Want to learn a few tricks of the trade? These techniques will help bring out the best in your beef cooking.
Shredding beef is a great short cut for making quick and hearty meals. Shredded beef can be used as an ingredient in everything from appetizers to main dishes. Good choices for shredding include brisket, bottom round and chuck roasts.
Cooking it Yourself
- 3 lbs. boneless beef roast, cut into four large chunks
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons pepper
- ¾ cup water
Option 1 - Slow cooker:
In slow cooker, place onion and garlic; top with beef chunks. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper, add water. Cover and cook on low, 9 - 9½ hours, or until beef is tender. (Or follow your slow cooker manufacturer’s instructions for cooking times and temperatures.)
Remove beef and cool slightly. Trim and discard excess fat from cooked beef. Shred beef with 2 forks.
Option 2 - Range top or oven:
Slowly brown beef on all sides in a small amount of oil in a heavy pan. Pour off drippings. Season beef as desired.
Add small amount (½ - 2 cups) of liquid (broth, water, juice, beer or wine).
Using Convenient Beef Products
Fully-cooked, heat-and-eat beef products can be a short cut when preparing shredded beef recipes. Prepare a heat and eat beef brisket or pot roast according to package directions and shred with two forks. View our Express Meal Starters to find a list of available heat-and-eat beef products in your area.
For shredded beef recipes, search the Recipe Book.
Carving is an important step to creating a great beef eating experience. If you carve beef too quickly after cooking, your steaks can be dry and your roasts tough and stringy. Letting the beef stand for only a couple of minutes can make all the difference. It gives the natural juices time to redistribute and reduces moisture loss. So, how long do you wait? Follow these guidelines:
- Steaks - wait 1 to 2 minutes
- Roasts - wait 10 to 15 minutes, keep covered
- Always use a sharp knife. You can use a butcher’s steel to ensure sharpness.
- Place roast or steak on a wooden cutting board to prevent slipping.
- For best results, carve meat into slices by cutting across the grain.
Building a Fire
Lay charcoal in a grid-like fashion so all briquettes are overlapping and touching. A double layer of charcoal in an 8 x 8 grid will give you up to 40 to 50 minutes of cooking time.
Generously cover coals with lighter fluid and light. Let it burn down about 30 minutes until it reaches 350°F to 375°F. To determine the temperature of the coals, use a hand count or a grill thermometer. Hand Count - Cautiously hold the palm of your hand four inches above the cooking rack. Coals are ready when you can hold your hand there for four seconds.
Bring out the beef, you're ready to grill!
- Airflow is key to controlling the temperature of the grill. Circulation of air will cause coals to burn hotter. Adjust the vents on the bottom of the grill to increase or decrease airflow.
- Use a wire brush to clean the cooking grid. The grid cleans better when it’s hot. An onion, split in two halves will also work well to clean the cooking grid.