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Slow cooker roast beef

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Now I know, I know, is it really a roast beef IF it’s not been cooked in the oven? Slow cooker pot roast, slow cooker beef joint, whatever you want to call it, this is the recipe for you! It’s VERY simple to prepare, tastes delicious and makes a hearty Sunday roast for the whole family. Best of all you can cook a variety of veg in the same pot as this beef pot roast and cut down the time you spend in the kitchen.

The browned slow cooker roast beef joint before cooking
Slow cooker roast beef – Tasty, simple and convenient for any day of the week.

Ingredients for slow cooker roast beef

  • Garlic (3 cloves or 1 teaspoon of garlic granules)
  • Thyme (1 teaspoon dried or 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 10g plain flour
  • 300g Parsnips
  • 300g Carrots
  • 4 spring onions
  • Beef joint (I used a 500g one as it was just to feed 3 people) – you can use larger just increase the volume of beef stock and vegetables
  • 400ml beef stock

Method for slow cooker pot roast

This step is optional. Sprinkle your beef joint with salt & pepper and plain flour. Use the olive oil to lightly brown all of the edges to seal the joint for several minutes. I use the brown setting on my slow cooker but if you don’t have a slow cooker with this function then you can either brown in a frying pan or skip this step altogether. Once browned set the beef joint to one side on a plate.

Peel, wash and prepare your carrots, parsnips and spring onions. I chop mine into 1-2cm sized pieces usually, to ensure thorough cooking in the slow cooker.

The carrots and parsnips before they are lightly sauteed.

Add the garlic, thyme, and a bay leaf to the slow cooker pot.

This step is optional. Lightly saute your vegetables. I use a splash of the beef stock to saute mine to add flavour. Place your vegetables into the slow cooker pot if you’re browning separately or skipping this step.

The vegetables once they have been lightly sauteed.

Place your beef joint into the slow cooker pot.

Make up your beef stock if using a stock cube and add this.

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Set it on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. You can cook this for 12 hours, or perhaps even longer if you are out for the day. It’ll just leave the beef extra tender.

Enjoy! See below for tips, roast dinner accompaniments and more!

slow cooker roast beef

Roast beef in the slow cooker

Course Main Course
Keyword beef, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Resting time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients

  • Garlic 3 cloves or 1 teaspoon of garlic granules
  • Thyme 1 teaspoon dried or 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt & pepper
  • 15 ml Olive oil
  • 10 g Plain flour
  • 300 g Parsnips
  • 300 g Carrots
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 500 g Beef joint (or larger!)
  • 400 ml beef stock (Increase this volume for a larger joint)

Instructions

  1. This step is optional. Sprinkle your beef joint with salt & pepper and plain flour. Use the olive oil to lightly brown all of the edges to seal the joint for several minutes.

  2. Once browned set the beef joint to one side on a plate.

  3. Peel, wash and prepare your carrots, parsnips and spring onions. I chop mine into 1-2cm sized pieces usually, to ensure thorough cooking in the slow cooker.
  4. Add the garlic, thyme, and a bay leaf to the slow cooker pot.
  5. This step is optional. Lightly saute your vegetables. I use a splash of the beef stock to saute mine to add flavour. Add the vegetables to the slow cooker pot.

  6. Place your beef joint into the slow cooker pot.
  7. Make up your beef stock if using a stock cube and add this.
  8. Set it on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. You can cook this for 12 hours, or perhaps even longer if you are out for the day. It’ll just leave the beef extra tender.

Products I use to make this slow cooker beef pot roast:

Can you use this slow cooker roast beef for sandwiches?

Absolutely! This is the perfect meat to make up in advance for sandwiches. Also, you could freeze the sandwiches once prepared. I double wrap sandwiches in the freezer to avoid soggy bread.

Can you make this slow cooker roast beef with onion soup mix?

Yes you can! Just use the mix up instead of stock for a tasty alternative dish that’s even more flavoursome and convenient.

Is it possible to make this slow cooker roast beef without searing?

Yes! Just pop everything in the pot, turn it on and enjoy. I do recommend browning the meat, and sauteeing the vegetables, just to increase the flavour and texture but you can skip this if you’re short on time, low on motivation or don’t want excess washing up.

This slow cooker roast beef is so easy! It takes just a few minutes to prepare and tastes absolutely delicious. It is one of those meals where you can place everything inside the slow cooker pot, turn it on and leave it. It’s perfect for popping in the slow cooker when you’re going to enjoy a family day out together and want to have a delicious hearty meal to enjoy when you get home. I served this with my favourite air fryer roast potatoes and it’s delicious!

Want to make your own red wine gravy?

Add a splash right near the end and give it a reduce down in a pan!

Looking for some other ideas to serve with your beef joint?

I love to serve my roast beef with lots of veggies and I think slow cooker roast beef with potatoes and carrots is a hearty dinner by itself. It goes great with green beans and you can make this slow cooker roast beef without searing too – ideal if you’re in a rush!

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Step by step photos of the slow cooker roast beef.
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Friday 17th of January 2020

This looks lovely and easy, will give it a go

katykicker

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

So glad you like the look of it. Hope it goes well!

Claire Rocks

Thursday 9th of January 2020

Ive never cooked a beef roast in the slow cooker. Always in the oven. I think I'll give this a try for one of our Sunday lunches.

katykicker

Friday 10th of January 2020

It is really is so tasty and simple too!

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