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Slow-Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef {Gluten-Free}

This is one of my all-time favorite beef slow-cooker recipes! It tastes delicious as a pot roast with mashed potatoes or your other favorite pot roast sides. It also tastes amazing as a sandwich. I like to save the liquid from cooking the beef for dipping the sandwiches. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 1 3-4 pound boneless roast beef chuck or round roast
  • 2 tablespoons oil I use avocado oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth divided
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped

For serving: (optional)

  • Toasted GF buns
  • Provolone cheese or blue cheese crumbles or both!


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering over medium-high heat. Season the outside of the roast generously with salt and pepper. Brown the roast on all sides. (You can skip this step, but I think it makes a huge difference and makes the flavor even better!)
  • Transfer the roast to the slow-cooker. There should be some brown pieces in the bottom of the skillet now. Over medium heat, pour in ½ cup of beef broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits. Pour the liquid into the slow-cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the slow-cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Shred the beef into chunks with a fork, removing any pieces of fat. Serve as a pot roast with your favorite sides or on toasted buns with the liquid for dipping. Enjoy!


My favorite gluten-free buns are from Trader Joe's. Be sure to use gluten-free balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and beef broth (not all of these ingredients are GF!) in this recipe. Sometimes I cut my chuck roasts in half when I buy them and they usually end up being around 1.5lbs. If you use a smaller roast, half the sauce.


Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 1147mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 7.2mg