As with any of my recipes; the seasonings, etc., is personal preference and this is my personal preference. If you love onions and garlic then knock your socks off ;) but don't put so much that you'll have some family member who is usually the family wise-guy say: "why don't you add a little meat to your garlic and onions."
This is no frills because sometimes I just want a beef roast without all those vegetables or as in this case, I didn't have any and I didn't want to run to the store but I still wanted a roast :)
- 3-4 pound roast - hormone-free & grass-fed beef for me!
- Minced Garlic - 1-2 tsps (more if you have a bigger roast)
- Fresh Onion - as much as you want
- 1 box of Cream of Mushroom soup - low or no sodium
- Roast Rub - Gluten-free is what I use
- Avocado oil - for browning the roast and coating your crock pot
PreparationPrep-time: 15 minutes
While you are preparing your roast for browning, use cooking spray or the avocado oil to coat your crock pot so that nothing sticks. Turn on your crock pot on low and throw in your chopped onions and garlic.
Heat up a frying pan that has avocado oil in it - I have the dial on 6 or 7, and that's part of the reason why I use avocado oil, it can handle the high heat without setting off the smoke alarm ;) not only that, it is yummy.
While the frying pan and crock pot are heating up, rub your seasoning into your roast.
Rub your roast generously and make sure the Rub you're using is low to no sodium. Salt has the tendency to dry out your meat when cooking in crock pots - yuck.
I usually wear latex-free gloves when I do this, as I prefer not to touch the meat - personal preference.
After you rub it, throw it into your heated frying pan. I cook my meat for 2 minutes on each side as I don't want to fry it I just want to fast brown it.
As you can see, at this high heat, 2 minutes is good, some folks like to brown it 4 minutes on each side - it doesn't take much.
While your roast is browning, now throw your cream of mushroom soup in your crock pot.
After browning your roast, throw it on top of the onions, garlic and cream of mushroom soup.
Cook on low for 8 hours. I like cooking it slow, but you can also cook on high for 5ish hours.
Cooking times Considerations
I cook a lot of my meats and fish on low; I just prefer it as I usually prepare crock pot dinners in the morning and then forget all about it. By time the cooking is done, I'm usually ready for dinner.
A 4 pound beef roast will cook for 8 hours on low and 5-6 hours on high.
Here's a link to Crockpot.com's site that talks about cooking times:
So experiment and enjoy a yummy roast for dinner tonight! Just follow some basic cooking guidelines for safety purposes and enjoy!
Here's to Happy Crockpotting!