Bourbon & Coke Slow Cooked Beef


Lately I’ve heard a lot about slow cooked dishes being cooked using Coca Cola so I wanted to give it a try.  The dish turned out really well but I felt it was lacking in something.  I had a bottle of Jack Daniels sitting nearby, I added a splash and surprisingly it turned out really good.

The first time I made it I served it with rice and added some kidney beans (see image above) which was good.  The second time, I served it with broccoli and cous cous, and it was a match made in heaven!  As the casserole contains a whole can of coke, it is pretty sweet as you would expect, so it goes very well with any bitter green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach or kale.

Serves 4


1 tbsp oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
500g round steak
1 tbsp paprika
1 beef stock cube
1 can of cola
1 shot of Bourbon
a large splash of vinegary hot sauce, such as Tabasco or Cholula


  1. heat up the slow cooker to high, add the oil and fry the onions for a few minutes (note:  you can do this in a separate frying pan if you prefer)
  2. once the onions are beginning to change colour, add the carrot, celery and round steak, stirring for a few minutes (note:  this is the lazy option, if you have time, the dish will taste better if you brown the beef in a separate pan)
  3. add the paprika and some seasoning, crumble in the stock cube and stir for a few minutes
  4. turn down the heat to low, pour in the cola, stir again and put on the lid
  5. leave for at least 4 hours, until the beef is tender and breaks apart easily with a fork
  6. when you are almost ready to serve, take off the lid and add the Bourbon and hot sauce
  7. turn the heat up a little and, leaving the lid off, simmer until the sauce has thickened
  8. serve

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