Barbecued Pulled Beef Sandwiches
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://www.fureyandthefeast.com/2009/07/pulled-beef-sandwiches/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Cynthia Furey
We are so funny about our food. I love the enthusiasm and the ritual of a summer barbecue as much as the next person, but I miss the days of throwing some meat on a grill – naked of any bells and whistles or what have you – and just going with the flow. Some of the best steaks I’ve had are the meat-plus-fire kind, minus any marinades or sauces.
So when I’m making pulled pork or beef, I like to season it only with salt and pepper before it goes on a grill. No secret ingredients. When I bypass the grill and make it in the oven (gasp!), not even the purists seem to notice.
I like to serve this pulled beef slider-style with sweet Hawaiian rolls and grilled pineapples. (You can also sub pork shoulder for beef.) If you’re going this route, you may need to season your beef again, after you add barbecue sauce. And with the addition of bacon (seriously, why not?), you get some of the salt you need to cut through the sweetness. As for sauce, I haven’t had a chance to perfect my own (yet another ritual in itself), so I experiment with the gazillion bottles of sauce out there to try. I like Stubb’s barbecue sauce, for a more vinegary North Carolina taste.