Coffee-braised chuck roast

By Kayb
April 17, 2011
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Coffee-braised chuck roast

Author Notes: It was sitting there on my counter, thawed from its sojourn in the freezer, awaiting my intentions. Plucked from the weekly sale special at Kroger, $1.97 a pound with my Kroger card, it and two of its fellows had accompanied me home a while back. One had become a traditional pot roast, with potatos, carrots and onions. One had been whacked up into chunks for bouef bourguignon. What was to be the fate of this final one? I took a long sip of my coffee and regarded the cup thoughtfully. And that's how this beef came to be.Kayb

Serves: 6-ish

  • 1 2 1/2 to 3 pound beef chuck roast (or similar cut)
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked pimenton
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups strong black coffee
  • 1 cup Coca-cola
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients into a rub and cover all surfaces of the roast liberally. You may have rub left over; it will keep. Wrap coated roast in plastic and refrigerate overnight, or allow to sit on the counter for an hour or so.
  2. Brown roast on all sides in oil over medium high heat, in an oven-proof skillet or Dutch oven.
  3. When browned, add coffee and Coca-cola. Bring to a boil, then move to a 300 degree oven for about 3 to 4 hours. Roast should be well beyond slicing, and should be torn into chunks with a fork.
  4. Serve over white rice or arepas.

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