Slow cooked, shredded beef

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

7 hours


Serves 6


1.5kg topside beef, whole piece 


Salt & pepper

Olive oil

1 Brown onion, roughly chopped

2 carrots, roughly chopped

2 Sticks celery, roughly chopped

5 cloves garlic, whole & crushed

6 Mushrooms, halved

1 tin crushed Italian tomatoes

3/4 - 1 cup beef/vegetable stock

2 - 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup red wine (optional)

Handful fresh herbs - thyme, parsley, oregano

1 Tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Prepare your beef, generously sprinkle paprika, salt & pepper over all sides of the beef, rubbing in well. Next add a light drizzle of olive oil, rub in & ensure all sides of beef is coated well & shiny.
  2. Sear your beef piece, by placing in a hot frypan. Cook for approx 2 minutes on each side until your beef is caramelised & golden brown.
  3. Place all your chopped vegetables into the base of your slow cooker. Take your seared piece of beef & place it on top of your vegetables. Add your red wine, balsamic vinegar, stock & tomatoes. Top beef with fresh herbs.
  4. Place lid on slow cooker, turn slow cooker to high, cook for 6-7 hours, or until beef is falling apart when touched with a fork. 
  5. Go off & have an awesome day knowing that you have a fab dinner on the go! 😉
  6. Once beef is cooked, remove from slow cooker, set aside.
  7. Now remove all vegetables (discard herb stems) & remaining liquid in base of slow cooker & place in a saucepan. Add in 1 tablespoon brown sugar & cook on high, for approx 15-20 ,minutes or until sauce has reduced by half & vegetables have mashed up - you can mash your vegetable with a masher if you want a finer sauce.
  8. While sauce is reducing, using 2 forks, shred your beef, place in a large shallow dish. Once sauce is ready, pour over beef & mix well, taste - adjust with salt & pepper if necessary.

Serve shredded beef with freshly made coleslaw, pitta breads & condiments like mustard - a delicious family meal, that will please many! 


Use any leftover meat for sandwich fillings, or create a pie!


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