If you're wondering what this tastes like, it almost tastes like a soy sauce, but much richer. You don't taste the ketchup at all, it actually was less sweet than I thought this would be. This definitely takes a bit of work and a lot of time but it's soooooo good. The beef wasn't tender after 1 hour and 20 minutes - might try throwing this into the slow cooker next time (and add the veggies at the end). I threw the crushed peppercorns, crushed garlic into a bouquet garni bag which worked great - I don't like eating peppercorns and didn't want to have to fish it out later. I crushed the peppercorns in a Ziploc bag with the meat pounder). Next time I'll throw the bay leaves in there as well - it was annoying to have to fish them out later, especially since one had broken into several pieces during stirring while it was still dry. They're no fun to eat! I can't believe how much sauce this makes - I really wanted bread but decided to serve it over brown rice. Also, instead of using 2 pots, I switched the order, and browned the meat, then the onions/garlic all in the same pot (making sure not to burn them). This way all the goodness and flavor bits all stay together!
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If you're wondering what this tastes like, it almost tastes like a soy sauce, but much richer....