Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe

Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe – So simple and delicious, you’ll definitely want left overs of this balsamic roast beef recipe for all those scrumptious leftover meals!

Okay, this. This needs to be on your menu immediately. No kidding.

By now, you’ve probably noticed that I really love my slow cooker. I also really, really love simple roast beef recipes. And when you marry the two you get the easiest slow cooker roast beef recipes you could ever imagine.

I fall in love with them more every single time I make them. But this. This balsamic roast beef recipe really has become a family favorite.

If you love chuck roast recipes that are different from the one you’ve made week in and week out and love the ease of slow cooker and crock pot recipes, then I think this is one slow cooker beef recipe that you are truly going to love, too!

Full of flavor, but not in a way that is overpowering by any means, my balsamic roast beef recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or a slow Sunday supper.

And the leftovers? You definitely want to have leftovers of this roast beef – or do like I’ve done in the past and cook two just to be sure that you do!

I’m all about simple recipes that I know will be loved when I serve them. When they are routinely requested for supper, I know I’ve done something right. And this recipe falls into that category.

This is one of the few recipes on the blog that I also share in my cookbook and is one that many of you have loved as well.

One of the things I love most about this recipe is that my balsamic roast beef recipe doesn’t require any browning of your beef before adding to your slow cooker or anything of that nature. You simply add your roast beef to the slow cooker, mix and pour in all of your liquid ingredients, toss in your garlic and turn on your slow cooker. How easy is that?

After it has cooked, remove your roast beef with tongs into a serving dish. I then like to just use two forks to break the meat that hasn’t already fallen apart into pieces. It is so tender, it practically falls part! Then, I spoon some of the gravy over the meat and serve.

But, be sure to pour the remaining gravy into an airtight container and place in your refrigerator to use for another meal – like these Balsamic French Dip Sandwiches!

Here’s the recipe for my Balsamic Roast Beef. I can not wait to hear how you like this one!

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Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe

This Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe is simple and delicious. You'll definitely want left overs of this roast beef recipe for all those scrumptious leftover meals!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 3-4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped

Instructions

  • Place roast beef into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over roast beef and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)
  • Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of gravy over roast beef.
  • Store remaining gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.

Notes

If you prefer a more pronounced flavor, once the roast beef has been removed, use a fat separator on the gravy and then pour the gravy into a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the gravy has reduced by half.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

846 comments on “Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe! I had made a recipe called “Mississippi Pot Roast” in my slow cooker the week before and it was such a disappointment–tough and flavorless!–that I ended up throwing most of it out. Still, I had my taste buds set for a good pot roast and I happened upon this recipe. I don’t like heavily marbled meat, so chose two top round roasts (both of which were cut for London Broil, about 8 inches wide by 2 inches high). I seasoned them with coarse salt and pepper and seared them in an iron skillet, then deglazed the skilled with the balsamic-beef broth mixture and put everything in the slow cooker. I know you said the meat did not have to be seared, but I can’t let go of some old habits, ha-ha. Anyway, after 8 hours on low, the meat just fell apart. I took some of the juice out of the slow cooker and thickened it slightly in a small saucepan with a bit of cornstarch slurry.I I put this in a gravy boat and passed it around at the table–there was still plenty of juice in the slow cooker. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes, given the pot roast disaster the week before, but I was amazed at the flavor and texture of the meat and so was my family. I had leftovers today at lunch and I am looking forward to making this again. Great Recipe!!

    • Glad you enjoyed it, MJS! Thanks!

    • Not sure what went wrong, I’ve made the Mississippi pot roast a few times and my kids LOVE it, full of flavor. I use an entire stick of butter, 1 packet of ranch, 1 packet of brown gravy, and like 8-10 peppers. It always turns out awesome. I’m excited to try this one as well. 

  2. Can I put a frozen roast in for this recipe or does it need to be thawed? 

  3. My family loved it!! I picked up a roast on sale and wanted something other than the standard ‘Sunday roast’ (just like you said lol). Towards the end I threw in 3 chopped carrots and some sliced cabbage. I served it with garlic mashed potatoes and my picky husband went back for senconds and then thirds!! He also requested that I make a stew with a mixture like this 🙂 thanks for the recipe!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  4. Can I sub beef broth with anything?

  5. What would be a good side for this dish besides the traditional carrots or Potatoes? Can’t wait to try this version sounds delicious!

    • Hi Kesha,
      I serve with many of my favorite vegetables, such as green beans, asparagus, and more, as well as potatoes or rice. I also love to serve with the Popovers in my cookbook. Enjoy! Thanks!

  6. This roast was excellent! My only complaint would be the taste of the red pepper flakes, other than that, really good and flavorable.

  7. I love this recipe I made it for dinner tonight. I marinaded it last night then put in the crockpot on low for 8 hours on low.

  8. I don’t have beef broth, can I use water instead?

    • I accidentally forgot to put in my beef broth concentrate, so essentially just used water and it turned out just fine.

    • I just used vegetable broth, which was all I had in the cupboard. Didn’t think to see if I had bouillon cubes like another poster suggested. Worked out just fine. 

  9. GENIUS!!!! This recipe is so simple and knocks the socks off your guests with it’s amazing flavors. By far, the best crockpot recipe I have to date!!!! 

    This past time I added a bunch of sliced porcini and portobellos….WOW! Many ways to slay this recipe and shockingly yummy!!!!

  10. Two bits of advice that have worked for me, as I have made this dish many times and also included it in my several freezer swaps:

    1. shred the meat ALONG the grain and set aside
    2. thicken the gravy; pour juices into a gravy separator, allow a few minutes to let separate, pour into saucepan all but ~1/2 cup; bring large amount in saucepan to a boil; add 1/4 cup cornstarch to smaller amount & whisk; mix into boiling gravy, whisk until thickened then pour over shredded meat

  11. I just made this and it’s delicious.  What’s the best way to reheat without drying out?

  12. I’m making this right now in lieu of turkey for Thanksgiving! Making all the traditional Tgiving sides though : ) it’s smelling delish!

  13. We made it today.  Most tender beef we had in years

  14. OMG if you have not made this yet, do it right now! I have never posted a review before but I just had to say something about this one. I simmered this all day in my slow cooker while watching my grand children today. My daughter asked what smelled so good and I showed her. Seriously this is the easiest recipe to make and by far the best beef roast I’ve ever had!! I’m keto so I put in on mashed cauliflower and I about died it was so AMAZING!!! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. 

  15. First time making it and wow it came out delicious 😋 my family loved it! 

  16. I’ve used this recipe several times, for my household and for guests. It is easy to prepare and the taste is absolutely wonderful! The meat is juicy and tender. We eat with hoagie buns or smother it with servings of mashed potatoes. Fabulous meal! This recipe makes anyone get compliments as if they were a professional chef 👨‍🍳 Brava 

  17. The roast and sandwiches look awfully good.

  18. This sounds so good! I found the recipes while looks for shoulder roast recipes. How would this do with a shoulder roast?

  19. Is there some way to make this in the instant pot?

  20. This is the EASIEST and BEST roast I’ve ever made!! I made it for Christmas dinner and not only did my parents and in-laws love it so much that they asked for the recipe, but they talked about it to their friends who also asked for the recipe. My super-picky youngest daughter even went back for seconds (which she NEVER does for meat), and she said “mama, it’s so good!”. Made my heart smile… 

    When I made it, I browned it in a heavy dutch oven then cooked it in the oven for 3 hrs on 350. I added a diced onion under the roast, a whole sprig of rosemary, and a package of fresh baby portabella mushrooms (halved). I’m making it again today without adding the mushrooms and can’t wait for dinner tonight! Thank you for such a phenomenal recipe. It will be our Christmas dinner recipe every year from now on!

  21. This was wonderful. A perfect combination of flavors. I am a good cook but always looking for new ideas. My family is not big roast beef eaters but this time there was none left. Served the beef with mashed potatoes and used the sauce as gravy. Super meal. Thank you.

  22. Pretty darn good. I will be making this again for sure! How I made my gravy is I melted two tablespoons butter in a sauce pan then two tbsp flour to make the roux then a cup of juice from the roast. Let that simmer till you like it. I put the meat on a bed of mashed potatoes then put some browned buttered corn with paresely on top then I drizzled it with that gravy. Omg it hit the spot 

  23. Hello, can I cook this dish in the oven instead of a slow cooker? I guess I would have to add more liquid ? 

  24. Can an arm roast be used?  Will it shred like the others?
    Thanks. 

  25. Love this meal! Family think it’s delish 🙂 I add chopped onions to the sauce in the beginning aswell love it 

  26. This looks delicious. What strength of balsamic did you use?

  27. This is my dinner tomorrow I gave my husband the list of ingredients needed he looked at me with this look and is not sure about the balsamic vinegar told him about the awesome reviews and I am going for it. I will let you know what my family thinks Sounds wonderful to me.

  28. Thinking of cooking the roast with irish potatoes, carrots and celery and onions.Have you also? Should they be in the bottom of crock pot?

  29. I only have a 2lb roast, do I still use same amount of liquid? Also when you say put in slow cooker insert, do you mean place it on the metal rack, so it’s not touching the slow cooker pan? Thank you! 

  30. Can I use regular vinegar

    • It would completely change the recipe, Brenda as the balsamic vinegar adds a lot of flavor to it. I’d suggest using it as written in the recipe. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks!

  31. Made this recipe exactly as it reads with a 3.5lb chuck roast on low for 7 hours. It is perfect!

    I have removed the fat from the remaining gravy and am looking forward to making French Dip sammies tomorrow with the leftovers!

  32. I made this for my family – 5 and 7 yo – I put 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar- and it was delicious- a huge hit – which is SO rare! My hisband wants it as a staple! Fine by me- super quick and easy and yummy! 

  33. Will this recipe work with a top round roast?

  34. This has been a hit with my family – especially my 5 year old and husband who have requested it as a weekly staple. It’s SO easy and delicious – I only use 1/4 cup of balsamic, and it’s still very tasty, but not too strong for the kids.

  35. Absolutely amazing! I do this recipe all the time. I add shallots to it, they come out very good with the sauce.

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