A few weeks before Rosh Hashana, when I was trying to figure out our menu for Shabbos of the first round of upcoming three-day Yamim Tovim, I came up with this recipe. I didn't want to leave on a flame or oven (thank you three-day yahrzeit candle) but the food still needed to be fresh, easy and delicious. Enter the Crockpot and this heavenly pulled beef.
This recipe calls for really simple pantry staples. Maybe you’re thinking that wine and sumac aren’t really staples. Well, I used to think that way too, until I bought my first bag (yes bag, it comes that way too) of sumac four years ago. If you are not familiar with sumac, it is a fragrant Middle Eastern spice with a bright lemony flavor and beautiful purple hue. (Read How To Make The Most of Your Sumac) And as for wine… Once I started cooking with it; it became so apparent why people have been cooking with it forever! Wine adds such a depth of flavor – plus I get to drink the leftovers!
Aside from the meat, I also put in red onion and potatoes. This is for two reasons. Firstly as a buffer so the meat doesn't sit directly on the bottom of the Crockpot and burn. Secondly, so we could smash those ridiculously flavorful potatoes into the tacos! Seriously, when you wake up on Shabbos morning the house will be filled with the most incredible aroma ever!
You don’t have to use the pulled beef for tacos. You could use it however you like. And if making this recipe for Shabbos just isn’t for you, then go ahead and make it for dinner another night of the week. Either way, please make it and enjoy it and come back here to comment and let me know how you like it!