Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Nothing beats a slow cooked roast beef. This meal is pure comfort food- tender beef cooked with garlic, beef broth, and the secret weapon- balsamic vinegar. I’d place this dinner at the top of my list for feeding a crowd, especially if you double the sauce and use a 3-4 pound roast. It takes such little effort while yielding so much flavor. I like to spend an extra few minutes searing the beef in a hot skillet before adding it into my slow cooker, but this step is optional and depends on how pressed you are for time. And don’t neglect that magic liquid that your roast bubbled away in, either. By the time the roast is ready, it’s ready to reduce into a rich, savory dipping sauce.

I serve the shredded roast beef on toasted buns with some melted provolone cheese, but you can use the remaining slow cooker liquid for a dipping sauce and go to town. Depends on who and when you’re serving I guess. (I’m thinking roast beef sandwiches sound pretty perfect for Superbowl Sunday).

     

First thing you want to do is brown the beef in a hot skillet. This step is optional, but really adds so much flavor. Pat the roast dry, season generously with salt and pepper, and sear in a hot skillet with some olive oil. Transfer the roast and all those brown bits on the bottom of the pan into the slow cooker.

Add in the rest of your ingredients and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8. I turned my slow cooker on low, let it cook for 7 hours, and it was perfect. Remove the roast and shred it with 2 forks, removing any excess fat.

Serve the shredded roast beef dipped in the remaining cooked down liquid from your slow cooker, or on toasted buns with melted provolone cheese (highly recommended!)

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef
This slow cooked roast beef is pure comfort food- tender beef cooked with garlic, beef broth, and the secret weapon- balsamic vinegar. Serve on toasted buns with melted provolone cheese, or dipped in the remaining liquid from the slow cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef
This slow cooked roast beef is pure comfort food- tender beef cooked with garlic, beef broth, and the secret weapon- balsamic vinegar. Serve on toasted buns with melted provolone cheese, or dipped in the remaining liquid from the slow cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds chuck roast boneless
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup beef broth divided
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 buns toasted
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Lightly pat the roast dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper. Brown the roast on all sides in the skillet.
  2. Transfer the roast to the slow cooker. Add a splash of beef broth to the hot skillet to deglaze the pan and scrape up any brown bits left over. Add into the slow cooker.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8.
  4. Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Remove any excess pieces of fat. Serve on toasted buns with melted provolone cheese or dipped in leftover juices from the slow cooker.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Meaningful Eats.

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