Bourbon Barbecued Beef

Making a list—checking it twice. I make countless “to-do” lists every day. This time of year, the lists become way too long to get done 24 hours. Are you like me and race to handle what seems to be the most pressing—and then discover that some important things, like dinner, get cut off or get replaced with a cold sandwich, or worse yet, a drive through? Put a home-cooked dinner back on your list with this easy recipe.

Roxanne announced last week that our newest cookbook, 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Maker Recipes will be out next spring. It is exciting, but needless to say, we have been very busy. Now with the holidays upon us, everyone has a long “to-do” list. There’s shopping, wrapping, decorating, caroling, parties, baking, cards, shipping. . . whoa! Time for dinner just doesn’t fit. Yet, low and behold, it comes around every day—just about the same time.

This is one of my “go-to” favorites. I make it for just my family and we love it—and I made it often with my daughters were of an age that meant I had youth groups, troops and teams stopping by for casual dinners. So, get out that slow cooker and let it do the work.

I like to brown the meat before putting it in the slow cooker as I like the caramelized, deeper flavor it creates. Yet, I often just omit that step and plop the meat into the slow cooker. I often fill the slow cooker the night before, set the filled crock into the refrigerator so the next morning all I have to do is put it in the base and turn it on. The meat also is great to freeze, so I make a larger roast than I might need, and freeze some in small freezer containers so I can thaw and reheat them when the nights get really crazy.

So, here it is. A hot, barbecued beef sandwich—just right to put on your “to-do” list—because with it will come good eating and a few minutes to sit down, relax and enjoy a juicy, finger-licking-good dinner with your family.



  1. Karen Davis says:

    Kathy and Roxanne –
    “Hello” from Iowa! I’ve made this recipe at our house and it is delicious! My husband loved it. And, it is such a perfect recipe for this time of year. I hope all is going well for you both. While Christmas shopping at Kohl’s the other day with my cousin I noticed one of your cookbooks on display. I stopped in my tracks and said, “I know these ladies!” It was fun to see some familiar names on the cover.
    Happy Holidays! — Karen Davis

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