Slow-Cooker Barbecued Beef Tips
It’s easy to get juicy, saucy barbecued steak tips from a hot grill. But can you make them in the mellow heat and closed confines of a slow cooker?
Why This Recipe Works
Browning our Slow-Cooker Barbecued Beef Tips in a skillet not only improved the flavor and texture of the beef, but also created the foundation for a concentrated sauce that would become a main component of the dish. To get a grilled flavor, we needed to keep the meat away from the juices in the slow cooker. Elevating the steak tips on an inverted steamer basket kept them out of the liquid while they cooked, while skewering the meat ensured that it cooked evenly.
A mixture of tomato paste, soy sauce, and brown sugar seasoned the meat, and waiting to apply it until after we browned the beef ensured that the rub didn’t burn.