My famous Coke Roast recipe (stolen from my mama)...
I never thought growing up close to my kids' grandparents was going to happen. For a few years, we all lived on opposite ends of the country - us in Seattle, Brian's parents in Georgia, and my parents in New Jersey. The distance was tough, but we stayed in touch, as families do.
Naturally, I turned to food, cooking the classic staples from my youth to warm the soul and transport my kitchen right back to yesteryear.
One of my all-time favorite recipes is Coke Roast - or "Beef BBQ," as my family called it - a tender beef roast soaked in a simple and savory sauce, shredded and served on extra wide egg noodles. It's easy to make and quite delicious, if I do say so myself.
As fate would have it, our family is all together again! Both sets of parents are here, as are my brother and Brian's sister and their spouses, too.
Seeing our family regularly and spending the holidays with them is everything. The kids get giddy-level excited to see their grandparents and aunts and uncles regularly... and who can ask for more than that? I’m ever so thankful for their close proximity.
So in the spirit of gratitude, here’s my recipe for COKE ROAST, the ultimate comfort food. It's not really my recipe - I think it came from a Coca-Cola recipe book Mom got when we first moved to Georgia 20+ years ago - but I've adopted it as my own, a recipe I turn to time and time again.
It's foolproof, which is great for those of us who are culinary-challenged, and it's deliciously warm for the soul. All you have to do is brown the meat, cover it with a few saucy ingredients, and pop it in the oven.
There is one prerequisite: a dutch oven.
The very best version of this dish is made in a Le Creuset - which was an investment for us, but well worth every pretty penny. In my pre-Le-Creuset life, we used a cast iron skillet to brown the meat then placed it into an old hand-me-down dutch oven for the roasting.
And without further ado... here's the recipe. Enjoy!
Note: I've tried adding an onion or a veggie here or there, but was never happy with the outcome. Try it though, and let me know if you can improve on this recipe!
3-4 lb. Chuck Roast (or round roast, or whatever roast you can find)
12-16 oz. of Coca-Cola (I use the real sugar "Mexican" Coke when I can find it)
12 oz. (1 bottle) of Chili Sauce
1 Tbsp. of your favorite hot sauce
2 Tbsp. of Worcestershire Sauce
1 bag of egg noodles
Season and brown the chuck roast in a lightly oiled dutch oven. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the meat (the mixture will cover about half of it). Place the lid on the dutch oven and roast in a 350° oven for 3.5 hours. Set it and forget it.
Seriously, leave it alone!
Remove your roast from the oven and CAREFULLY fork the beef into shreds - done right, the meat should fall apart nicely. Serve over cooked egg noodles.
You can serve it with a veggie if you like - peas and carrots, perhaps - but in my opinion, no veggies are necessary.