My original plan for this post was a crockpot pot roast, but lo and behold, it was another botched attempt in the kitchen. I have been striking out lately! I followed a recipe, but for whatever reason my vegetables were shriveled and the meat was a little dry. I was not happy because pot roast is expensive!
Luckily, I cooked up a super easy plan to save some of that pricey beef: BBQ shredded beef sandwiches. So whether you have a less-than-stellar roast or you’re just sick of eating leftovers, try this out!
BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Smoked.)
Cheese Slices (I used mozzarella, but I bet any white would work.)
Hoagie Rolls (Not usually a fan of Trader Joe’s breads, but these were good.)
Preheat your oven to 300F.
Use a fork to rake through your leftover roast to get the shredded effect, then combine with BBQ sauce to your liking. (If I’m not sure how much to use, I always lean toward not enough over too much because you can always dip something like this.) Set aside.
Slice some red onion (I’d say half an onion if you’re making four sandwiches) thin, into half rings. Warm butter in a skillet on medium heat. Drop in the onions and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Cook until browned, and then remove from heat.
Pop your meat mixture into the microwave for a minute or two. You could also remove the onions from the pan, turn the heat to low and warm the meat in the pan—up to you.
The next part has some options as well: You either need a hot plate (what I did, just because I already had the panini maker out) or you can stick with the same skillet. Separate your meat blob into as many sandwiches as you want to make (two in my instance) and in the shape of your bread. Throw the red onions and cheese on top, and—this is the painful part—wait for it to melt. (If your meat is getting too warm and the cheese isn’t melting fast enough, you could cover it with a lid, even on the hot plate, to steam it.)
When there’s about five minutes left until the cheese to be completely melted, pop your hoagie rolls into the oven to toast up. Grab ’em out, fill ’em with the delicious meats, onions and cheese, and wa-lah! Deliciousness.
The pot roast is perfect for a grown-up weekday dinner, and then whip-up these bad boys for football Sunday. Tater tots optional.