Amidst frosty cold weather, there is nothing as soul-warming as a full meal packed with intense meaty flavors, protein, and flavor-infused vegetables than this Tender Slow Cooked Roast Beef.
This satisfyingly full meal is a hassle-free meaty delight smothered in a rich homemade serving of gravy.
It will grant you major cooking credits from your loved ones during your next family dinner. This warm and beautiful slow-cooked roast beef makes an excellent main course.
A Wholesome Family Dinner
Slow-cooked Cooked Roast Beef is simple to make and will leave your taste buds immensely satisfied! This wholesome meal is packed with all the right fuel for a soul- and body-warming experience.
Combining flavor-infused protein, vegetables, and a sprinkle of magic, you will not be able to beat this Slow Cooked Roast Beef in terms of taste and aroma.
Secrets for the Perfect Slow Cooked Roast Beef
The type of meat, whether it is fatty or not, plays a fundamental role in how juicy your cooked roast beef will be.
I like to mention how I sear the whole big roast from all sides to brown it before I add it to the slow cooker.
Put the roast into the slow cooker with the oil and fat, the drippings from the actual beef. These will be used to cook the meat. I don’t add any water.
In the same skillet where the fats and drippings are, I sauté the onions, carrots, anise star, cloves, and cinnamon stick until fragrant, which makes a huge difference.
Those flavors come together very well when you add them to the slow cooker. They really infuse the taste within the roast completely.
The juice of the vegetables mixed with the fats that drip from the roast comes together very well and creates a very nice tender juicy roast.
An Overall Memorable Cooking Experience
Pair It with Your Favorite Side Dish
It is always fun pairing our dinner’s main attraction with random side dishes that will intensify those deep flavors. So here’s what I think would pair wonderfully with our tender Slow Cooked Roast Beef.
Now, although this recipe includes some vegetables like carrots, onions, and potatoes, it would also be a good idea to add a bowl of fresh salad on the side. I recommend trying a side of a simple Middle Eastern Salad, Fattoush with dressing, or a Lebanese Tabouli Salad.
And since this year is set on being a cold one, warm your taste buds with a bowl of Red Lentil soup, Carrot and Sweet Potato Thai soup, or a creamy Broccoli and Mushroom soup.
But if you are craving a classic pairing, I have a perfect creamy mashed potatoes recipe just for you! Or an all time Middle Eastern favorite: a spicy potato and cilantro dish (Batata Harra).
Another additional Middle Eastern satisfied way is to plate them into a large plate alongside Mansaf (Lebanese Rice with Meat), Layered Rice Veggie Pilaf, or Ground Meat Rice.
Cooked to Perfection!
Expert Tips for Best Results
When getting yourself busy with a new recipe, it is always advisable to keep a few things into consideration to attain perfect results. So let’s just say I might have a few tips up my sleeve to make your cooking journey a breeze.
Tip 1: Prep your ingredients the night before (not a must and I have never done this since this is an easy prep roast). Place the chopped vegetables in containers in the fridge, have all of the spices ready, and enjoy a stress-free cooking session the following day.
Tip 2: Mix things up by adding your favorite vegetables to the slow cooker. In addition to the carrots, and onions I mentioned in the recipe, you can add broccoli, Brussels sprouts, winter greens, or even cauliflower. I would avoid tomatoes since in my opinion and from my experience it alters the taste.
Tip 3: Give additional earthy flavors to your roast beef by adding dried lime, rosemary, cardamom, and bay leaves into the slow cooker.
Tip 4: Don’t be stingy with your seasoning. Remember that it is not a matter of getting a perfectly seasoned roast, you don’t want your vegetables to taste bland. As per salt, add it according to your own preference.
Tip 5: When rubbing the seasoning mix onto the roast, make sure you get into the creases of the meat. This enhances flavor and ensures every bite of the roast packs a taste that will linger!
Pleasing in Every Known Way!
Frequently Asked Questions
It is important to note that the longer you cook your roast; the higher your chance of getting a tender bite you will have. So, keep in mind that if your roast is a bit hard to chew, cook it for a little while longer.
There are a lot of tips to follow to avoid a dry roast. Make sure you have enough liquid in the cooker, don’t overcook your meat, and aim at using a fatty cut of meat.
Keep your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Submerge the slow cooker roast beef with liquid and reheat it for about 5-7 minutes.
Freeze the gravy leftovers in an ice cube tray, pop them in a freezer bag, and use them within 3 months.
A Tender and Juicy Bite
Make Your Classic Beef Gravy From Scratch
We all know that roast beef just wouldn’t taste the same without a layer of classic homemade gravy on top.
It is quite an integral part of the whole meal, and to be honest, the taste just wouldn’t be as satisfying without it! So here’s how to make your own Beef Gravy.
To start, take 2 cups of the beef stock and place them in a pot on medium heat. Meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons of starch with ¼ cup of cold water in a small bowl until the starch dissolves.
After that, pour the mixture into the pot on high heat and mix until the gravy thickens. Add a final pinch of salt and allspice, then pour your irresistible gravy onto your tender Slow Cooked Roast Beef.
Slow Cooked Roast Beef Ingredients
For the Rub
- olive or avocado oil
- white pepper
- 7 spices (or all spice)
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- black pepper
For the Slow Cooker:
- bouillon cubes
- cinnamon sticks
- anise star
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Simple Yet Filling
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Tender Slow Cooked Roast Beef
For the Rub
- 6 pounds roast
- 6 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon 7 spices or all spice
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
For the Slow Cooker
- 3 bouillon cubes optional
- 2 small cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 cloves
- 2 anise star
- 2 carrots largely chopped
- 2 onions largely chopped
- 2 potatoes largely chopped
- In a small bowl mix together the white pepper, seven spices (or all spice), paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt.
- Place the roast on a large tray then drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil all over the roast beef and rub.
- Use half of the spice mixture and rub using your hand (I wore a glove), the whole roast including the creases.
- In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. Now, add in the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Flash-sear the roast to brown for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Add the remaining half of the spices to the bottom of the slow cooker then place the roast into the slow cooker. You can add the spices before you add the roast or after, both ways are find so it is your choice.
- Place the bouillon cubes around the roast. This step is optional.
- In the same skillet and using the leftover drippings, add in the cloves, anise star, cinnamon sticks, cubed onions, and the cut carrots on high heat. Sauté for about 5-6 minutes until onions are slightly browned and spices are fragrant.
- Place the sautéed onions and spices over the roast. Add in the raw cubed potatoes and cubed tomato then cover and slow cook for 6 hours on high heat.
- Prep your ingredients the night before. Place the chopped vegetables in containers in the fridge, have all of the spices ready, and enjoy a stress-free cooking session the following day.
- Mix things up by adding your favorite vegetables to the slow cooker. In addition to the carrots, tomatoes, and onions I mentioned in the recipe, you can add broccoli, Brussels sprouts, winter greens, or even cauliflower.
- Give additional earthy flavors to your roast beef by adding dried lime, rosemary, cardamom, and bay leaves into the slow cooker.
- Don’t be stingy with your seasoning. Remember that it is not a matter of getting a perfectly seasoned roast, you don’t want your vegetables to taste bland. As per salt, add it according to your own preference.
- When rubbing the seasoning mix onto the roast, make sure you get into the creases of the meat. This enhances flavor and ensures every bite of the roast packs a taste that will linger!
Mary raz says
Super easy and tastes amazing. My whole family commented on how delicious it tasted, the best they’ve ever had. Definitely going to keep this recipe
Lesley J says
This roast beef recipe was a hit with the whole family. Even my picky eaters loved it. Thanks heaps
This was just perfect. I always thought it was hard to make but it was actually easier than i expected and it is definitely worth waiting
What amount of beef would you recommend if we are only two?
I would say 3 lb is more than enough if you find them this small! If not, having left overs are a great way for meal preps for the rest of the week. You can enjoy roast beef daily with different sides like mashed potatoes, rice, wild rice, quinoa, pasta and greens!
Leftover roast beef makes great tacos and burritos too with no extra cooking required. Just a few veggies and cheese to finish them off. Yum!
Oh what an awesome idea!!!