One of my most favorite easy meals is slow cooker balsamic shredded beef! The reason it’s so easy is because it comes come with a laundry list of ingredients or steps in order to churn out some ridiculously delicious meat.
While I enjoy cooking, I don’t have a ton of time. Recipes like this one make my life easier because they are so endlessly flavorful. And they make a lot of food that I can repurpose into other dishes when I’m short on time seeing clients.
This slow cooker balsamic shredded beef recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo.
There’s no browning of the meat required. I used to do that step, but out of sheer laziness one time, I didn’t do it. The meat came out just as good.
Plus, this dish freezes really well. Just make sure to include the liquid from the dish, and you’ll be good to go.
When I shared a picture on Instagram of this defrosted deliciousness, people demanded that I share exactly how I made it.
So here you go!
Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef Recipe Details
A few notes about my slow cooker balsamic shredded beef recipe that will make your life easier:
1. This recipe requires broth or stock. It doesn’t really matter whether it is vegetable or beef to be honest. Beef broth or stock will make it slightly more flavorful, but not having it isn’t a deal-breaker.
Here’s how I make my own bone broth if you’re looking for an easy recipe.
Otherwise, you can buy pre-made broth at the grocery store or use bullion cubes. If you go this route, you MUST make sure that whatever you buy is clearly marked gluten-free. Don’t assume they are gluten-free simply because there shouldn’t be gluten in them. There are brands that have gluten in them.
Here’s the bullion cubes that I use since so few are actually gluten free.
2. The onions become really sweet, so don’t skimp on them. Trust me… you’ll be glad you didn’t.
3. I get my beef from Butcher Box. They make it super easy to get grass-fed and grass-finished beef sent to you. It doesn’t matter where in the US you live. And you don’t have to depend on the grocery store to carry it.
It’s been a lifesaving service and I also have appreciated their pork and chicken cuts as well. High-quality meat is important to help increase Omega-3 consumption as well as reduce overall toxin exposure. Both points are key when you’re working hard to get your health back on track after being sick for a long time.
I was skeptical at first if I’d like the whole delivery service aspect, but it’s really been a wonderful addition to our food routine. So if you haven’t yet done so, check out Butcher Box!
4. It’s okay that the liquid doesn’t initially cover the meat. I promise you that it will all cook and more liquid will be in the slow cooker when it’s done.
5. You can be rather liberal with your cuts of meat that you use. A chuck roast is great, but you can also go with boneless spare rib cuts. I’ve even used cuts of beef that I bought at the store that were frozen that I just wanted to use up. It all turns out the same.
Meal Ideas for Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef
1. Eat it with a sweet potato and roasted veggies.
2. Add it over gluten free pasta and top with some freshly grated parmesan cheese (if you’re okay with dairy. You can also add some peas to this version… it’s quite good. Just heat some up from your freezer!
3. Heat it up until it’s warm (not hot) and top a salad with it loaded with greens and other fresh veggies!
4. Make some tacos with it… it’s really good 🙂
These are a few ways that I’ve enjoyed this recipe. It’s really versatile and reheats well. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the liquid. If you want to drain the meat, that’s fine. But please save the liquid and use it. It can absolutely be frozen and used in the future. It’s just too good to waste!
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