Slow-Cooker Asian Beef
This succulent, spicy and just-a-little-sweet Asian beef is almost sinfully easy to prepare in the slow-cooker -no pre-browning, extensive preparation or complicated sauces- yet somehow yields incredibly deep flavours. It's good enough to serve to company. Adapted gently from and with many thanks to the lovely Robyn Stone of Addapinch.com
- 1 3-4 pound boneless top round or bottom round beef roast
- 1 cup beef or chicken broth
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 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, 1/4 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 3/4, 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.
To Freeze and Reheat Leftovers:
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.