Sunday, October 18, 2009

#190_ Crock Pot Roast Beef/Pot Roast

Traditionally roast beef is cooked in the oven, but there are times I need to use the crock pot to cook the beef in specially when I would be gone for a while. Crock pot cooking is very convenient specially for busy moms. It is a pretty good alternative to oven roasting and the huge benefit you'll get from cooking with crock pot is that you can let "time" in a sense do the cooking, but don't expect the outcome to be the same. The roast cooked in the oven has nice outer crust specially the fat part ( Mmm, love the crisp fat!). Although the meat cooked in a crock pot won't have the same crispy crusts, it still can be tasty and succulent and tender.

How to Cook Beef in Crock Pot?

First, turn the crock pot on to low. Rinse the meat with cold water then dry with paper towel. Rub meat with seasoned salt (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt) or you favorite rub.

Heat some oil in a heavy skillet and sear (or brown) the meat on all sides. This way the juice is sealed in and blood from the meat won't seep through. You don't want to cook the meat in its own blood. Place the browned meat in the crock pot, fat side up. Put lid on and let it cook for 6 to 8 hours depending on the size of meat.

If you want the meat to be fork tender, slice the meat up and place it in a baking dish with its juice then put it in a 325 degrees oven for an hour. Serve with baked potatoes and au jus sauce or thickened gravy.

Pot Roast
Crock pot cooking is also good for making pot roast ( a different cut of meat).
Put cut vegetables like potatoes, carrots, celery, onions on the bottom of the pot, then place meat on top of veggies. Thicken the meat juice with flour or cornstarch on top of stove for gravy.

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