1-2-3 Roast Beef


October 24, 2015

1-2-3 Roast Beef 5 0 5 33
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • 5 mins

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 5 mins

  • Yields: 6


1kg or larger rolled rib roast beef

1.5 tbsp of dry gravy powder of your choice (I used traditional)

1/2 cup of hot water


1Place beef in slow cooker

2 Sprinkle gravy powder over roast

3 Pour hot water over roast


5That's it :)

6Cook all day on low - 6-8hrs depending on the size of your roast.




10*Inspired by Grace Macdonald who did this with a roast pork + roast pork gravy *


12You could also lay vegetables around your roast or use our great "roast vegetables" method - just search that recipe by name to see it :)

Submitted by Paulene Christie


47 Reviews


October 25, 2020

This Roast was so delicious and so easy, will be cooking this again !!


September 27, 2020

Easy as can be!! Super delicious!!

Suzanne kerr

July 19, 2020

New to the slow cooker, tried this recipe. Just the best, meat fell apart, tasted great


July 13, 2020

This was really lovely. The meat just fell off the bone and the gravy was to die fore. Switched out the beef for a leg of lamb as that is what I had. Cant wait to try this again with beef. Thanks for the delicious and easy recipe.


June 20, 2020

The best and tastiest dish I’ve made in my slow cooker! We had beef and gravy rolls. I used blade roast, seared then left for 8 hours! A new family favourite!

Michelle Stasiakowski

June 2, 2020

I used a whole rump and sooo good. Put potatoes, onion and garlic cloves in with it. Got to give some out to family members and plenty of leftovers. Yum

Darren Comley

February 12, 2020

This NEVER fails to please. Love it in warm crusty rolls. Next time we’re doing it with a lamb roast.


July 18, 2019

Absolutely beautiful and the flavour was not over powering even got to freeze some for a later date. Best way to make a roast. 😊


June 17, 2019

did it again with beef , cooked to perfection even daughter liked the smell and she isnt thrilled with most kinds of meat , tomorrow i use the same recipe but with lamb

Madi Knowles

June 3, 2019

Most definitely adding to my recipes to redo so easy and yummy 😋


June 2, 2019

did the roast , easy as , soft n tender ……………………


June 2, 2019

OMG this was soooo good! I added some sliced onion and garlic under the meat, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. At the end I heated gravy on the stove top with some corn flour, seriously the best gravy I’ve ever had!

Darren Comley

April 24, 2019

Simplicity and taste guaranteed. We’ve now tried this with a mix of chicken breasts and skinless thighs, and the the votes are in – Chicken wins with 2 votes from four people, with the runners up being pork (1 vote) and my favorite…beef


April 8, 2019

A variation on this is to sprinkle a packet of French onion soup mix over the beef as well as the gravy powder – delicious!

Joanne Talarico

April 8, 2019

Such an easy recipe that packs a lot of flavour. Family loved it, thanks so much

Tracey Davies

April 5, 2019

Mouthfuls of tender delishness 😋😋😋
I used leg of pork this was enjoyed by ALL the fam including Master 10 thanks for the recipe !

Darren Comley

March 31, 2019

This recipe is outstanding. Tonight with pork, divine. I’ve also tried it with lamb with excellent results, and the family has requested I try it with chicken next time. So easy, so tasty, so versatile

Kim Simonsen

September 20, 2018

Absolutely love this recipe , was so delicious with beef brisket , the meat just fell apart and the gravy was delicious. Will deffinetly be making this a lot more as my family loved it.

Darren Comley

September 9, 2018

I had to come back and try this again. Magnificent, devine, so tasty, such a winner with the family in fresh buttered rolls…..and so easy it basically does all the work for you. 1.3 kg Blade bolar beef roast for 8 hours low in my new Breville Smart temp and it shredded so easily to go back into the devine gravy (needed a bit of extra gravy powder at end to thicken up). I know what I’m having for lunch l;eftovers today and cant wait.

Rihannon Cook

September 4, 2018

Amazing recipe.
I used lamb by mistake but still worked perfectly and tasted amazing.

Leanne Elkins

August 22, 2018

I did your 1,2,3 pulled beef (I used a blade roast) and OMG 😋 it was soooooo tender it just fell apart! Made gravy out of tge liquid with a splash of Worcestershire and thickened with gravy flour. Leftovers will go into little puff pastry triangles with some veggies for a super easy dinner tomorrow night!

Darren Comley

August 5, 2018

Magnificent, thank you Paulene. Ridiculously easy. So tasty
I had a small piece (less than 1 kg), pre marinated in Worcestershire and black pepper. I added a sprinkle of season all salt and a little extra water. 4.5 h on low and it was a winner in rolls. Some tried fresh, I tried an oven warmed roll, and it was so freaking good I had to try in a fresh roll too!! warmed rolls. Will definitely do this again as a roast meal too


July 23, 2018

I have had many failed attempts at roast beef… but I finally cracked it with this one! I used a bit more gravy so my meat was nearly covered (it was a flat chunk) and it turned out amazing. So good with Yorkshire Puds 🙂

Jean colbeck.

July 20, 2018

Love this recipe my roast just fell apart thanks so much for sharing


July 1, 2018

Great taste, tender & very easy to make!


June 24, 2018

Loved it. My family loved it. Wouldnt change anything with the recipe it was excellent. Will only be doing roasts like this now. 😍😍


June 15, 2018

We had a larger sized roast, so cooked on Low for 9 hours, and turned up to high for the last hour, sliced and let sit in the gravy. We also added quartered onions in the beginning and it came out Amazing! Melted in your mouth.


June 12, 2018

This was absolutely devine! Had it on all day while I was at work with my parents coming for dinner and arriving as I would walk in the door. Sliced up super tender and juicy, I added a extra tablespoon of gravy powder and let it thicken as I got the veg ready. Dad raved about it, left overs the next day became beef and gravy rolls which was also wonderful! Will never do a beef roast in the oven again

For that size give it 8-10hrs low 🙂


March 31, 2018

Im going to make this tomorrow with a 3kg roast beef how long would i cook it for ?

Jodie Leemhuis

November 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing recipe! We cooked two 1kg marinated peppered beef roasts with this method for 7 hours on low and everyone was truly impressed with the result…plates were licked clean thanks to the delectable gravy 🙂

Linda Alexander

September 17, 2017

Such an easy recipe with brilliant results, Works every time!

Could it have cooked too hot?
For eg did you have a small roast in an almost empty cooker?
Or was it a very lean roast as they tend to be drier 🙂


August 11, 2017

I cooked this tonight and it was dry. Did i cook too long

Claudia Nulliah

June 25, 2017

This was sooo easy it surprised me as it was my first time using S/C thought l was going to muck it up ,my daughter just loved it and was eating it before l even got it to the table ,will do it again for sure , the only thing was l might have put too much water as l though wasn’t enough so gravy came out abt too runny but my own fault, should have stuck to recipe , the aroma through the house was amazing !!

Tanya Cefai

June 18, 2017

Extremely easy to cook such a classic dish. Very tasty and tender. A winner in this house!

Anne Strate

May 20, 2017

Made this for dinner tonight. Delicious and so easy! Started with a 1.5 kg Bolar Blade roast, put a chopped onion, potatoes and carrots around the meat in slow cooker, seasoned well with ground salt and pepper, minced garlic clove and sprinkled 2 tablespoons traditional gravy powder over meat. Added the 1/2 cup hot water, a good splash of Worcestershire sauce, fresh bay leaves and sprigs of thyme. 8 hours on low and turned out perfectly! Thickened gravy a little before serving with a bit more gravy powder.

Fantastic!! 🙂

Steve Lord

March 1, 2017

Used a 1.3kb topside roast, added some thyme, rock salt and cracked pepper and 500ml beef stock along with the water. Only required 6 hours on low and meat is just so tender. Mixed in Gravox supreme with the liquid and have made the most beautiful, rich gravy. Will never be doing a roast in an oven again, this recipe so easy and so tasty.

Talia Pershouse

January 9, 2017

This was delicious . Melted in our mouths. Added garlic powder, salt, pepper and extra gravy

Valerie Fitzsimons

January 2, 2017

Mmmmm delicious. I added a black pepper salt thyme crust and wine mushroom and garlic which formed a wonderful gravy. I will be coking roast beef this way from now on.

Genevieve McKenzie

June 16, 2016

Tried this a couple of days ago. Easy 🙂 Substituted the water for 1 litre of beef stock, with extra gravy powder. The meat was yummo and the gravy was the best I’ve ever had!!


May 22, 2016

I’ll be trying this one next yum

Robyn Pullen

March 30, 2016

wow so easy to do ,just fell apart and so tasty. Will be doing this again ( no hot oven going). Thanks enjoyed


March 21, 2016

So so easy! And yum, very tender. Will always do beef roast like this in future!


February 25, 2016

well cooked and tender but flavourless

Rozi Pottsy

February 19, 2016

Easy Peasy way to cook Roast Beef
for something so easy, comes something so tasty

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