How to Shred Meat Using the Most Basic of Tools

Things You Should Know

  • Using a single fork, shred cooked beef by running the prongs against the meat’s grain.
  • With two forks, shred cooked beef by pulling them in opposing directions along the roast.
  • To get perfectly shreddable beef, cook a 2 lb (900 g) boneless beef rump roast in a slow cooker with 1 cup (250 mL) of beef broth for 5 to 6 hours on high.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 lbs (900 g) of boneless beef chuck pot roast OR rump roast
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef broth

StepsMethod

  • 1 Let the beef cool slightly before shredding it. It must be cool enough for this technique to work without burning your skin.
  • 2 Hold the roast steady with one hand. With your non-dominant hand, place the beef on your cutting surface while keeping it steady. Make sure that your hands are clean and dry. Advertisement .
  • 3 Shred off the beef with one fork. [1] Identify the direction of the beef grain. Use the fork’s tines (prongs) to scrape along these grains, snatching cooked beef as you go. The beef will be held most conveniently if the grain runs toward and away from you. Draw the fork toward you as you scrape along the grain’s length.
  • 4 Repeat as needed. In order to shred all of the beef roast, you must keep scraping the fork along the grain of the meat. When the fork tines become clogged, pause occasionally during the process to manually remove the beef pieces. As you work, throw away any gristle you find in the beef, then continue shredding.
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Double-Fork Shredding Technique

  • 1 Let the beef cool a little before shredding it. When using this technique, you don’t need to touch it directly with your hands, so it doesn’t need to be cool to the touch. However, letting the beef rest for about five minutes will help the juices settle and distribute more evenly throughout the meat.
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  • 3 Pull the forks in opposite directions. To remove cooked beef crumbs, drag the two forks in opposite directions. The ideal way to shred beef is to go with the grain as opposed to trying to go against it. Shredding with the grain will facilitate and accelerate the process.
  • 4 Repeat as necessary. Drag the forks across the roast in opposing directions to continue removing beef hunks. Peel the beef occasionally from the fork and keep shredding if it does not naturally fall off. Continue doing this until all the beef has been torn into shreds. As you shred the beef, you might come across some fat and gristle. Discard it as you see it before continuing on.
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Slow Cooker Cooking Suggestions

  • Cutting board
  • Forks, 1 or 2
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Slow cooker (optional)

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