Barbecue Braised Beef Sandwich

Flank is a tough cut of meat from the loin of the beef that when cooked properly turns into a meltingly flavorful and tender dish–and when I say cooked properly, I mean braised, slowly, and left to its own devices. You can prepare this recipe on a Sunday evening and serve delicious sandwiches for lunch or dinner–which is exactly what I did. The braising process takes a few hours, but if you’re craving a middle of the week barbecue dish, pull out your slow cooker, set it on low before you walk on the door to head to work, and come home to a feast usually reserved for the weekends.

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Prep Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Ready In: 3 hours and 50 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings

2 1/2 pounds flank steak
3 tablespoons Get ‘Em Girl Essential Barbecue Rub* or your favorite barbecue rub
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 to 6 Kaiser rolls, for serving

1. Rinse the flank steak under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the essential barbecue rub all over the flank steak, and place in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. Add the olive oil, onion, salt, and garlic to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the onions begin to soften. Add the remaining ingredients, except the rolls, to the saucepan and cook and stir until heated through.

3. Transfer the flank steak to a Dutch oven and pour the barbecue sauce over the flank steak; cover tightly and braise in the oven until fork tender, about  2 to 2 1/2 hours.

4. Transfer the brisket to a platter and using two forks, begin pulling the beef apart. Serve atop toasted rolls with additional sauce on the side.

*Get ‘Em Girl Essential Barbecue Rub recipe can be found on page 35 of The Get ‘Em Girls’ Guide to the Perfect Get-Together

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  • How I Make $300 a Day Online June 17, 2009, 8:44 pm

    Hey, great post, really well written. You should blog more about this.