Sunday, May 2, 2010

Crockpot Coca Cola Roast Beef with Gravy

A beef roast is transformed in the slow cooker to a tender and delicious roast with incredibly tasty gravy, using Coca-Cola Classic and an envelope of onion soup mix. Great for chicken and pork too!
A beef roast is transformed in the slow cooker to a tender and delicious roast with incredibly tasty gravy, using Coca-Cola Classic and an envelope of onion soup mix. Great for chicken and pork too!

Crockpot Coca Cola Roast Beef

This roast beef made with good ole Coca-Cola, came about thanks to the great folks behind the Deep South Dish Facebook family who have given me encouragement to maybe step outside of the oven a bit and make use of this handy appliance. While I do have a scattered few slow cooker recipes up here, I have just never been a big user of one.

I put up a request for favorite crockpot recipes over on the Fan Page, bought myself a newer, slightly larger crockpot, blew the dust off of some old slow cooker cookbooks, and started getting some ideas. The first thing I made was a Carolina style barbecue pork that turned out fantastic - a South Carolina mustard sauce type of Carolina barbecue I am told. I must some day soon venture into those others versions as well don't you know - Eastern Carolina and Piedmont style Carolina sauce specifically - but at least I have a good pork recipe to use with them!

Next on the crockpot ventures was bound to be a roast. I happened upon a sale eye of round on my last trip to the market and it's the same kind of roast I use for my roast beef po'boys - one of the posts that generated this whole crockpot conversation to begin with. I figured it would be a fitting roast for the resuscitation of Slow Cooker Cooking in my home.

Cooking with all forms of soft drinks, and most especially coke, is definitely a popular southern thing - Coca Cola is an Atlanta based product after all - and cola products in general make their way into a lot of southern cooking and definitely on ham. What better way to have a roast? Feel free to substitute root beer or Dr Pepper also. Both make an equally delicious roast.

Though you can use any kind of roast with this, with the eye of round, the roast was not only flavorful, but tender and sliceable, without being chilled. Because I used a leaner roast this time, the pan drippings had virtually no fat, and made a great, spicy, sweet gravy The Cajun gave a big thumbs up.

By the way, you can use this same method on chicken, and it also makes a beautiful and tasty pork roast. Just substitute a similar sized pork loin and be careful not to take it too long, or else you'll end up with pulled pork. Somewhere between 2 to 4 hours, depending on your size roast, is usually all it will take.

Coca Cola Pork Roast
Here's how to make it.

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Recipe: Coca Cola Roast Beef with Gravy

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 7 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 (3-4 pound) beef roast (I used eye of round)
  • 1 envelope of onion soup mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme, crushed
  • 2 cans of Coca Cola Classic
  • 1/4 cup self rising or all purpose flour and water to make a slurry for thickening

Add roast to crockpot, sprinkle with onion soup mix and thyme; pour coke all around. Cover and cook on LOW for about 7 or 8 hours. Remove, and let stand before slicing.

While roast is resting, carefully transfer the hot pan drippings to a skillet. If you're using a higher fat content roast, you'll probably want to use a fat separator to skim off some of the fat first. Make a slurry by combing 1/4 cup of flour with just enough water to dissolve it. Mix the slurry completely so that there are no lumps. Whisk into the pan drippings and transfer to a hot burner, whisking constantly until mixture thickens. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, whisking regularly.

Slice the meat and place on a platter; drizzle gravy on top of the meat and put the remaining gravy in a gravy boat for the table.

Cook's Notes: Add a can of cream of mushroom soup for a creamy gravy.

Variation: Stud the roast all over with slivers of raw garlic, if desired. Simply cut small slits into the roast in multiple spots, slipping a sliver of garlic into each. This roast is equally good with Dr Pepper or root beer. Can also use a similar sized pork loin, shoulder or butt and mixed, bone-in chicken. Substitute a 12-ounce bottle of chili sauce (like Heinz) for one of the cans of Coke.

Homemade Substitute for Onion Soup Mix: Use 1-1/2 tablespoons of dried onion flakes, 1/2 tablespoon of beef base (like Better than Bouillon) or 1 tablespoon of granular beef bouillon, 1 teaspoon of onion powder and 1/8 teaspoon of some type of seasoned salt (like Lawry's).

For the Oven: Prepare as above in a baking or roasting pan, wrapping pan tightly with several layers of foil. For a 3 to 4 pound roast, bake in a preheated 325 degree F oven for about 3-1/2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F for rare, 160 degrees F for medium or 170 degrees F for well done.


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