Balsamic Shredded Beef in Slow Cooker

Balsamic Shredded Beef in Slow Cooker – Simple and delicious, you’ll be able to use the leftovers for many healthy meals during the week!

This Crockpot Sirloin Tip Roast makes the juiciest fall-apart-tender shredded beef. You will find yourself using this recipe to make dozens of different meals, including shredded beef sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and more!

Have you tried meal prepping ,where you big batch one recipe, then repurpose it so that it can be used in new recipes throughout the week? Seriously, to make 3 or 4 meals you only have to cook this ingredient once. Shredded Beef in Slow Cooker is meal prepping MAGIC. (I’m thinking I might use the shredded beef in an omlette for breakfast tomorrow.) Heck ya! to cooking once and eating multiple times. This is the perfect protein to anchor a healthy meal.

Shredded Beef Additional Meal Ideas

  • Shredded Beef Stroganoff
  • Make a cuban beef by adding rice, green peppers, black beans, and rice
  • Make it for Taco Tuesday
  • Add a bit of BBQ sauce for a shredded pulled beef sandwich
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Potato Bar
  • Chili
  • Beef Barley Soup
  • Burritos
  • Omelets

This needs to be added to your menu immediately.

I love making meals with my slow cooker. When you combine a simple recipe with the ease of knowing you place the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and by evening you have the welcoming smell of dinner when it’s supper time and everyone is ready to eat.

How Do You Know When The Roast Is Done?

If after 8 hours the roast doesn’t easily pull apart, it needs a little longer to cook. Don’t believe the myth that a leaner roast is overcooked, that is why it will not pull apart. In most cases, the opposite holds true. Give the roast an extra hour or more, and it will fall apart and shred easily.

Why is Shredded Roast Beef a great recipe to make?

Shredded beef is:

  • Easy to make
  • Incredibly tender
  • Full of flavor
  • Like MAGIC for meal prepping
  • Makes all kinds of different recipes

Did you know a three ounce serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins to fuel your day? Beef is a great source of protein.

Balsamic Shredded Beef in a slow cooker works great to add to many delicious recipes. Make this easy beef recipe to have on hand for so many quick dinner dishes.

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Shredded beef in slow cooker made from sirloin tip roast is perfect for a family meal or meal prep
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Balsamic Shredded Beef in Slow Cooker

Balsamic Shredded Beef in a slow cooker works great to add to many delicious recipes. Make this easy beef recipe to have on hand for so many quick dinner dishes.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 271
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lb beef roast (sirloin tip, round, or chuck)
  • ½ tsp salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershipe sauce or soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp chili powder or ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion sliced thinly


  • 2 cups strained juice from slow cooker
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Sear roast on all sides by placing it in a hot skillet with 1 TBSP olive oil, turning every couple of minutes.
  • Place roast in crockpot on low and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and pour around the roast, except for the minced garlic and sliced onions.
  • Place the minced garlic and sliced onions over top of the roast.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. (I prefer 8 hours. If the roast does not pull apart - cook it for another hour or so.)
  • Remove roast from slow cooker and place on a large platter or foil lined sheet pan and shred with two forks.
  • Pour remaining juices over meat and serve hot over mashed potatoes. (or turn the juice into a gravy)


  • After the meat is finished cooking, mix the flour together with water in a protein shaker.
  • Using a strainer, remove beef tips from the slow cooker and place them in a separate bowl. Pour the strained liquid into a medium saucepan and heat until boiling.
  • Slowly pour your mixture of flour and water into the saucepan, stirring constantly until liquid starts to thicken.
  • You may want to season with salt and pepper.
  • Optionally, you can also add butter for more flavor and thickness [see notes]. When you do not add butter the gravy will be more like an au jus than gravy. If you would like the gravy to thicken even more you can add potato starch, one tablespoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Keep in mind that the gravy will thicken as it sits.



There are times I do not add honey because it can make the beef too sweet. Other times I put in ½ the amount of vinegar or leave the vinegar out all together. This is a no fail recipe. Enjoy finding your favorite combination.
Your Gravy is lumpy!
Pour it into a blender and it will quickly smooth the gravy out.
Gravy Nutritional Value: For gravy the nutritional value will always be a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the ingredients you choose to add to the gravy. The nutritional label for this recipe does not include the following optional ingredients.
   Optional gravy ingredients:
  • 1-2 TBSP butter (this will make the gravy thickener and richer. The recipe in the video is made without butter)
  • up to 3 TBSP potato starch (can use corn starch) add 1 TBSP at a time until it gets to your preferred consistency

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Hand Portions

When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.

Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.

Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

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