Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Tips for slow cooking beef

There’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of a slow-cooked meal wafting through your home. Our Slow-Cooker Roast Beef recipe is the perfect way to achieve tender, flavorful beef with minimal effort. This method allows the meat to cook slowly, absorbing all the rich flavors from the broth, wine, and aromatic herbs. The addition of hearty vegetables like carrots and potatoes makes this a complete meal, perfect for any family dinner or gathering.

Using a slow cooker not only simplifies the cooking process but also ensures that your roast beef comes out perfectly moist and succulent every time. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is straightforward and foolproof. Simply sear your beef, add the ingredients to the slow cooker, and let it work its magic. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth roast beef that will leave everyone coming back for seconds.

So, gather your ingredients, set your slow cooker, and look forward to enjoying a delicious, home-cooked meal that embodies the essence of comfort food.

– 3-4 lb (1.4-1.8 kg) beef roast (chuck, round, or brisket)
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1 large onion, sliced
– 4 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup beef broth
– 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
– 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
– 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
– 4-6 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
– 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
– 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
– 2 bay leaves


1. Prepare the Beef:
– Season the beef roast generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
– In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the beef roast on all sides until browned (about 4-5 minutes per side). This step adds flavor to the meat.

2. Assemble in Slow Cooker:
– Fill the slow cooker with the minced garlic and sliced onions.
– Place the seared beef roast over the garlic and onions.

3. Add Liquids and Seasonings:
– Cover the roast with the red wine (if using) and beef broth.
– Add Worcestershire sauce.
– Add the carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves around the beef.

4. Cook the Roast:
– Place the top on the slow cooker.
– Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours, until the beef is tender and easily shreddable with a fork.

5. Serve:
– After taking the beef roast out of the slow cooker, give it some time to rest.
– Discard the bay leaves and sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
– Slice or shred the beef and serve with the vegetables and some of the cooking juices.

– For extra flavor, you can add a tablespoon of tomato paste and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the broth mixture.
– If you prefer thicker gravy, you can transfer the cooking liquid to a saucepan and thicken it with a slurry of cornstarch and water.

Enjoy your delicious slow-cooker roast beef!

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