**This post is funded by The Beef Checkoff and brought to you by The Motherhood. All opinions in this blog are my own.
Looking for a frugal meal idea? I’ve got a great one for you.
To make it even better, the main ingredient is probably not one you think of when frugal is mentioned. However, if you have been checking out the grocery ads recently, you might just have a guess.
That’s because the main ingredient is one that has been a loss leader in the ads the last several weeks. Not familiar with the term loss leader? It’s a product that the store puts on a great sale to get you in the doors. One of the main loss leaders recently has been beef.
The reason is this season, beef retail prices are down nearly 10 percent from the highest prices in late 2014, making it easier on your wallet. Great news as we plan holiday meals and work at maintaining a budget while buying presents.
Since you can expect to be seeing lower prices at the meat case in your grocery retailer, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of these prices as you shop for roasts, steaks and ground beef this season.
Once you get that great savings on beef, here are some excellent holiday recipe ideas from BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com.
- Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs
- Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce
- Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries
Each of these are sure to impress your guests and not totally break the budget given the decreasing costs of beef. To make it even more frugal, just keep your eyes open for those loss leaders at the grocery stores.
I used one of those loss leaders and a recipe from BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com to make a delicious Crockpot Tuesday recipe. My meat loving husband absouletely loved it. He said it tasted just like the Jack Daniel Glazed Steaks he often order at TGI Friday. Guess that makes sense since the dish is Slow Cooked Whiskey Molasses Shredded Beef, and I actually used some Jack Daniels Tennesse Honey Whiskey that we had left over from making Hot Toddys last year when we were all sick with pneumonia.
Not only is the meal super tasty, but it also is really quick to put together. You don’t even have to bother with defrosting the beef. Let the crockpot do some of the work for you.
In addition to the whiskey, here’s what you’ll need for this super tasty and frugal beef recipe.
- 1 beef Bottom Round Roast or beef Chuck Center Roast (2 1/2 to 3 pounds). I actually used an English Roast
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 (6 ounce can) tomato paste
- 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
The only change I made to the recipe shared on BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com, is I didn’t cut my roast into one inch pieces. That’s because I put my meat into the crock pot frozen – as I do on most of my crock pot meals.
To make it even easier, I just used a glass measuring cup and measured all the ingredients in it except the beef. Just make sure to put the tomato paste in last so you can easily measure the other ingredients.
Stir everything together and then just pour it over the roast that you have placed in the slow cooker.
I turned the crock pot on High and cooked it for about an hour an a half. At that point, I opened the lid and using a knive cut it into one inch squares. That allowed the flavoring to go through the whole roast. I turned it to low and continued cooking for another 6 hours at which point the beef was fork tender.
The original recipe suggested serving the beef with an apple carrot slaw, but I have several children I knew wouldn’t eat that. So I served my Slow Cooked Whiskey Molasses Shredded Beef over rice and with some frozen mixed vegetables.
The meal went over really well with not just my beef loving husband, but also the kiddos since it was nice and sweet. While I liked the taste, I definitely loved how frugal this meal was with the falling price of beef (under $10 for the family of 7) and the fact it was super simple to put together and got me rave reviews from the family. What mom doesn’t love that??
For additional holiday entertaining ideas, browse this recipe collection at Beef It’s What’s For Dinner
Also be sure to get this Free Printable Recipe Guide that will ensure you are equippeed with easy-to-make, versatle dishes that bring cheer to any occassion.
There are some great ideas, especially with the prices of beef falling! No matter if your idea of holiday entertaining is just a date or hosting a big party, you’ll be covered without totally breaking the bank.