Easy Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast is generously seasoned with a special blend of spices from your cupboard that will make your home smell delicious! Start the roast in the oven to avoid the mess of stovetop browning without sacrificing any flavour. Then, finish it in the slow cooker to deliver tender, juicy beef.
DINNER FOR FRIENDS
How about inviting some friends over for dinner? Plan to start this roast earlier in the day, freeing up your oven for an apple or pumpkin pie and then your favourite potato casserole. Add a simple stunning vegetable dish such as Maple-Glazed Carrots with Pecans or Braised and Glazed Brussels Sprouts and a fresh salad tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Set the table, and enjoy your company!
COOKING BEEF POT ROAST
If possible, choose naturally-raised, preferably grass-fed beef. While prime rib or top sirloin roasts will cook nicely in the oven, a blade roast is a less expensive cut and best cooked slowly at a low temperature. Cooking in a slow cooker allows the roast to cook virtually untended for a few hours, so you can do other things.
Begin with thawed meat. In fact, it’s a good idea to let it sit at room temperature for half an hour to an hour before you start to cook it. Brown the beef at a high temperature to create delicious flavour compounds. Then, cook it slowly at a low temperature to keep the meat tender. In case you wonder if you’re reading this right, you are – no liquid is added in this recipe! I have a friend who has cooked dry roasts in her slow cooker for years. I was very surprised when she first told me about it, but it’s been working fine for me ever since.
Use a meat thermometer inserted into the centre of the roast to test for doneness.
- 125 degrees F – rare
- 135 degrees F – medium rare
- 145 degrees F – medium
- 155 degrees F – medium well done
- 160 degrees F – well done
- 180 degrees F – to pull apart easily