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How To Cook the Perfect Pot Roast—Using a Slow Cooker

An easy recipe that will make the novice cook seem like a four-star chef! This super easy slow cooker recipe allows you to create the most tender, delicious, & flavorful roast you'll ever eat.



Different Ways to Enjoy Roast Beef

While roast beef is enjoyed and celebrated worldwide, it continues to be an American culinary favorite. In our home, our favorite way to eat it is, sliced on a plate with a nice side of thick (cooked all day) kidney beans, and long green beans (sautéed Chinese restaurant style). However, there are many other ways to enjoy this family favorite.
  • On a toasted bun with mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato.
  • Served just in slices next to a heaping pile of mashed potatoes and broccoli (don't forget the brown gravy).
  • Served on delicious multi-grain sandwich bread with your favorite fixings.
  • Over a beautiful bed of rice with your favorite vegetable side.
  • In a taco or burrito with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and tomato.
  • In a home-made taco salad (create a bed of nacho chips, then lettuce, then tomato, and roast beef. Top it with shredded cheese and sour cream.
  • In a simple beef and cheese quesadilla.
  • Use it to create beef stroganoff with egg noodles.
  • In a beef stew for those chilly days.



The United States, Brazil, and the People's Republic of China are the world's three largest consumers of beef; Uruguay, however, has the highest beef and veal consumption per capita, followed by Argentina and Brazil
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef


Slow Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 10 min
Yields: four - five people


Ingredients

  • 2LB - 3LB Beef Roast, cut of your choice
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Red Onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt, any salt will do, sea salt is a healthier choice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Pepper, pre-ground is fine, it just adds more flavor when using freshly ground peppercorn
  • (Optional) 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Lemon Pepper, believe it or not, this adds an amazing layer of flavor
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil/Cooking Oil Of Your Choice, I use coconut oil for everything -no flavor & very good for you
  • (Optional) 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Water

 

Let's Get Cooking!

  1. Using at least a five quart-sized slow cooker, turn it on to the setting "low."
  2. Now, add the coconut oil/the oil of your choice along with the 1/4 cup of water into the slow cooker pan.
  3. Next, gently place your roast in the slow cooker pan and close the lid. Don't worry about the
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    coconut oil not being fully melted. This is of no consequence.
  4. It's time to chop your onions and garlic.
  5. Before adding your onions and garlic to the roast, sprinkle the meat evenly with sea salt, pepper, and lemon pepper.
  6. Now, it's time to add in the onions and garlic. Sprinkle the finely chopped ingredients over the roast evenly. It is ok for some it to fall along the sides and to the bottom.
  7. Next, carefully drizzle two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over the roast and close the lid.
  8. It's time for your slow cooker to do its magic! Keeping the unit set on "low", do not disturb for 8 - 10 hours. After that amount of time, feel free to carefully open the slow cooker and gently (using two forks) check the meat. If it falls apart as you pull it with the two forks, it is perfect!


Roast beef is a signature national dish of England and holds cultural meaning for the English dating back to the 1731 ballad "The Roast Beef of Old England". The dish is so synonymous with England and its cooking methods from the 18th century that the French nickname for the English is "les Rosbifs"
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roast_beef

Choosing the Right Cut of Meat

I prefer to use a 2lb - 3lb tender chuck roast cut. For some reason, it always comes out more juicy and tender than an Angus round roast. However, I have and do cook with other cuts. My choice each week, depends greatly on what is on sale at my local store.

This slow cooker pot roast recipe I am about to share with you will take just about any choice of roast
cut and make it amazing! And when I say amazing, I mean juicy, tender and packed with mouth-watering flavor.

Be aware, though, if you decide to choose a roast cut like the round roast, you may need to cook for an additional hour or two to reach the tenderness that can be reached with a chuck roast choice.

The Key to the Slow Cooker

The key to using a slow cooker is that the slower and longer you cook the meat, the more flavorful and tender the meat becomes. This recipe is for 8 - 10 hours. To make it easier on yourself, you can prepare it the night before (in the slow cooker pan) and when morning comes around, just take it out of the fridge, set the slow cooker pan in the unit and set on "low".

This recipe is a fantastic option if you are working the next day, or are planning on having others over for a family/friends dinner. It seems like a lot of steps for an "easy" meal, but once you read through it, you should be able to whip this up quite easily. The prep-time is based on 10 minutes, but once you've made this a few times, you should be able to cut that time in half! What takes the longest is just allowing the slow cooker to do its thing.

The Naxon Utilities Corporation of Chicago, under the leadership of Irving Naxon, developed the Naxon Beanery All-Purpose Cooker. Naxon was inspired by a story his Jewish grandmother told about how back in her native Lithuanian town, her mother made a stew called cholent, which took several hours to cook in an oven.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_cooker


TIP: I've found that the thinner the roast, the more tender it becomes. Thicker roasts, often take a longer time to get just right. They tend to be tougher and dryer.
This recipe can take 8 - 10 hours on the low setting. At 8 hours, go ahead and check to see if the meat pulls apart easily (using two forks). If it doesn't, go ahead and keep it cooking for an additional 1 - 2 hours.


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