Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Some people prefer to avoid any type of red meat when they have kidney problems, and others don’t care. Who is wrong and who is right? I just believe it is an individual choice that everyone must make for themselves with the expertise of their own healthcare team.

As mentioned here and there, I’m not giving advice on what diet people should adopt, I’m just presenting kidney friendly recipes that you need to check yourself if it’s right for you before cooking. That’s why you can find vegetarian, vegan, and juicy meat recipes like this slow cooker roast beef on this same site.

A kidney healthy slow cooked roast beef with salad.

Renal Diet

Phosphorus

This recipe is high in phosphorus. – The amount of phosphorus for roast beef is estimated at 2079 mg, so this is the primary source for this recipe.

Potassium

This recipe have a considerable amount of potassium. – Red meat is rich in potassium. The total amount of potassium for meat alone is estimated at 3652 mg.

Proteins

This recipe is high in proteins. – Meat is naturally very rich in protein. A roast beef of this size is rated at around 210g of protein. In this recipe, 1 serving contains between 90 and 100 g of meat (raw). The other ingredients don’t add a lot of protein.

Sodium

This recipe is low in sodium. – The sodium in this recipe comes primarily from roast beef, which naturally contains sodium. The other potential source is broth, but if you use an unsalted broth like me (with no added potassium), you won’t add much to the recipe. For example, the one I use contains only 40 mg of sodium and 40 mg of potassium per 150 ml.

How to make a good slow cooker roast beef

Here are my tips for making a great slow cooker roast beef :

Sear the meat

It’s not a mandatory step to sear the meat when it’s cooked slowly, but I think it’s worth adding more flavor.

No need for expensive meat

The real magic of the slow cooker is that it can turn almost any low-quality piece of meat into a good meal. You don’t have to buy expensive roast beef, my secret is that I buy chuck roast when it’s on clearance. Even with this tough piece, I can really get a tender and juicy roast beef.

More fat is better

Don’t choose a lean piece. Instead, choose a fat one. This is what will prevent the meat from drying during these long cooking times.

Don’t be afraid of the low liquid level

When you add the broth, some of you will think there is not enough liquid in the slow cooker. Don’t worry, that’s exactly how I do it and I never run dry. You can look at the photos in the recipe below, you will see that there are plenty of liquids at the end of cooking. This is because much of the juices come from the meat. The initial broth is only there for flavor, so no need to add more.

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A tender and juicy slow cooked roast beef.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Do you dream of a real good piece of meat that is tender and bursting with flavor? Do you like when your home adopt the aromas of a good, warm and comforting meal? Then all you have to do is take your slow cooker out of the cupboard, follow the directions, and enjoy a great bite of slow cooked beef.
5 from 7 votes
PREP TIME30 mins
COOK TIME8 hrs 30 mins
TOTAL TIME9 hrs
SERVINGS12 servings
KIDNEY NUTRITIONHigh protein | Low sodium
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INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 lb(s) boneless bottom blade roast
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves (fresh or in jar)
  • cup(s) unsalted beef broth
  • ¼ cup(s) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp pepper (preferably fresh ground)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take the piece of meat out of the refrigerator, unwrap it and let stand at room temperature while preparing the vegetables.
  • Dice the carrots, celery stalks and onions. Place all the vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker and mix. (You can cut the carrots into thin slices if you prefer.
    Chopped onions, carrots and celery in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, sear the meat 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    A well seared beef chuck roast in a cast iron skillet.
  • Place the piece of meat over the vegetables in the slow cooker.
    Seared roast beef over chopped onions, carrots and celery in the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, combine the unsalted beef broth, balsamic vinegar and liquid honey. Then pour the broth over the piece of meat.
    Pouring the broth over the beef roast in the slow cooker.
  • Place the chopped garlic and pepper on the meat.
    Seasoning the beef roast with pepper and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • Program your slow cooker to cook at low temperature for 8 hours.
    Slow cooker settled at low temperature.
  • At the end of cooking, remove the piece of meat and set it aside. Be careful, this one could be so tender that it will come undone when handling it. This is exactly what we want.
    Pulling apart the roast beef before putting it back in the slow cooker.
  • In a glass, mix the water and the cornstarch. Then mix everything in the slow cooker and program there for cooking at high temperature for 30 minutes.
    Adding cornstarch in the roast beef broth to thicken it.
  • Break up the meat and mix there with the vegetables and the broth. Let cool a bit before serving.
    Adding pulled beef in the thickened broth to make it juicier.

NOTES

The exact amount of vegetables is not very important. Depending on your dietary limitations, you could also add potatoes or any other boiling vegetable. The important thing is to cover the bottom of the slow cooker.
You want to try another of my slow cooked recipe? Look at my slow cooked pork roast.

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
220
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
63
mg
21
%
Sodium
 
111
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
465
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
18
g
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
Phosphorus
 
193
mg
19
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

For informational purposes only. Nutrition data is primarily calculated from the USDA National Database. Values may vary from accuracy of measurements, brands, nutritional data and more. All measurements are metric (1 cup = 250ml). Readers are encouraged to make their own calculations.

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2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Roast Beef”

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent! I seared the roast in my crockpot (bc it’s made for oven, grill, stovetop, crock), and just put the veggies (carrots and pearl onions, and a few mushrooms) around it. I used no salt beef broth and increased it by 1 cup. I probably didn’t need to, as I didn’t make the gravy. This is a keeper.
    It will make a great leftovers as a lunch option this week.

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