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Hi.. Two nights ago my husband made bottom round roast medium rare.. He wants to know if braised will it soften and fall apart like pulled pork or short ribs?

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nutcakes
added almost 8 years ago

Yes it will. Use any combination of beef broth, wine, tomatoes as your braising liquid. Low and slow heat, covered, for a couple of hours.

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amysarah
amysarah

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added almost 8 years ago

Timing depends on size of piece of meat you're braising - two hours may yield a pot roast, i.e., still intact enough to cut into slices; braised longer, it will fall apart. I usually use brisket for Grandma's pot roast, but chuck or round for stracotto, the Italian version - braised with red wine, beef broth, garlic, fresh rosemary and sometimes porcini. Cooked until it falls apart, served over polenta or papardelle - seriously one of my favorite things to eat.

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amysarah
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added almost 8 years ago

Oops, forgot the tomatoes in the Stracotto I described above. Gotta have the tomatoes.

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hardlikearmour
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added almost 8 years ago

For the meat to fall apart the collagen needs to dissolve. In order to dissolve the collagen the meat needs to have an internal temperature of about 200 F for about an hour. Braising will keep it from drying out.

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mejesster
added almost 8 years ago

Bottom round doesn't have enough connective tissue or fat for it to make a good cut for braising. It will sort of fall apart if cooked for long enough, but it's not ideal.

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