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Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef

Written by Stephanie Kay
  • 8 hours 20 minutes
  • 4

This recipe is great for those days you just don’t want to cook; simply toss everything in the slow cooker and you’ll have shredded beef ready in hours.

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  • two and a half pound sirloin roast
  • half teaspoon garlic powder
  • half teaspoon onion powder
  • one teaspoon paprika
  • one teaspoon cumin
  • one teaspoon chilli powder
  • quarter teaspoon salt & pepper to taste
  • half cup beef stock or water
  • two tablespoon tomato paste
  • two tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • one tablespoon butter


1. In a small bowl, mix spices and salt together to create a rub.

2. Using your hands, rub the spice mix onto the roast on all sides. Ensure that the beef is well covered.

3. In a skillet on medium-high heat, melt butter and sear roast on all sides. You simply want to cook the roast for 30 seconds per side to sear in all of the juices and enhance the flavour of the spices. You can skip this step, but the flavour won’t be exactly the same.

4. Transfer the seared meat to a slow cooker, and add in the rest of the ingredients to the pot. The meat will not be covered in broth, this is totally fine. More juices will run out as it the meat cooks down.

5. Turn the slow cooker on low and allow to cook for 8-10 hours. The meat will be done when it easily falls apart.

6. Once cooked, remove the meat from the slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board. (Do not throw out the leftover liquid in the slow cooker.) Using two forks, pull the beef apart until it is all shredded.

7. Depending on your slow cooker, the remaining liquid in the slow cooker might be thick or liquidy. If it is very runny, quickly transfer the liquid to a saucepan and cook on high for 5-10 minutes until the water has evaporated and the sauce has thickened. The leftover sauce will be used as an extra marinade for the beef.

8. Transfer the shredded beef back into the leftover sauce and toss well to combine.

9. The beef can be served immediately, stored in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for several months.

10. Enjoy!

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