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Cherry Coke Slow Cooker BBQ Beef
This may be a poor way to follow up my last entry to feedmecheap, considering it was a long rant against the evils of High Fructose Corn Syrup, but what do you do with the accidental purchase of a product with HFC without just throwing your money in the trash?

If there is at least one redeeming quality of HFCs, it's that it's still basically a "syrup"--corn syrup has been a cooking staple for many years.  It's a cheaper alternative to refined sugar (hence its proliferation in our food supply, currently).  Pharmacists used to recommend it for constipation and to calm down the cough that comes with a chest cold.  It's not some evil 4 eyed mutation waiting to strike the unwisened consumer, it's just over used, and unfortunately in more cases than not, derived from corn that has been modified in some way or another to withstand bugs, fungus and poor soil conditions.  I don't really know jack shit about GMOs--the country in me understands the concept of crop husbandry and that farmers have been breeding different strains of grains and vegetables together to create designer plants just like some people breed certain dogs together to get designer dogs--but if your seed stock comes primarily from a chemical company with a monetary stake in pharmacuticals . . . . anyway

I'm a soda drinker . . . . we ohioans call it Pop

I drink diet because, well, I'd rather take the fast route to death through chemicals than the slow route to death through high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity . . . AND because regular pop seems to agitate the migraine monster.  The label for Coke Cherry zero and regular Cherry Coke look a helluvalot a like, so when I accidently bought (and drank half) of a regular cherry coke, Mr. Migraine kindly tipped me off and made me put it in the corner, presumably never to be touched again.  But I had other plans for that Cherry Coke, and I had a cooking hunch that this would work . . .

Cherry Coke Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

1 cup cherry coke
1/2 cup ketchup
chili powder
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pkg "Grill mates Applewood Smoked rub"--this stuff is found in that largely useless section of the grocery store where the boxed mashed potatoes and powdered gravies are.
Beef pot roast

Put the pot roast in a slow cooker on 3 and pour 1/4 cup of water over the top.  pour the entire contents of the "grill mates applewood smoked rub" on top of the roast and put the lid on TIGHT so that the meat doesn't dry out.  Let it cook for about 6-8 hours or until the meat can very easily be pulled apart with two forks.

when the beef is done cooking, take a small 2 cup saucepan and put all the remaining ingrediants together and cook until the mixture starts to get "syrupy".  IT WILL BE UBER SWEET and yes you can totally taste the cherry coke in it.

When it's thickened, add it to the beef and stir it up so that the applewood rub and the sauce get thoroughly mixed.

When its done, it will taste like something straight out of a summer barbeque and can be eaten on a bun or over rice.


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