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Crock Pot Balsamic Roast

posted by Julie Evink on June 28, 2013

Crock Pot Balsamic Roast ~ Savory Roast, Carrots & Potatoes! via

Crock Pot? In the summer? I bet you think I’m nuts.

A lot of people associate the beloved crock pot with the winter months, but I’m here, jumping and screaming from the rooftops, to tell you not to put that baby away. If you already did, dust it off and give it a hug!

The crock pot is perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want to heat up your entire house and you still want a fabulous home cooked meal. Plus summers are crazy busy. Like super crazy. So who doesn’t like a quick meal you can throw in the crock pot and forget about then come home too? {Picture me jumping up and down right now waiving my hand}

When I saw this recipe over at Shugary Sweets I knew it was calling my name. I’m a seriously balsamic addict. There’s this lovely Italian restaurant in my hometown and I go there literally for the fresh bread and dunk it in balsamic. I think I could drink it with a straw.

Now if you aren’t such a fan of balsamic no worries. Neither is the hubs and he loved this roast. It’s juicy, tender and has a hint of balsamic.

So embrace the crock pot for the summer and put this Balsamic Roast on your menu!



53 reviews

Crock Pot Balsamic Roast

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 8 hours Serves 8     adjust servings


  • 4-5lb beef roast
  • 1 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 lbs baby red potatoes, quartered


  1. In a small bowl whisk together beef broth, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, salt, red pepper flakes and garlic.
  2. Place beef roast in crock pot. Top with carrots and potatoes. Pour liquid mixture over the beef, carrots and potatoes.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 655kcal Calories from fat 282
% Daily Value
Total Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 694mg29%
Carbohydrate 34g11%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 57g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe Adapted from Shugary Sweets

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  • Danielle Green

    I love balsamic!! I go crazy for a good balsamic reduction as well. My husband isn’t a fan either, but I bet even he would like this. It would be a good recipe to use up some of the beef in my freeze that he keeps bringing home. I think I will have to make this next week before I go on vacation so he has some real food in the house, besides frozen pizzas!

    • Julie Evink

      Woohooo something not to plain for Danielle to try 🙂

  • Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    Looks delicious Julie! I think crock potting in the summer is genius!! Way better than the whole oven on!!

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

    This looks wonderful! And you are so right about using the slow cooker in the summer, because who wants to cook over a hot stove in the summer! Just throw something in the slow cooker, I definitely need to dust mine off!

  • Tanya

    Well balsamic vinegar is my favorite! Sounds like the perfect flavoring for a roast!

    • Julie Evink

      Mmmmm I think our taste buds are twins!!!

    • Joyce

      Can’t wait to try the balsamic beef roast!! Looks delish!! Does it only feed 4? Seems like a lot of meat…

  • Stephanie Majors

    This looks great! I want to try this sometime, I will print it off and save it in my recipe book. 🙂

  • Tatum

    Can I cook it on high for a shorter period of time?

    • Julie Evink

      I think you can but I’ve never tried it! It might not be as tender….

  • patti reed

    What cut of roast would you recommend Julie?

    • Julie Evink

      Anything really works. I usually just grab one out of my freezer!

  • Stephanie

    Had this tonight and it was absolutely WONDERFUL! Will totally be making this again.

    • Julie Evink

      So happy to hear that Stephanie!

  • Trish Butler

    You picture is amazing. I toolike Balsamic Vinegar.
    I am deffinatly going to make this.

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Trish that’s like the biggest compliment ever well now if you tell me it tastes amazing then we’ll be set 🙂

  • Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    This looks SO good! Visiting from Pinterest. I shared this with my readers today!

    • Julie Evink

      Welcome and thanks for sharing!!!

  • Jana

    I am making this right now. I am a little worried that there is too little liquid. I double checked the recipe and added the correct amounts. It doesn’t cover my 3lb. roast or the vegetables on top. Should I add more beef broth? Thanks!

    • Julie Evink

      That’s all the liquid I used. You can add more if you’d like or try basting it if you around every once in awhile!

  • Cathy

    Hi Julie, I found your site through Pinterest and you have some great recipe ideas! Can’t wait to try this one. (The crock-pot macaroni and cheese one sounds yummy too) : )

    • Julie Evink

      Glad you found me Cathy! Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  • nicole

    This looks great! gonna try it tomorrow night..just wondering, could I throw brussel sprouts, and or green beans in there? Would they cook well at that temp/time frame?

    • Julie Evink

      I’m not sure but I would think if you threw them in half way through that would be good! Let me know how it goes!

  • Ally

    Hello! I am trying this tonight! @Tatum, I got started late and have to cook it on high (maybe abt 4 hours). Will let everyone know how it turns out at this time/temp

  • Nikki

    Has anyone tried a vegetarian version of this? I love the recipe but don’t know what kind of fake meat I should use. Help!

  • Linda

    Though the meat & veggies are very very tasty, I found the sauce to be way too sweet. If I make it again, I will add much less brown sugar.

  • Val

    Made this tonight. I followed the directions almost exactly, the only difference was I added sliced onion. The meat was tender, the potatoes and carrots were cooked perfectly. My husband LOVED it but personally I found it a little sweet for my taste. Still a very tasty and easy recipe.

  • Rachel

    I’ve been excited to try this for a while now and I think today is the day! This may be a super silly question but I only have a 2.6lb roast, should I half the time and the measurements of everything else?

    • Julie Evink

      I think it’s fine with the normal ingredients just watch the cooking time. It might not take quite as long to cook through!

  • Jeanne

    First of all, let me state that I am not a pot roast type of person. But the flavor on this was so amazing, and I will definitely make it again.

  • fiona

    Love this recipie, it’s in my slow cooker now AGAIN ! ready for tea tonight 🙂

  • Jess

    I made this this week and it was awesome! My husband is kind of picky and he asked what I did differently because it tasted so good. It got a little sweet so next time I think I’ll halve to brown sugar. Definitely will make again!


    I really love this flavor. Was looking for something different for a venison roast—This is delicious—Thank You for sharing
    OH and SOOOOOOOO easy

  • Stephanie

    I’m making this right now! The only thing is as it has cooked there seems to be more and more liquid in the pot. It’s not really looking at all “charred” like your picture. Should I drain some of the liquid or just let it keep cooking? (about 6 and a half hours in)

    • Julie Evink

      I’m sorry Steph that I didn’t see this earlier. I would have just kept cooking it!

  • Karen Goodman

    I was thrilled to find a complete meal in a single crockpot since I’m in the middle of a kitchen remodel. It was actually the first of the recipes I tried that I included on my blog post with 15 crockpot recipes for a kitchen remodel (

    The recipe worked great, though I think I would have liked a cut of beef that shredded more (I ended up with slices). And a little more balsamic flavor. I love how easy it was too!

  • Kimberly W.

    Hi Julie – this recipe is to die for. I made it for a second time today and wow! I braise the meat before placing it in the crock-pot to lock-in the flavor. I add mushrooms and 1/2 a sweet onion chopped as well. YUM!

    • Julie Evink

      Great additions! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Deadra

    Well I clicked on the link from Pinterest & I see no recipe for this at all …

    • Julie Evink

      Did you see the “Click her for Recipe” Button?

  • Colleen Bruns

    I was wondering if you put those baby potatoes in the entire time and how did they turn out? We’re they mushy at all? Thanks so much, I wanted to make this tomorrow.

    • Julie Evink

      Yes I do! And no they aren’t mushy for me at all.

  • Laura McCoy

    Do you think I could use a cranberry walnut balsamic? I bought it at a olive oil store and have no idea what to make with it… (new to the whole cooking thing.. lol)

    • Julie Evink

      Yes I think you could! That would be fabulous with a pork loin too. Just make the pork loin then reduce the balsamic over medium heat for 5-10 minutes till it gets nice and thick then drizzle it over the pork loin! Delicious!

  • Chelsea Love

    Wow, this looks delish. We’re always looking for new crockpot recipes (who isn’t during this season, right?) And this looks like a whole family win! Minus the carrots, toddlers think they’re poisonous. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Chelsea! I know I’m always on the look out for new slow cooker recipes too!

  • Nickole

    It was sooo easy and absolutely delicious!

    • Julie Evink

      Glad you enjoyed it Nickole! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Titan Tyler

    This was the best roast ever. I don’t even like roast. I made it for my parents and kept some for us and made french dip sandwiches today that were the bomb. I added some of Johnny’s Au Jus liquid from a bottle to the gravy left. I did add onions to the roast and 1/2 tsp of sage(my Granny always did that) This is a 10 star keeper

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