Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast

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This sweet and savory Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast is one of those classic, tender pot roast recipes that instantly becomes a family favorite. Served with some garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes and crispy baked broccoli for an amazing meal.

There are some meals that become family favorites the very first night you prepare them. This was one of those meals. Everyone loved it and we were fighting over the leftovers for lunch the next day. There is just something about this tender beef cooked in sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar, a touch of brown sugar, and a hint of heat from red pepper flakes that feels like a big warm hug. 

Whatever you do, don't forget to serve it with the leftover cooking liquid, or jus. You could even turn it into a gravy if you wanted something really special. It is so good and makes the dish something special.

How to serve Balsamic Beef?

Thinking classic pot roast dishes, there are so many options for serving this dish from the simple to a holiday or special occasion meal. Here are some ideas: 

  • For an easy family meal, my favorite way to serve this is with some mashed potatoes and roasted carrots
  • For a special occasion, I do the same as above but also add some green beans, and this Wild Rice and Roasted Squash Salad
  • Another option that I love is using polenta. Since this roast beef has the most amazing jus, I like to make a creamy polenta to serve under the beef with some roasted asparagus.
  • Although not a classic option, no one would blame you for serving this with some egg noodles and roasted onions. 
  • If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, consider serving this with some crispy hashbrowns and eggs for the most amazing breakfast hash you've ever had.
  • No one would blame you for turning this into a delicious sandwich with some hearty bread and melted cheese. If this is the plan, I highly recommended using the red pepper flakes.

What cut of beef is best for the slow cooker?

For a fork-tender, fall apart beef dish, you need to start with the right cut of beef. Normally pot roast calls for beef chuck, which is marbled with lots of fat. This is the most affordable option but will be a but higher in fat.

For a lighter option, there are some other cuts that work just as well but have fewer calories. Normally I reach for a lean beef eye roast. You could also use lean brisket, lean beef stew meat, or flank steak. 

Do I need to brown the beef before putting it in the slow cooker?

It is totally up to you if you want to brown the beef before adding it to the slow cooker. It will give you a deeper, richer flavor and create some of those nice browned edges. However, if you don't want to take the extra time and dirty an extra dish, you can skip the browning. 

Looking for more Slow Cooker Beef dishes?

Try this Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Roast, Italian Beef, or Pot Roast and Potatoes.

The Recipe
Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast

Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast

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COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 2 lbs lean beef eye roast, trimmed (or top round roast)
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (coconut aminos for Paleo)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (leave out for low carb/Paleo or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

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Add the beef to the slow cooker. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the beef.


Cook on low for 8 hours. When ready, shred or slice and serve with the jus leftover in the slow cooker.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 91mg
Sodium 238mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 5g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Made good! Used the weird pointy end of the eye round, which is affordable but can be hard to find a good use for. Sliced it once, across, then shredded in the jus. The touch of heat was perfect for me, hubs sprinkled more pepper on his. Served over gnocchi, and couldn't stop shoveling it in.
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