how long do you cook roast beef in slow cooker

Place chuck roast into the cooker; pour in water until all but the top 1/2 inch of roast is covered. Sprinkle ground pepper over top. Cover and cook on Low until meat is tender, about 22 hours.

This Slow Cooker Roast Beef will become your favorite Sunday Roast – incredibly tender slow cooked beef in a rich and delicious gravy. 10/10 for flavor and almost zero effort! Serve with my incredible Goose Fat Roast Potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings.

Perfect for serving a crowd so why not make it this weekend for the whole family’s Sunday dinner? This slow cooked beef recipe is gluten free and slimming friendly.

Simply pop the meat and veggies in your slow cooker in the morning and you have the best dinner waiting for you by supper time. Take a look at the recipe video and step by step photos to see how it’s done.

What makes this recipe such a winner?

  • The PERFECT pot roast: If you are intimidated by roast beef because it is tricky to get just right then this is the beef recipe for you. Technically it is not a roast but a beef pot roast since it is cooked in a slow cooker.
  • It is almost hands off, practically a ‘dump and go’ recipe. After some initial prep, the meat simply cooks slowly for several hours until it becomes perfectly tender and succulent.
  • Finally a roast beef recipe that comes with gravy built in! The flavor-packed broth in which the roast cooks becomes the totally addicting thick gravy you will want to bathe in (or maybe that’s just me)
  • You can also cook potatoes and other veggies at the same time – one less job to do!

how long do you cook roast beef in slow cooker

Which is the best cut for slow cooked roast beef?

You can use any cut of beef joint that’s suitable for roasting or pot roasting, from boneless chuck roast (that’s the same as braising steak in the UK) to other budget friendly options such as brisket and topside. I usually order my beef joint from Amazon Fresh – such good quality!

Make sure your cut of beef will fit in your Slow Cooker – as you will see from the recipe video my joint was rather mahoosive! You can cut it in half if necessary.

Different beef cuts will yield different results. If you prefer a fall-off-the-fork tender beef roast then go for a brisket joint. If you want to slice your beef then a topside or top round will be a better option.

Remember that beef will shrink slightly as it cooks so buy medium-large joint, allowing for at least 200g (7oz) meat per person if you’re planning to feed the entire family this delicious meal.

how long do you cook roast beef in slow cooker

If you have the GreenPan Slow Cooker you can brown the beef directly in it saving washing up and energy!

  • Beef stock (beef broth) – I usually use Knorr Stockpots but you can use a stock cube or your favorite fresh or canned beef broth, preferably a low sodium one. Check this is gluten free if that is a concern
  • Worcestershire sauce, Balsamic vinegar and soy sauce (use Tamari for GF version)
  • Concentrated tomato paste
  • Onion and garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Carrots – these add depth of flavor to the gravy and you can serve them on the side, win-win!
  • Potatoes – these are optional. I actually prefer crispy roast potatoes with my roast beef so I usually cook these separately in the oven or an Air Fryer.
  • Cornflour (cornstarch) to thicken the gravy. You can also use Xanthan Gum.

how long do you cook roast beef in slow cooker

TIPS FOR BEST-EVER SLOW COOKER BEEF

This triggers the Maillard reaction which adds tons This triggers the Maillard reaction which adds tons of flavor to your pot roast. If you are really short of time you can ‘dump and go’ skipping this step but for the best flavor in this tender roast beef, sear the meat first.

Place chuck roast into the cooker; pour in water until all but the top 1/2 inch of roast is covered. Sprinkle ground pepper over top. Cover and cook on Low until meat is tender, about 22 hours.

FAQ

How long does it take for beef to get tender in slow cooker?

Heat on high for 4 hrs or low for 6 hrs until the beef is cooked and tender. Remove from the liquor, cover and leave to rest for 30 mins. Meanwhile, make the gravy. Strain the cooking liquor through a colander over a large bowl or jug, then pour back into the slow cooker.

How long does raw beef take in slow cooker?

Cover the slow cooker and cook your beef joint for 5-8 hours on LOW or 3-6 hours on HIGH. A large topside joint requires around 5-6 hours on LOW setting or 3 on HIGH whereas a brisket can happily cook for up to 8 on LOW and 6 on HIGH. If you can, flip the beef joint over about halfway through the cooking.

Is it better to cook a roast on high or low in slow cooker?

A lower, slower setting will take six to eight hours for the most tender finish. Using a bone-in cut will enhance flavor but extend the cooking time. Choose a marbled cut of beef for the best results — the richness from the fat will create a luscious flavor that’s enhanced by the low and slow crockpot method.

How long does roast beef take in slow cooker chart?

Beef roast size
Cooking time LOW2
Cooking time HIGH3
2-3lb / 1-1.5kg
7-8 hours
3-4 hours
3-4lb / 1.5-2kg
8-9 hours
4-5 hours
4-5lb / 2-2.5kg
9-10 hours
5-6 hours
5-6lb / 2.5-3kg
10-11 hours
6-7 hours

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