1-2-3 Roast Beef

1-2-3 Roast Beef


October 24, 2015

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • 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

4That's it πŸ™‚

5Cook all day on low - 6-8hrs depending on the size of your roast.

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

7You could also lay vegetables around your roast or use our great "roast vegetables" method - just search that recipe by name to see it πŸ™‚

Submitted by Paulene Christie


77 Reviews


October 2, 2022

Easiest way to cook a roast I find can be dry. We had first night with mash n greens and the next night on rolls with coleslaw. So easy


September 26, 2022

Pretty good! Done with a bolar blade roast beef. Accidentally put 1 cup of water instead of 1/2. Still worked out fine. Scooped gravy/juices and into a saucepan and reduced at the end while the beef sat under alfoil for 5 minutes. Easy to prep which I like!


September 24, 2022

I did a lamb the other night….first time doing a roast in the slow cooker. Also had the potatoes in foil in the SC. Took the lot out and finished in the oven for a short time. I will continue to have roasts this way. Son commented on how good it was.


September 10, 2022

delicious added some mint sauce at the dinner table.


August 29, 2022

Dinner is on!! My girls call this β€˜Polar Bear’ as they miss heard Bolar. We through this on fresh bread rolls.


August 15, 2022

We had this tonight but used pork, and. It was, delicious!! 7 year old daughter said it was amazing, went for thirds! Hubby said it was sensational. First time trying pulled β€˜meat’ and it was a absolute winner πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

Linda Henry

July 18, 2022

Best slow cooker meal I’ve ever cooked!!! So easy…so melt in your mouth. Thankyou.


July 18, 2022

I made this tonight and OMG it’s amazing. I added an extra tbsp of Maggi gravy powder to the liquid once it was done cooking to thicken it up and add extra gravy magic. Definitely a keeper.


June 26, 2022

Only way now too cook my roast beef. Even my daughter who does not enjoy red meat eats this yummo

Judy T

June 14, 2022

For anyone that has ever had doubts about a roast in the slow cooker try this one! You will never ever ever cook roast beef any other way! Put it in sprinkle gravy powder and water and walk away for 6+ hours. The most succulent, tasty roast meat you will ever cook. I am 77 and an experienced old fashioned cook. But I am converted, , so will you be!


May 22, 2022

1-2-3 Roast Lamb πŸ‘
1.3kg boneless lamb shoulder in 3.5lt sc, (added 2 Tbsps mint jelly) added potatoes and pumpkin half way thru (8hr on low) crisped up lamb and veg for 10 minutes in the air fryer, absolute perfection! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


May 22, 2022

Making this for the second time. Using blade roast as it was so good the first time. There was no need to change anything, the kids cleaned their plates in record time Thanks Pauline!


May 9, 2022

This is the way to cook an amazing roast! Easy and really really good.


January 22, 2022

I did this for my son’s 18th Birthday fed 50 people, 2 big slow cookers and 6kgs of beef! It was amazing not one spoonful left over. Everyone complimented it aswell. So good!

Sarah Vriesen

January 5, 2022

Yum this was so good I love how quick and easy it was to do. I served it with hot chips


November 20, 2021

This is amazing. Tastes delicious and so quick and easy to cook. I tried it for the first time last night and it’s all gone .. eaten up by the kids., they devoured it. I will definitely be cooking this again. We had ours with mashed potatoes, the kids preference was bread roll… it’s … . Yum yum yum 10/10.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 19, 2021

Aww this is my favourite feedback of the day! Love it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That makes me smile – the love of easy slow cooking πŸ™‚

Judy T

November 18, 2021

WOW! In all my many years of cooking Roasts (I’m 77) I have never cooked an easier Roast Beef, no browning,no sealing, no making gravy….(the gravy it makes is delicious) just sat a small rolled beef on cut up pumpkin pieces and voila 7 hours later yummmmm! Thankyou Paulene fir this wonderful recipe. Easiest Roast Dinner I have ever made! One for the caravan for sure.

If you count calories Annie, pop the ingredients into whatever app or counter you use and calculate them that way (divided by serves)


September 29, 2021

What would the calories be in this?

Angela McSloy

August 22, 2021

This was the best roast beef I’ve ever cooked. Can’t wait to do it again.

Karen Cornish

August 13, 2021

Cooked this recipe last night, I did sprinkle some mixed herbs and some garlic powder on it with the gravy powder just to add some flavour and it was tender and delicious. After an hour I added potatoes, pumpkin and carrots and they were delicious as well


June 26, 2021

Fabulous recipe – do easy and tastes great πŸ‘

Raeleen Whiteley

June 21, 2021

So quick and easy. Very delicious πŸ˜‹


May 7, 2021

Absolutely delicious, reminded me of my dads pot roasts…. will definitely cook again. I added an extra 1/4 cup water as I had a very lean piece of beef and it was super tender..


April 3, 2021

This is my roast beef go tor recipe as it’s so simple. I use the Coles slow cook family roast on low for 8 hours

Nadia Wessling

February 23, 2021

We made this the other week and it was delicious. Served it in rolls for an easy summer night dinner. We will definitely make it again.

Lyn Douglass

February 2, 2021

Yep, certainly changed my mind about Roast Beef. Tender, Moist, flavoursome and so easy to prepare.

Patricia Sauer

December 8, 2020

I’m not great at cooking beef in the oven so I love this recipe especially for cooking bolar blade πŸ™‚

Chris Cherry πŸ’ everyone calls me Nanna which I love ❀️..l

December 6, 2020

This dish is amazingly tender with lots of gravy. I only had a packet of Maggi brown onion gravy so that’s it. Maiden voyage for my Choose a crock pot, did not disappoint. Hubby asked what’s for dinner told him Roast Beef 😁. I don’t like Beef, then have a Vegemite sandwich, oh ok I’ll give it a go. Fatty that is awesome what’s in it. Beef,1/2 cup water and a packet of brown onion gravy. No way you have put something else in it. No I didn’t, ok can you cook it again soon πŸ€— XXOO. Thank you so much Paulene, you are awesome.πŸ₯°


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 πŸ˜‹


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 πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


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!! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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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