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Slow-Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

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Slow-Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 0 min
  • Servings 6
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Slow-Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Dark beer lends incredible flavor in this simple slow cooker recipe!

Ingredients

3
to 4 pounds beef roast
3
tablespoons salt
1
tablespoon crushed pepper
1
stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2
sweet onion, finely diced
2
stems fresh rosemary
2
large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
8
ounces beer
2
tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Directions

  • 1 Pat roast dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle all sides of the roast with salt and pepper.
  • 2 In a large skillet, melt butter over high heat. As soon as the butter is melted, brown the roast in the hot butter until golden brown on all sides. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • 3 Turn stove down to medium-low. Toss onions and rosemary into the skillet. As soon as onions are softened (about a minute), pour everything in the skillet over the meat. Add sweet potatoes to the slow cooker. Pour beer over meat and sweet potatoes.
  • 4 Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours. 20 minutes before serving, turn slow cooker heat to HIGH and remove the meat from the slow cooker. Whisk cornstarch with 1/4 cup water. Whisk mixture into the juices that remain in the slow cooker. Cover and allow to thicken.
  • 5 Slice meat against the grain. Serve topped with slow cooker gravy and sweet potatoes. Enjoy!
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Possibly one of the yummiest beef roasts ever.

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

This roast cooks itself while it soaks in all kinds of goodness from veggies and... beer!

There are a hundred ways to make a good roast. But let’s make that 101.

Because this recipe for beer-braised roast is so insanely good, it deserves it’s own decade. Or Decacount. Or whatever happens when a list of 100 good recipes isn’t complete until you arrive at 101.

This is that recipe.

Slow cookers are a great way to make a tender piece of beef. Slow cook it over 6 hours in beer, and you won’t just get a tender piece of meat. You’ll get a delicious piece of tender meat. A meal worth sharing. A meal worth remembering. A meal so good (and easy!), you’ll want to make it again and again.

Here’s how you get foolproof, perfect beer-braised beef every time.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Now, this is the way to start a great dinner.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Then pat the roast with a clean paper towel until it’s dry. This may sound like an unnecessary step, but it’s key to getting a rich, browned crust on your beef. So don’t skip it!

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Now that it’s dry, sprinkle the meat with a lot of salt and pepper. Be generous. The more the merrier.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Melt some butter in a skillet and brown your meat in the hot butter. You’ll want to be sure you’ve browned all sides. This will give your final roast a nice look, and also infuses flavor into the roast and the sauce.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Transfer the roast into the crock of a slow cooker, then toss onions and rosemary into your hot buttery skillet. You want to cook these just until the onions are aromatic. Feel free to chop a few bits of the rosemary off the stem, but I tend to keep the rosemary on the stem. That way you get all of the flavor without those awkward pine-needley parts getting stuck in your final dish.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

After about a minute of cooking, the onions will be aromatic and the butter sauce will be ready to dump into the crockpot. Just pour it all on top of the meat.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Now add chunks of peeled sweet potatoes to your slow cooker and pour beer all over the top. I love using a dark beer because the hints of molasses make the end entrée delish. If you’re more of a light beer lover, by all means, go for it. A pumpkin ale would also lend amazing seasonal flavor to this recipe.

 

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Cover and cook for 6-8 hours, until the roast is tender. Then make a quick gravy from the drippings, cut the meat against the grain, and enjoy.

Beer-braised roast for everyone!

 

Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!

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