Now that the days are starting to get shorter, the boys get kind of squirrely in the evenings. There isn’t ever quite enough time between when they wake up from naps and when it starts getting dark and I need to start cooking dinner to run them around outside and wear them out. That makes getting dinner on the table when my Mr. is at work late hard. Thankfully, at least when I know he’s going to be gone late, I can pull out the slow cooker and get dinner going in the morning, before the wee-bits lose their tiny minds.
5-7 lb chuck roast
1 large onion, sliced thin
8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
sea salt, pepper, marjoram
1/2 c coffee (brewed strong)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 c baby carrots (optional)
Place your onion slices and smashed garlic cloves into the bottom of your crockpot. Rub all sides of your roast with salt, pepper and marjoram. Depending on the size/shape of your roast/crockpot, you may need to cut your roast into smaller chunks to fit. Place the meat on top of your onions and garlic.
Brew your coffee and pour it, along with your vinegar, over the roast. If you’re like me and preparing this first thing in the morning, enjoy the remaining coffee while switching your slow cooker to low. The roast should cook for around 10 hours. If you want to add the carrots (I suggest it, they were wonderful) toss them in about halfway through. Pull the meat apart using two forks and serve with the juices from the pot.
Gah slow cooked meals are such sweet torture. This one made my whole house smell downright painfully good all day long. The meat broke down wonderfully and, as I said, the carrots were incredible. I did find that this needed a bit of salt after it was cooked…the flavor only really reached the outside portions of the roast, so the inside was a little bland…but perhaps cutting the meat into smaller pieces would help distribute the flavor? I was surprised by how little I actually tasted the coffee. The roast absolutely had a great, unique taste…I just expected it to be more mocha than it was I guess. Anyhow, certainly worth trying on a day you know you’ll want dinner to be taken care of before you even change out of your pjs!