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Featured Smoked Beef French Onion Soup

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jcam222, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. jcam222

    jcam222 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Had time on my hands today since I took a few days off for cooking and the late Monday night Browns game :) Decided I should do something with some of the smaller trim from the smoked shoulder clod I did Saturday. Rummaging around led me to this soup.

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    Chopped up some of the odds and end pieces left after I sliced the larger end of the mock. Also used up the scrap ends I had after slicing the beef knuckle I did for lunchmeat.

    Had some awesome sweet candy onions left I got out at the Amish produce stand. These things are amazingly sweet. Ended up sauteing two pans in salted butter.
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    Cooked them together a bit in the pan and then tossed them into the larger Instant Pot. We love this kitchen tool! So much so that we have a regular and x large one. Use it constantly in the winter for soups, stews and a host of other things. I decided this was not enough onion so added a second pan full to this.

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    I added about a quart of my leftover smokey au jus from the cook Saturday. Its nice and smokey , has the coffee cocoa rub drippings in it along with a healthy does of garlic rosemary and thyme. Filled it up the rest of the way with broth made from Minors concentrate. Set it at 17 minutes on manual setting and let it natural release for about a half hour.


    Getting ready to serve up a bowl for my wife who will be home any minute from work.

    Found some keto 0 net carb buns in the freezer that needed used up. Buttered them and hit them with a bit of garlic salt. Toasted them off in the oven.

    I didn't have any Gruyere handy so decided Havarti should work in a pinch. I live in a pretty small town, not a chance of finding Gruyere locally lol.

    Done just after she walked in. Mine will have about triple this amount of cheese on it :)

    Well that's it. Thanks for looking. I will say it is pretty darn tasty as did she. Next time I made add a little sherry or wine to add some extra richness.
  2. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks delicous!!
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  3. That looks amazing! One of my favorites
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  4. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    I could almost taste it just reading your post.

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  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Followed along, with anticipation, and was enjoying every word and picture. It was the shot of the cheese that, well, brought me to want to comment. And then...

    BRAVO! A truly enjoyable post! I'll be making some soon.:emoji_wink:...JJ
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  6. Very nice!
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  7. Jabiru

    Jabiru Meat Mopper

    Very nice job on your soup, I bet it had a great flavor. Love the addition of the smokey au jus, I am going to have to try this.

    We also use a Instant pot/pressure cooker for our soups and stews, 15-20 mins soup is done. So quick and easy, such a great cooking tool.

    I even have one for cooking our Dog Food :emoji_wink:
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  8. Fueling Around

    Fueling Around Smoking Fanatic

    I love home made soup.
    PS I only eat home made soup.
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  9. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    That looks fantastic!! We both love French onion soup and I bet the addition of the smoked meat and au jus really set it over the top. Great job and a big LIKE!!

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  10. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    One of our favorites for sure!
    And yours looks fantastic!!
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  11. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That looks truly amazing. I haven't had a good french onion soup in years. I'll have to remedy that quick like.

    Point for sure
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  12. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome could eat a bowl of that for sure. Very nice post and a fine job of showing the process.

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  13. Medina Joe

    Medina Joe Meat Mopper

    Great job. Boy did the Browns lay an egg last night. Hope we can win next week
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  14. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LIKE Totally in the mood for some! Went to bed at half time and hoped they would put more points on top of that lame field goal but...

    PS I keep frozen beef rib bones for adding to stock and soup. They also kick up a lowly can of grean beans BTW.
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  15. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    jcam222 Thanks for the like it is appreciated.

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  16. civilsmoker

    civilsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Very nice!

    Love french onion!
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  17. disco

    disco Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow! That looks delicious! Big like!
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  18. jcam222

    jcam222 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thank you all for the kind comments. I feel pretty honored to have two features on the carousel at once!
  19. Steve H

    Steve H Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks amazing! I make onion soup. Never tried adding meat to it. And smoked meat. That had to be tasty.
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  20. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yum! That last pic says it all !!!
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