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Incredibly stupid Pepper Stout FAIL, mostly salvaged.

TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,651
It's not easy, when you get old, my friends.  I used to joke with my wife, saying, "Dementia isn't all it's cracked up to be..." ha ha, but it's less and less funny as we both get more and more forgetful and just less competent.  Oh well.  Last night, at least it wasn't my fault -- the store sold me some shrimp that were just too old, and didn't smell or taste good.  But I cooked them perfectly well.

Tonight, though, I thought I'd try Pepper Stout Beef for the first time.  Smoked it fine (it looks bloody in the picture below, but it wasn't, something about the sunlight made it look that way), put the stuff in the Dutch Oven, put the chuck roast on it, BUT for some reason my addled old brain decided I'd take the Plate Setter out as I reset the vents for 350°, so the overall temperature was right, but the radiant heat hitting the DO directly from the fire had the stuff boiling away MUCH faster than it should have, and when I checked it after a while, thinking I would just be poking it to see how tender it was, most of the veggies were black carbon!

I shut it all down, brought the meat inside, started with fresh ingredients for the veggies, stout, etc., and simmered it in a stainless dutch oven on the stove.  It actually turned out pretty good, and my wife pronounced it "absolutely delicious!"  I really think I could taste some of the burnt flavor in the meat from my screw-up, but it was still actually pretty darn good.  I had mine on a bun with a slice of provolone, and she had hers plain.


  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,364
    Glad you could salvaged some of the cook.
    I've had a few pizza topping meals.

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,636
    "Absolutely delicious"-Winner!!!  All part of the learning curve of cooking great food.  Nice recovery brother.
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  • g8golferg8golfer Posts: 1,025
    @Theophan do you have the recipe or the exact steps you used? Like to try this sometime but have no clue what do to. Great save by the way. 
  • CigarCityEggerCigarCityEgger Posts: 2,109
    Looks great from here! Im also curious for the steps if you don't mind sharing 
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,651

    Thanks everybody for the kind comments!

    g8golfer said:
    @Theophan do you have the recipe or the exact steps you used? Like to try this sometime but have no clue what do to. Great save by the way. 
    MANY people here have raved about this, and someone posted a link to this:
    and said it was the original recipe he went from, anyway, so it's what I used, too.

    I only found a 2.7 lb roast, and it was just for me and my wife, anyway, so I made a little more than half the recipe.
  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,877
    Salvaged is a plus my friend, we all live and learn. The pics look very tasty I'd say you pulled it off!
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  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 3,359
    Nice work bringing this one back from the scrap heap. Sure looks good to me.
    Stillwater, MN
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,631
    Great audible and recovery.  Congrats on bringing it home.  
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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 8,189
    Adapt and overcome!!! 

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,629
    Good save! :plus_one:
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  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,651
    Thanks, everybody, for the very kind comments.  I get worried, sometimes, about how I just don't think I would have made that stupid a mistake, years ago.  Oh well, it turned out pretty well, considering.  And I liked this better than the other pulled beef recipes I've tried.  I've tried Clay's pulled beef, which was delicious, and a recipe somewhat similar to the Pepper Stout Beef, had no stout but beef broth and pepperoncini, and it was really good, too.  But despite my messing it up, I think I like this Pepper Stout Beef the best.  Really good.

    Thanks again, my friends.
  • CtTOPGUNCtTOPGUN Posts: 595
     Parts of the benefit to grilling/BBQing experience is the ability to adapt to problems that arise. Good save!
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  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,184
    Gonna give this one a shot...Thanks for sharing.
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