else. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  10. Oh man, slow cooked short ribs are so delicious. This is a beautiful way to enjoy them.


  11. I love beef short ribs... they are perfect for shredded beef too!! This makes me wish I had a pressure cooker!! Yes, yes, I know I could do it in the crock pot, but still... a girl can dream, right? :)

  12. Hi There, We are home from George's fabulous birthday trip. I will blog about it tomorrow. It was truly a trip we will be talking about for a VERY long time!!!!

    Amazing what a good cook/chef can do with a piece of meat.... That looks awesome.... You have made me hungry!!!!! YUM.

  13. I got a pressure cooker for Christmas last year and have used it exactly once. And it's because I don't know how to use it and the instruction booklet was horrid with description. I think this recipe sounds delicious and I'll let you know if I get brave and give that pressure cooker another try.

  14. So, your picture is still better than mine and you say the post obviously isn't about the picture? *sigh* The ribs look great. This recipe would work on a boneless cut, too. Hope Bev enjoys her annual trip, leaving you and Madison to mind the pups. At least spring is on the way.

  15. Man that sounds great. Good shredded beef like that is just as useful as pulled pork. You can use it in breakfast, lunch or dinner and in a variety of dishes like you said. I'll give you a call tomorrow.

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