Slow Cooker Pomegranate Beef

Welcome back to Slow Cooker Monday! I haven’t done a Slow Cooker Monday in a few months, but you can look forward to seeing them more regularly (coming up next: pumpkin bread!).

Also, in honor of “Crock-tober,” Crock Pot asked me to create a video of a favorite or secret slow cooker recipe for their Crock-Star Confessions. There will be a new video each day this month (mine will go live on October 29). You can view them if you “like” the Crock Pot Facebook page, and besides getting lots of great slow cooker recipes, you can answer trivia questions with each video to enter to win $2500!

Today’s slow cooker recipe makes a incredibly tender beef coated in a slightly sweet sauce. Although it has pomegranate in the title, I was surprised the pomegranate flavor wasn’t more pronounced. Instead, the juice mingled with balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, garlic and spices to create a wonderful tangy sauce. I served it alongside some sauteed garlic broccolini but it would be even better with a big helping of mashed potatoes. Perfect for a hearty dinner on a fall or winter night.

Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe? I’d love to try it!


Slow Cooker Pomegranate Beef

Adapted from Gluten-Free Goddess

Makes 4-6 servings

  • 2 lbs. grass-fed chuck roast
  • Sea salt to taste
  • A few tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 14-oz. can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  1. Sprinkle salt on all sides of beef.
  2. In a 6 quart slow cooker, pour in enough olive oil to lightly coat the inside.
  3. Add in onion and garlic, stirring to coat in oil.
  4. Place beef inside slow cooker.
  5. Pour in pomegranate juice, tomatoes, vinegar and maple syrup.
  6. Add in raisins, herbs and a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper.
  7. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low (until meat is tender).
  8. Taste for seasonings and add more salt or pepper as needed.

10 Comments on Slow Cooker Pomegranate Beef

  1. Peggy
    October 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm (11 years ago)

    This looks incredible! I’m surprised I haven’t busted out my Crock Pot lately – my favorite thing to make in it is chili! Nothing like a chili that’s been simmering all day =)

    • Stephanie
      October 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm (11 years ago)

      @Peggy – mmm slow cooker chili sounds wonderful! Perfect for a chilly fall night.

  2. Ann
    October 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm (11 years ago)

    This looks delicious and CONGRATULATIONS on being asked to make a video…I’m not surprised – you have terrific crock pot recipes!

    • Stephanie
      October 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm (11 years ago)

      @Ann – thank you! 🙂

  3. Christine
    October 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm (11 years ago)

    This looks wonderful. Congrats on making the video.

    • Stephanie
      October 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm (11 years ago)

      @Christine – thanks! 🙂

  4. RavieNomNoms
    October 13, 2011 at 7:46 am (11 years ago)

    Congrats!! This recipe is really great, you can’t go wrong with the crock pot!

  5. kita
    October 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh, I have been looking for an excuse to use pomegranate in something (though you did say its not a very pronounced flavor) and I will take any reason to plug in my crock pot. Im really looking forward to crock pot Monday!

  6. Michelle
    October 31, 2011 at 10:02 am (11 years ago)

    anything in the slow cooker is a go for me!

  7. Mrs. L
    November 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm (11 years ago)

    Definitely time to get out that crock pot, and this sounds like a perfect dish to try. I have several bottles of pomegranate juice that need to be used. Thanks for the recipe.


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