What's not to love about slow cooker meals? A roast is a simple way to make a meal that will impress your family and guests on a budget. When I first started making roasts, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't particularly like roasts growing up, but the meat consistently was affordable. I decided to take the plunge and learn how to make a delicious roast in a slow cooker. At first, my roast was over cooked, dry, and flavorless. With some practice, I've learned how to make a perfect roast every time.
The secret to make a perfect roast is to keep it simple. Don't add vegetables because they soak up the juice, leaving your roast dry. Another key is know when to prep your roast. Prepping includes allowing your meat to sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before cooking, seasoning the roast with a dry rub, and lastly, searing it. These steps will ensure your roast cooks evenly and add tons of flavor. You'll feel like you made a meal fit for a fancy restaurant. Pair your meat with steamed carrots and you're set!
Try the recipe below. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Perfect Roast Recipe
After 30 minutes, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in pan. When oil is hot, add roast to pan. (You should hear a sizzle. If you don't, wait until the pan is hotter). Sear roast on both sides until browned (about 3-5 minutes on each side).
Drizzle olive oil at the bottom of your slow cooker. Place roast in the slow cooker. (Careful, your pan may pop oil when you remove it!) Add about 2 cups broth. You may use other liquids if desired, including red wine.
Cook on high heat for 5 hours OR on low heat for 8 hours, or until meat is tender to fork.
Serve with your choice of vegetables. Garnish with leafy vegetables and cherry tomatoes if desired.
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