Thanks to our ability to purchase 1/4 cow twice a year I am slowly learning the best ways to cook particular cuts of beef. The chuck roast – which is from the shoulder and neck of the cow – is delicious when cooked slowly. Leftovers are even better!
There is great nutritional benefit when cooking a cut like this. The bone cooks with the meat which adds great mineral diversity, fat, and flavor. The trick is keeping the meat moist.
This dish takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. The longer it cooks the better, so it’s the ideal dish for busy families!
Anytime I cook beef in this manner, I throw in a frozen bone broth cube*.
Cooking this cut of meat slowly in liquid protects the nutritive value and releases flavor.
- 2 medium onions, sliced (keep skin on if desired)
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 cups filtered water
- 3-4 pound chuck roast
- *optional spices include cayenne, cumin or my favorite steak rub recipe )
- Place sliced onions on the bottom of a slow cooker or dutch oven. (I love the Le Creuset dutch oven.See more about safe cookware
- Pat seasonings onto all sides of the chuck roast.
- Place chuck roast over the onions.
- Combine apple cider vinegar and water.
- Pour over meat and onions.
- Cook at low temperature (170 degrees is optimal), for a minimum of 4 hours. The longer the better.
- Slice and serve.
As for leftovers, I like heating it the next day on a gluten-free fermented Dosa. (View recipe here.)
My husband enjoys his own creation with eggs, snap peas and butter!
*To make bone broth cubes, pour cooled bone stock into ice cube trays and freeze. I love my stainless steel ice cube trays found here. Once they are frozen, simply pop them out and store them in the freezer. These cubes can be added to any slow cooked meat to enhance the juices.
Please tell me how the vinegar helps the meat? How strong is the flavor of vinegar in the food?
Andrea Fabry says
Lisa, I don’t taste any hint of vinegar. It actually helps bring out flavor and nutrients from the bones themselves. You certainly can leave it out or try just a little bit to see how you like it.