3Reconstitute the dried onions by combining them with 1 cup of the hot beef stock.
4Chef’s Note: Allow them to absorb the hot stock for about 20 minutes.
5Chef’s Note: Why dried chopped onions? For some reason I love the flavor they impart to this recipe. Dried onions that have been reconstituted with beef broth do have a different depth of flavor. You could, of course try it with fresh chopped onions.
6Place a pan over medium heat, and add the ground beef.
7Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon until almost cooked through.
8Chef’s Tip: The reason we are precooking the beef is because the proteins in raw beef act like little hooks to bind the beef together as it cooks. If you put the meat in raw it will come out like a big round meatloaf. Precooking breaks that bound and allows the beef to cook without binding together.
9Add the onions, salt, garlic, sugar, cumin, mustard, vinegar, and the additional beef stock to the slow cooker.
10Mix until combined.
11Add the partially cooked beef, and combine.
12Set the slow cooker to low, and allow the ingredients to cook for 4 hours.
13After 4 hours, remove from the slow cooker.
15Use a slotted spoon to remove a generous amount of the loose meat, and place on a nice soft bun. Add mustard, pickle, or whatever you fancy. Enjoy.