Monday, September 19, 2011

How to use leftover smoked Tri Tip

My husband smoked this weekend...  fabulous tri tip in his smoker. He had soaked it in teriyaki sauce overnight. O.M.G. I think it was my favorite one yet, since he started smoking meats about six years ago (I am pretty sure it all started when we lived in Nevada).

Anyway, surprisingly, we had leftovers! He gave me permission to use the meat however I wanted to in dinners this week. First thing that came to my mind was crockpot... Stroganoff... 'cause let's face it, stroganoff with ground beef gets boring, simple and fast, but boring. However, I went to the pantry on my break from work (I work as a transcriptionist from home) and found a single packet of "HOT" chili mix. Jackpot!

So I diced up the meat, added 3 quarts of canned tomatoes to dilute the heat in the seasoning, the seasoning packet, stirred up and turned the crockpot on low. I didn't even set the timer. About 4:00pm this afternoon I added cornstarch to thicken the chili. Oh, I also had my son add some fresh tomatoes from the garden. *NOTE* do not add cornstarch directly to the hot soup, it will clump. Mix the cornstarch with cold water until all clumps are gone and stir it into the hot liquid. I turned the crockpot up to high for about 30 minutes so that he cornstarch would thicken.

Serving homemade cornbread with Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter!

I <3 my crockpot!

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