Thursday, 29 May 2014

Roasted Garlic Brown Sugar Pulled Beef Sandwiches with Mustard Horseradish Mayo

I love it when the title of a dish takes almost as long to say as it does to cook the actual thing. These Roasted Garlic Brown Sugar Pulled Beef Sandwiches with Mustard Horseradish Mayo are mouthful... in a good way.

Roasted Garlic Brown Sugar Pulled Beef Sandwiches with Mustard Horseradish Mayo
adapted from How Sweet It Is
Serves 8 - 10

For the Beef:
1.5 kg beef shank
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
250ml beer
2 heads garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Mayo:
1 cup best quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Squeeze lemon juice
1 teaspoon oil
Sea salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

To Serve:
8 - 10 buns
Gruyere cheese slices
Slices of tomato
Baby spinach leaves

Put the beef into the crockpot. Sprinkle with salt, cayenne, paprika and onion powder. Cover the top of the beef with sugar and pour the beer into the bottom of the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Meanwhile, roast the garlic. Preheat the oven to 180C. Rub most of the papery skin off the garlic, chop the very tips off the head to expose some of the "meat" (keeping the head intact). Place them in a roasting pan cut-side up and drizzle with a little olive oil. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes, until soft and golden. Leave to cool a little, then squeeze the flesh out and mash. Set aside.

Once the beef has had its 8 hours, remove it to a board, shred all the meat off the bone, which should just slip off. Discard bone and any fat/sinew and put the shredded meat back into the crockpot with the juices. Give it a good stir then add the mashed garlic. Stir again, cover with lid and leave to cook for a further 30 minutes on low.

Make the Mayo:
Put all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir to combine.

Assemble the Sandwiches:
Preheat the grill (broiler) to medium. Split the buns and lay the bottoms on a baking tray. Top with shredded beef and then lay a slice of cheese on top. Grill (broil) until the cheese has melted. Drizzle with Mustard Horseradish Mayo, top with a slice of tomato and some spinach leaves. Pop the top of the buns on and serve with cold beer.


  1. That looks awesome! Love your photos in this post, I can nearly taste the flavors through the screen. :)

    1. Thanks June. I find burgers some of the hardest things to shoot, so I'm glad you like the photos.

  2. We often hear of pulled pork but pulled beef is not so common but certainly tasty! The addition of horseraddish sounds delicious too!

    1. Pulled beef is the same concept as pulled-pork. Long, slow cooked meat, shredded (or pulled) usually with two forks.

  3. Again, you make me crazy with your recipe and pictures. I wanna eat my computer screen or get out of my job's office and make a BBQ with my family and friends. Seriously, WOW!

    1. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that I've tormented you so. :)

  4. a low hum of desire began when I read the title of this to Chris. I think I know what I will be making for his dinner this rainy weekend :) Thanks for helping me maintain 'girlfriend of the year' status :)

    1. You can count on me Amy. I live in a house of boys, so I'm conditioned to the male palate.

  5. I was drooling over this on facebook yesterday. Oh my word, this sandwich looks so, so good...! I'm currently sitting in my office at work with a cup of herbal tea... but now my brain is going to be dwelling on pulled beef for the ENTIRE.DAY. Oh dear

    1. Sorry. That's torture. I'm a bad girl. Go on say it, "You're terrible Muriel."

  6. Wow! what a meal, looks amazing! my husband would love me for this!

    1. Haha Cheri. I don't think my husband is going anywhere fast either.

  7. WOAH. I think I need this immediately.