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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
Keyword balsamic roast beef recipe, gluten free roats beef recipe, gluten free slow cooker beef, slow cooked roast beef
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 1/2 cups beef broth divided
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 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 1/2 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