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A flavor for BBQ

We are leaving for a road trip out to to Nashville, TN tomrrow morning.  I am very excited since we have never been out that way before.  In anticipation of visiting that part of the country, I been having a major hankering for BBQ.  So in the spirit of our upcoming trip, I cooked a BBQ Beef Stew.  I used a top round beef that has less fat in it than other types of beef.   This allows you to watch your calorie and fat intake while still enjoying a hearty dinner.

Enjoy and happy BBQing!!

Beef BBQ Stew

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 ½ – 2 hours


2 pounds top round beef – trimmed of any fat

Salt and pepper to season beef

1 cup strong coffee

1 cup crushed tomatoes from a can

1 cup beer

½ cup ketchup

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons chili powder

¼ cup brown sugar

½ – 1 jalapeno (depending on personal preference) – finely chopped

3 cloves garlic – minced

½ teaspoon liquid smoke

1 teaspoon smoke salt

1 tablespoon corn starch

¼ cup water


  1. Cut beef into 1-inch cubes. Heat a large deep skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray.  Season beef with salt and pepper and add to skillet.  Brown beef for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine coffee, crushed tomatoes, beer, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, liquid smoke and smoke salt then add to skillet with beef.  Bring mixture to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 1 ½ – 2 hours until beef is very tender.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove beef and spoon into a serving bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water then add to sauce in pan.  Bring to boil, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick.  Pour sauce over beef and serve.

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 300                                              Fat = 7 grams

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