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Braised Chuck Steak in Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue SteakThis could also alternately be titled “Smothered Steak, Texas Style.”

Sometimes I wonder how my mother managed to feed a husband and four kids – we weren’t exactly rolling in dough when I was growing up.  We ate a lot of chicken, ground beef, canned tuna, Spam, hot dogs and beans.  (Canned green beans were also big – so much so that I wouldn’t buy them for years after I left home.)  Every once in awhile, though, Mom would buy inexpensive cuts of pork and beef – the kind that do well with slow, moist cooking methods – if they were on sale, and this was one of her favorite ways to cook chuck or round steak.

I cooked it whenever I could when Oldest Son and Darling Daughter were growing up, as I was also cash-strapped for quite some time, but largely forgot about it the last few years as my income grew and I discovered things like, oh, Filet Mignon and sashimi grade tuna.  Then, in the last year or so, our local grocery store began to have a great many wicked buy-one-get-one-free sales on things like whole roasting chickens, pork loin and various cuts of beef, including chuck and round steaks, and I found myself with a freezer full of meat that my mother would have had a…um…cow over.

At any rate, I made this one night recently on a whim, and to say it was a rip-roaring success here at the Sushi Bar (especially with The Eternally Picky Young One) would be an understatement; even Beloved loves it.  Although this is only barbecue sauce in the loosest sense, it is still a simple, relatively inexpensive main dish and really, really good with mashed potatoes, steamed rice or handmade buttered egg noodles, which I’ll post a recipe for later this week.

Braised Chuck Steak in Barbecue Sauce

serves 4 – 6

1 1/2 pounds chuck (or round) steak, cut into serving-sized portions

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 can cream of tomato soup

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Season steaks lightly with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Brown in oil, about 3 – 4 minutes, on each side.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine soup, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper.  Mix well and pour over steaks; lower heat and cover skillet.

Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until steak is tender, stirring occasionally (add a little hot water from time to time if sauce becomes too thick).  Uncover and continue cooking until sauce thickens, if needed.


Oh, Jan, you are sabotaging my diet again. This looks great. Now I’m hungry.

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tricia says:

This does look great. I sometimes wonder the same about my parents and think about how difficult it must have been to do what they did while raising three children. We used to eat a lot of canned vegetables, too.

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Be says:

This is really yummy! 4 Tums Up!

Although this isn’t on my diet either, I could make this because it’s all the things I already have and I could throw it in the crock pot and walk away. I’ll give this a try but thanks a lot of sabotaging my diet!! grrrr….

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Yummy! Thanks for the reminder. I have a very similar recipe and haven’t made this for years and years! It’s so easy, how could I have forgotten about it!

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Irish Gumbo says:

Jan, I’m going to feel really bad about the measly little chicken wings I was going to take out of the bag and bake according to instructions, for dinner tonight. Sigh.

I do have it in mind for later this week, though, to make a big ol’ pot of Texas Red, do you forgive me? Especially since I was going to make my own chile powder (guajillos and and anchos, mmm…)

BTW, the latest post thingy is behind, I can’t get it to update. I have 3 posts after that one, another on the way; Maybe something to do w/ Feedburner, I’ll ping it.

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goodfather says:

Mmmmmm, that looks delicous! You know, I think I COULD get all the ingredients at Walmart for this one.

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thistle says:

sounds like a recipe i need to pass onto the crockpot mad crowd…

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