One 3 to 4 pound pot roast (chuck roast), trimmed of extra fat

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

5 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 stalks celery, halved

6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cups beef stock

2 cups red wine, preferably a dry and full-bodied variety

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

10 to 12 sprigs thyme

1 bay leaf

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1 lemon, halved

1/2 sheet focaccia bread

Chow-Chow (recipe)


Total Time:  15 hr 10 min

Prep:  1 hr 25 min

Inactive:  8 hr 30 min

Cook:  5 hr 15 min

Yield:  6 to 8 servings


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Season the meat well with salt and pepper and dust with the flour, shaking off any excess. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large pot with an oven-proof lid over medium-high heat. Add the meat, and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the pot and add the onions, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. You are looking to caramelize the outside and soften them up a bit, about 5 minutes. If the bottom of the pan is getting too dark, add a tablespoon or two of water and scrape with the wooden spoon.

Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Place the meat back in the pot and add the beef stock, wine, tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, and 2 teaspoons ground black pepper. Cook for a minute or two, just to combine everything. Cover the pot and throw it in the oven.

Cook for 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 250 degrees F., and continue to cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the meat is fork-tender.

Remove the meat and set it aside. Strain the sauce through a large wire mesh strainer or colander, discarding the solids. Return the sauce to the pot over medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce reduces to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Finish the sauce by adding a little hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon to clean up the flavor Season with salt to taste.

Shred the roast using 2 forks and return it to the sauce, tossing to coat. Slice the focaccia in half horizontally to make a giant sandwich. Place the meat on the bottom half of the focaccia, top with the chow-chow and place the remaining piece of focaccia on top. Skewer with toothpicks and then cut into pieces.


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