Balsamic Beef {Slow Cooker}

Feb 17

All hail the crock pot! It has been my favorite thing this winter. The hubby even got me a new one for Valentine’s Day, and this one has a timer — dream come true. Seriously :) When I asked for a crock pot, he reminded me that he would never get me an appliance for a holiday (remember that scene in Father of the Bride??? Blender…). BUT, I told him that appliances are perfect for gifts when I ask for them because he can cook for me in it too!



One of the first things that we made was balsamic shredded beef, slightly adapted from Shugary Sweet. This was so easy and packed with flavor, a real hit! And making mashed potatoes was super easy too. Yay for easy but hearty recipes!

Balsamic Beef 2- Food Ramblings

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  • 4 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy


Whisk together all the ingredients, except the beef, and pour in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the chuck roast. Cover the slow coker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Shred roast with forks in crock pot nd mix in with juices.

Serve over mashed potatoes with the juices as a gravy. Enjoy!

Balsamic Beef - Food Ramblings

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Comments: 53

  1. brett Feb 17 at 3:19 pm Reply

    I like balsamic ANYTHING. seriously. I love love love it.

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:40 pm Reply

      ME TOO!

  2. I have to try this for our next slow cooker meal!

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:40 pm Reply

      Please do and let me know how you like it!

  3. Rachael Feb 17 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I love balsamic anything. Your Balsamic Beef recipe looks great. Love that you can cook it in a Crock Pot.

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Thanks Rachael– crock pots make things so easy!

  4. Dee Feb 17 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I bet this is so good. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Thanks Dee!

  5. Jennifer B Feb 17 at 4:17 pm Reply

    This sounds wonderful and perfect served over mashed potatoes! Delicious comfort food!

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer- I love comfort food, and this isn’t too unhealthy either!

  6. Debbie Denny Feb 17 at 4:31 pm Reply

    That is a wonderful present and meal. Tasty.

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie!

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Feb 17 at 4:35 pm Reply

    I love meals that I can make in my crock pot. I am always so busy that I love to make something and leave it until later.

    • Elizabeth Feb 19 at 10:42 pm Reply

      Me too- crock pots are great and perfect during winter!

  8. Tina Feb 17 at 4:52 pm Reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my crock pot! I use it in the summer, mostly. OK, sure, I take it out in the winter too, when I’m too busy to cook or when I find a great recipe like this one!! And it’s not difficult to “switch” a recipe to the crock pot, too! Thanks for this one, because I have a pot roast recipe that needs to be switched and I’m now motivated to do it!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Great- thanks for stopping by Tina. Glad I can help with a new slow cooker!

  9. Nicole Brady Feb 17 at 6:44 pm Reply

    I love my Crock Pot. Using it tonight/tomorrow for beans and meatless chili.

    I don’t think I’ve ever added balsamic vinegar to slow cooker beef. As much as I like balsamic vinegar, I’m sure this would be a huge hit.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:10 pm Reply

      It was a hit in our household!

  10. Pam Feb 17 at 7:15 pm Reply

    I love my crockpot too. Such a time saver when I know I won’t have time to cook. Balsamic anything is a favorite around here.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:11 pm Reply

      Even when I have time, I still like throwing things in a slow cooker– so I can do all the other things on my to do list :)

  11. lisa jones Feb 17 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Looks & Sounds Deous Can’t Wait To Try!!

    • lisa jones Feb 17 at 9:03 pm Reply

      I Mean’t DELICIOUS!!! LOL!

      • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:12 pm Reply

        Thanks Lisa! I mistype all the time!

  12. You had me at balsamic! And I agree, I have no problem with appliances as gifts, as long as I ask for them!

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Wendy! We’re on all the same pages :)

  13. DawnC Feb 17 at 9:31 pm Reply

    That sounds delish! I will have to try this.

    • Elizabeth Feb 23 at 10:37 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn- please let me know if you do try it!

  14. Sandra Feb 17 at 9:54 pm Reply

    love balsamic anything – especially beef! Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:48 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Sandra!

  15. Brandi Feb 17 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I have a roast in the freezer that is begging to be dropped in my crockpot and doused with balsamic vinegar. I think I will let it have it’s way!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:48 am Reply

      Wonderful- let me know how you like it!

  16. Beeb Ashcroft Feb 17 at 10:34 pm Reply

    That looks SO GOOD! I love how you served it on mashed potatoes, I want to try that. Aaaand now I need to eat dinner. LOL!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:49 am Reply

      Thanks Beeb!

  17. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Feb 17 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t know I was hungry! This has got me craving dinner!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:49 am Reply

      Whenever I read blogs, I get hungry too!

  18. Dawn Feb 18 at 3:14 am Reply

    I have never tried Balsamic Beef but it looks really good. I love using the slow cooker. :)

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:49 am Reply

      The slow cooker is my favorite kitchen tool!

  19. Joanne Feb 18 at 7:34 am Reply

    The crockpot can DEFINITELY be a lifesaver some nights! This sounds like a great comfort food meal to come home to!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:50 am Reply

      It’s normally a lifesaver for me on those busy days!

  20. Mama to 5 BLessings Feb 18 at 9:26 am Reply

    that sounds nice and savory, I would have never thought to add balsamic to beef – yummy!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:50 am Reply

      I love balsamic with almost everything :)

  21. Vonnie Feb 18 at 10:48 am Reply

    Looks and sounds yummy! I really need to cook more with my slow cooker. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds easy enough!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:50 am Reply

      Thanks Vonnie!

  22. Danielle @ We Have It All Feb 18 at 10:58 am Reply

    This sounds delicious, my whole family would love it I think.

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:51 am Reply

      Thanks Danielle- let me know if you try it!

  23. Cara Feb 18 at 2:05 pm Reply

    This looks great! I love balsamic on anything! I will definitely have to try it!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:51 am Reply

      I love balsamic on anything too!

  24. Danyelle Lorenzo Feb 18 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Oh yummy! I never know what to do with balsamic vinegar! Now I have a great recipe!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:51 am Reply

      Glad to help!

  25. Debi Feb 18 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Oh it sounds great. I do not cook with balsamic enough. I really love it.

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:52 am Reply

      Me too Debi!

  26. Elizabeth Batte Feb 20 at 9:39 am Reply

    YUM!! I’m all about a crockpot recipe, especially after long days at work when I’m craving something good AND easy!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Elizabeth Apr 22 at 10:52 am Reply

      You;re welcome Elizabeth!

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