Ways to cook beef shoulder

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    Ways to cook beef shoulder

    Beef shoulder, also known as chuck beef or beef clod, makes a delicious entrée as it is inexpensive and it can be cooked in a variety of different ways. Cooking beef shoulder is a fairly simple endeavour, which makes it an ideal choice when preparing a meal for a large number of people.

    Beef shoulder is a versatile dish. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

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    Baking

    Before baking your beef shoulder, you’ll want to marinate or season it with desired spices and let it refrigerate for a few hours so it can absorb the delicious flavours. To cook a beef shoulder traditionally, simply bake it at 160 degrees C (325 degrees F) for 2 to 3 hours. For some extra flavour, and if you would like the option of homemade gravy, you can add beef broth into the baking pan before it goes In the oven; this will also make vegetables taste delicious. Then simply wrap the whole thing with aluminium foil and bake. You can slice your beef shoulder and serve with vegetables and mashed potatoes or save it for beef sandwiches.

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    Shredded beef

    For a delicious and tender shredded beef, start by grilling or pan frying the entire beef shoulder to braise it. This will help seal in the juices and ensure your meat cooks more evenly. Next, boil the meat for 4 to 6 hours in a pot or a slow cooker until the meat is tender enough to be shredded with a fork. Once it has reached the desired tenderness, drain the excess water and shred the beef shoulder until all the meat is removed. Use it for delicious barbecue beef sandwiches by mixing equal parts ketchup and French dressing. Mix that with your shredded beef, heat, and serve a scoopful on a bun. You can also mix shredded beef with taco seasoning and water in a pan and serve it in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or whatever Mexican entrée you like best.

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    Stew

    To make beef shoulder stew, bake the beef shoulder and then cube it to desired bite sizes for stew. For your stew you’ll need 474 ml (2 cups) of water, a large chopped onion, 1 can of beef broth, 1 can of stewed tomatoes or 1/2 ketchup, and your choice of vegetables chopped. Then heat the stew for a few hours in a slow cooker, on the stove for 20 minutes, or you can even bake it in the oven, covered.

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