Let me tell you about my friend, Robyn. She’s gorgeous, brilliant, talented, kind, warm-hearted, and has a seriously adorable family. Robyn is good people, people. All that’s impressive enough, right? Well, the woman can cook, too. She posted the most incredible looking Balsamic Roast Beef recipe a few of weeks ago and I about fell out of my chair it sounded so good.
In fact, her recipe is on that short list of ones that have sounded so darned good that I had to make it the minute I read it. Literally. As in, I stood up, unplugged my laptop and moved to the kitchen to begin making it AS I was reading it. I made that roast twice in one week.
…Then the third time I started making it (Yes, three time in two weeks. What?!? Me? Obsess much?) I realized I was out of a couple of ingredients. I preserved Robyn‘s method and played around with the stuff I always have handy. In this house, that usually means going Asian directions with recipes. The result was fah-hah-haaabulous.
It was so delicious I stood there pulling piece after piece off of the fall-apart tender beef dunking it into the pan juices and slurping it up. I dare not admit how much of it I consumed. I’ll just say that my husband came in the room to find out from whence the delectable aroma was coming and said, “Oh, I guess it was a small-ish roast?”
It was four pounds.
Yeah, so. The point is that it’s not just good, it’s great. If you have more willpower than I do, or start with a larger roast than I did, leftovers store and freeze, and reheat beautifully.
- 1 3-4 pound boneless top round or bottom round beef roast
- 1 cup beef or chicken broth
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup honey plus 2 tablespoons, divided
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons Asian Chili-Garlic Sauce, depending on heat preference.
- 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed with the side of a knife, depending on how garlicky you like things.
- 1 (2-inch) piece of ginger, lightly smashed with the side of a knife or a mallet
- Place the beef roast in the crock of a slow-cooker. Scatter the ginger and garlic cloves over and around the beef. Stir together the broth, balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup of the honey, the soy and fish sauces, and the chili garlic sauce and pour over the beef roast. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
- Carefully transfer the beef to a casserole dish or a large bowl. Pour the juices from the slow cooker into a small saucepan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey and bring to a boil over high heat. You can reduce by as much as ¾, just keep in mind the flavours will intensify the more you reduce it. While that is boiling, use two forks to shred the beef as finely as you wish.
- You may pour the reduced pan juices directly over the beef or serve as a sauce to be used at the table. We like to pour it directly over the beef, toss it, and serve over Spicy Asian Broccoli and hot rice.
- Put leftover meat and pan juices in a freezer-safe bag. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can before sealing and freeze flat. To reheat, empty the contents of a bag into a microwave or oven safe dish. Heat covered (by plastic in the microwave or foil in the oven) at a moderate temperature (75% in the microwave or 350°F in the oven) just until heated through.