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Perfect Medium-Rare Roast Beef in the Slow Cooker

Did you know that you can use your slow cooker to make perfectly sliceable, medium-rare roast beef that tastes like it just came out of the oven?

November 17th, 2016

From SkinnyTaste Fast and Slow. Copyright © 2016 by Gina Homolka

The trick is to give the roast a good sear on all sides before placing it in the slow cooker to give it good flavour. Then all you need is a slow cooker large enough to hold the roast (6 quarts is perfect) and a meat thermometer so you know when it’s done. We like our roast beef medium-rare; if you prefer yours a bit less pink, adjust the cooking time and final temperature accordingly.
  • Beef:
  • Cooking spray
  • 21⁄2 pounds beef roast, such as top sirloin roast or round roast
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Gravy:
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  1. For the beef: Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat and coat it with cooking spray. Season the roast with the salt and pepper. Add the meat to the pan and sear until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast.

  2. Cover and cook on low until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium-rare, about 11⁄2 hours depending on the size of the roast, or until 140°F for medium. Transfer the roast to a cutting board, tent it with foil, and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Thinly slice the roast across the grain.

  3. For the gravy: In a small saucepan, whisk together the broth and flour over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Strain the drippings from the slow cooker into a bowl, then pour them into the gravy. Cook, whisking, for another minute. Season with pepper to taste, if desired.

Perfect Medium-Rare Roast Beef in the Slow Cooker
Photographs copyright © 2016 by Helene Dujardin

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