A lot of people love to smoke food in the summer, but the smoky flavour is also a nice comfort on those cold long dark winter days. Try this recipe for Smoked Beef Stew and you’ll have your Bradley Smoker running all year round!

Ingredients

2 pounds stewing beef, cut into inch cubes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dry oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 onions, diced
6-8 carrots, peeled and diced
6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 can (28oz/796ml) diced tomatoes
5 cups beef broth
1-2 tbsp corn starch for thickening
1-2 tbsp water

Directions

1. Make the rub by mixing together the sugar and all the spices. Generously rub the spice mixture all over the stewing beef cubes.

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2. Set the smoker to 250F using wood bisquettes of choice.

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3. Smoke the stewing beef cubes for 2 hours.

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4. Dump beef cubes with remaining ingredients (minus corn starch and water) into a slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
5. With about 15 minutes remaining, whisk together the corn starch and water to create a slurry. Whisk that into the stew to thicken it.
6. Serve the stew with some fresh bread.

By Steve Cylka