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This London broil crock pot recipe takes very little effort, but you will end up with a very tender, flavorful meat along with a delectable gravy that's great served over rice or noodles or sopped up with some homemade bread!
So Fork-Tender and Delicious!
As you can see in the pictures, the meat is fork-tender and falls apart easily. No real need to cut with a knife.
In fact, if you wanted to you could pull it all apart (like pulled pork, except it's beef ...) and use it in soup or served mixed in with mac and cheese or mashed potatoes
(ah ... don't you know the possibilities are endless with a tender cut of meat!)
What You'll Need
- 2 pounds London broil (or other low-fat cut of meat)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)
- 2 tsp dry thyme
- 2 tsp dry marjoram (or oregano)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup French fried onions (like Durkee - I used a store brand), lightly crushed
- 2 cups chicken or beef broth (I used chicken because that's what I had)
Cook a Less-Than-Tender Cut of Meat
If you take a less-than-tender cut of meat like London broil and slow cook it for several hours (4 hours on high 6-7 hours on low), you will be rewarded with a very tender, flavorful meat for dinner!
London broil doesn't have much fat, so it tends to be tough unless quick broiled in the oven. Or you can make this fabulous slow-cook method.
Adding the French fried onions is the secret to ending up with an automatic gravy when your London broil is done.
A flavorful, saucy gravy to serve over the meat, over mashed potatoes, over biscuits - over veggies. Yum!
How to Cook
Prepping this London broil for the slow cooker is super easy.
First, you will turn your crock pot to high heat. You can cook on low if you prefer, especially if you will be away from home for 6-8 hours.
Next, you will just add your oil to the slow cooker and place the beef roast on top and then flip it over to get oil on both sides.
You will then add thyme, marjoram, fried onions, salt, pepper, and broth and mix it all around a bit to coat the meat.
Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours, checking every few hours if you're home (don't worry if you can't check - it won't burn). Make sure that it's fork tender before you consider it done.
Once the meat is cooked and tender, turn off the heat and let the roast sit uncovered for 5 minutes or so for gravy to thicken slightly.
Serve on a platter with the gravy, slicing portion sizes for each plate.
Great paired with the broccoli (pictured) or other vegetable of choice. Serve over or alongside potatoes, rice, or noodles if desired.
What to Serve with your Roast
I served mine with my Sauteed Broccoli with red peppers (as seen in the pictures). So easy to prepare and cook the broccoli 20 minutes before the London broil crock pot recipe is done.
Also fabulous served with mashed potatoes (great for topping with the extra gravy!), mac and cheese, side salad, rice, or just about anything!
FAQs & Tips
No - not with this recipe. I like to make my recipes as simple as possible. This includes dirtying as few dishes as possible. I really don't like to have to cook anything on the stove top before slow cooking.
I realize that browning could increase the flavor of this London broil, but I don't believe you'll miss it. This recipe is very flavorful, fall-apart tender, and easy.
If you don't have fried onions, you can substitute a package of dry onion soup mix instead. Although I haven't tried using onion soup mix, I believe the results will be very tasty and similar to using fried onions.
Alternately, you could use a finely chopped fresh onion placed under the London broil before cooking and sprinkling ¼ cup of flour in with the broth.
London broil is a beef roast cut that is also called top round, top blade, or flank steak.
It's a cut of meat with very little fat or marbling and can be tough if not cooked properly. Many times it's broiled in the oven for a short time (while still quite red in the center) and sliced thin to serve.
I like how using a tougher, flavorful cut of meat in the slow cooker really maximizes the meat's flavor and tenderizes it along the way.
If you don't have London broil or the other cuts above, feel free to use any lower fat cut of beef that you can find.
If you use a larger cut of meat (larger than 2 pounds), you may need to cook the London broil longer. The roast is done when the meat is fall-apart tender.
You will also want to add more seasonings if your roast is larger. For example, one commenter below said she needed to cook hers on high for 7-8 hours, because she had a 4-pound cut of meat.
If your roast is double in size, then I would recommend doubling the other ingredients.
Be sure to let me know what cut of beef you used for this recipe and how it turned out for you in the comments below!
Also, let me know your favorite sides to go with it!
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London Broil Crock Pot Recipe
- Slow Cooker
- Turn crock pot to high heat and add oil to bottom.
- Place London broil on top of oil move it around a bit to coat, then flip over.
- Add thyme, marjoram, salt, pepper, fried onions, and broth. Mix around a bit to coat.
- Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours, checking every few hours if you're home (don't worry if you can't check - it won't burn). Make sure to cook until fork tender, even if you need to cook longer than stated.
- Once meat is cooked and tender, turn off heat and let sit uncovered for 5 minutes or so for gravy to thicken slightly.
- Serve on a platter with the gravy, slicing portion sizes for each plate. Serve with the broccoli pictured or other vegetable of choice. Serve over potatoes, rice, or noodles if desired.
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