Beef Barbecue

Course : Beef
Serves: 12
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3 pounds ground chuck
1 pound pork sausage
2 large onions -- chopped
1 clove garlic
2 cups chopped celery
1 small green bell pepper -- chopped
3 teaspoons chili powder
14 ounces catsup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

Preparation / Directions:

Mix ground beef and sausage meat in a bowl; shape into 2 large patties. Brown one at a time, 5 minutes on each side in a large kettle or 5 quart electric slow cooker. Remove and reserve. Pour off all but 2 tablespoonsful of the drippings. Add onions and garlic, saute just until soft. Stir in celery and green pepper; continue cooking just until celery is soft, then stir in chili powder; cook 2 minutes longer. Combine meat, broken into chunks and sauteed vegetables in the slow cooker. Stir in catsup, brown sugar, mustard, salt, paprika, pepper, water, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce; stir until well-blended; cover. Cook on low for 8 hours, stirring after 4 hours if possible or on high for 4 hours, stirring after 2 hours. Spoon over your choice of hot corn bread squares, rice, toast or tamales.

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