Portuguese Caçoila (Alcatra)

Recipe by Chief Teer
READY IN: 4hrs 35mins
YIELD: 3 Quarts




  • In a large heavy Dutch oven, saute the bacon in the olive oil until drippings are rendered and bacon is browned a bit and crisp; transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • In the bacon drippings, brown the beef roast well on all sides over moderately high heat.
  • Transfer to the plate with bacon, then add butter, onions, paprika, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, wine vinegar, and allspice to the Dutch oven.
  • Saute about 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Blend in tomato paste, lower the heat, cover and steam for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and set aside half of the tomato-onion mixture; place the beef roast back into the Dutch oven with the bacon, then spoon remaining tomato-onion mixture on top.
  • Carefully pour the wine and salt around the beef roast and bring to a simmer. Ensure the meat is cover with the wine.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cove and bake in the 375 degree oven for 2 hours; remove and turn beef over in the liquid.
  • Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees F then bake uncovered about 1 hour longer or until meat is falling-apart tender (and it will be!).