Crock Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

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Crock Pot mocha-rubbed pot roast. Slow cooker. What’s not to love already?

You’re probably thinking, “Coffee? Pot roast? What?!” but rest assured that it’s not like downing a cup of joe. The coffee adds a subtle depth of flavor that the spices alone can’t achieve. The end result was fall-apart tender.

If you have time, I highly recommend taking the liquid from the crock pot and reducing it down by boiling until it becomes thicker. It’s nice to drizzle on top, almost like a gravy. Of course, if you’re in a rush, you can skip that step. If you don’t have access to this awesome cold-brew coffee, and java will do. This recipe is easily doubled.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast: 

For the mocha rub (you will have extra):

For the roast:

  • 2 lb. beef roast (I used grass-fed chuck)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (I used Chameleon Cold-Brew)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 6 dried figs, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions for the Crock Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast: 

  1. Prepare the mocha rub by mixing together the finely ground coffee, smoked paprika, black pepper, cocoa powder, Aleppo pepper (sub: sweet paprika), chili powder, ground ginger and salt in a small bowl. You won’t use the entire batch if you’re making a 2 lb. roast. It stores well in an airtight container. DSC_0780
  2. Pat the beef roast dry with a paper towel. Spoon 3–4 tablespoons of the mocha rub mixture over the roast and rub it in well with your hands—my preferred method. Or, place the roast and 3–4 tablespoons of mocha rub in a plastic ziptop bag and shake until it’s evenly coated.  DSC_0787
  3. Combine the brewed coffee, beef broth, onion, figs and balsamic vinegar in a blender. Puree until liquified. DSC_0776
  4. Pour the liquid into the crock pot and place the roast gently on top.
  5. Cook for 5–6 hours on low.
  6. Remove the meat and shred with two forks. You can then boil the liquid until it reduces and thickens or simply serve as is. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste DSC_0842 DSC_0859
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84 thoughts on “Crock Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

  1. Sarah

    I cannot wait to make ths perfect crockpot Mel for this hot summer. What is that delicious wrap you served with this?

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  3. Katie

    I really want to try this! The tricky thing is we’re mid-move and the crock pot is currently hiding in some box somewhere. Any suggestions for trying this in the oven?

    Thanks for your help!!

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Katie! How about braising it in a dutch oven on the stove top for 2-3 hours on low? The key to this type of roast is low and slow cooking for sure. That might work.

      Reply
  4. Christina B.

    Hey Steph! I’m in a time crunch. Would the roast turn out tougher if I cooked it on high for 4 hours instead?

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hey Jenn…I’m SO stoked to hear that!! Thank you for checking in. It’s really appreciated!

      Reply
    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Judy! Decaf will certainly work. You can do this with any type of coffee. Chameleon is sold at Whole Foods and I believe directly from the company online. Feel free to use whatever coffee you have at home.

      Reply
  5. Kendy

    Hey Steph!
    I reallyreallyREALLY want to try this recipe, but I don’t have a crock pot (or a Dutch oven). Would it work with a rice cooker? Otherwise, what should I do? :)

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Kendy…You could try roasting it in the oven (I would keep it covered with foil). Say…325F for a couple hours?

      Reply
  6. Sarah Joy

    Delicious! We made it for dinner last night. I’m always nervous trying new recipes because hubby is pretty picky but this got a big thumbs up! Thank you!

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      1. Sarah Joy

        I had some chicken breasts that I wasn’t sure what to do with, so I tossed them in the crock pot with whatever veggies I had on hand (onion, celery, carrot, cauliflower, and zucchini) , some bacon fat and a little chicken broth, couple of tablespoons of the leftover mocha rub spices… YUUUUUUUUMMMMMM!! Thank you for a recipe that keeps on giving!!

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        1. Steph Post author

          Hi Sarah…that sounds fantastic!! I love it when readers find new ways to use or reinvent recipes they’ve learned here. Thanks so much for checking in!

          Reply
  7. Carrie

    Looking forward to trying this! I am a single gal with a smaller crock pot, so will probably have to use a smaller roast, but this sounds too fantastic to NOT try!

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Carrie…sounds like you’re describing me! I think I used a roast that was about 2 lbs…ended up being the pefect amount :)

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      1. Carrie

        This is so happening right now! It is in the CrockPot right now! I am soooo looking forward to this tonight! Posting link to the recipe, and photos to share with everyone. Super easy, albeit a bit messy, prep. Except for those durned figs. A bit of a challenge to chop those suckers.

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        1. Steph Post author

          Yum!! How did it turn out?? Oh yes…they can be stubborn, sticky little things! I cut mine in quarters and it was still a challenge :)

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  8. Justin D

    OMG! This was amazing. The men at the firehouse ate every piece of it. Please keep the amazing recipes coming because the firehouse now believes that you can eat great meals and have it be healthy too!

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Justin! I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write to me, because what you said really struck a chord and put an enormous smile on my face and warmed my heart. First responders and public servants like yourselves are already doing such a selfless thing when you put yourselves on the line for the populace every single day and to know that I can, in some tiny way, contribute to the health and wellbeing of you guys is seriously gratifying. Please tell them thank you, for me. I really appreciate this :)

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    1. Steph Post author

      Yes, Steph! That’s how I prepared this recipe so I would recommend using the amount of liquid called for just so it comes out as expected :)

      Reply
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  11. Kim

    I have made this THREE times now and can’t tell you how wonderful it is! Very easy to make, and it comes out perfect every time. In fact, I have it for my lunch this week, poured over a hot sweet potato which just enhances all the sweetness of the beef. LOVE this dish!

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    1. Steph Post author

      Kim, you made me drool!! I served mine with some sweet potato, too…yum!! Need to find a roast and get it in the crock pot, stat!!

      Reply
  12. Lori

    This was amazing! I am so glad I reduced the sauce as suggested – delicious. I will definitely make this again. Unique recipe. Great for fall/winter.

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    1. Steph Post author

      Really glad to hear it turned out for you Lori!! I think it’ll be one of my favorites for the cold months!

      Reply
  13. Carolynn

    Hi Steph
    I was wondering if it would be possible to throw some veggies in the crockpot with this (maybe carrots and onions?) I’m looking to make it into a one-pot meal as I’m getting a rare night out of the house today and would rather spend my time getting ready and finding something that looks great on my new, thinner paleo body (your recipes are my favorite by the way- thank you!) The mocha rub looks SO good!

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    1. Carolynn

      Ok so I just threw this in the crockpot. Had to make some substitutions as I ran out of some things. only had 1 tbsp of paprika left (regular old paprika, the jar didnt say whether it was smoked or sweet) so I added some ancho chili powder, a little cinnamon, and garlic powder (because I need garlic on everything!!) Also didnt have beef broth so I just used plain old water ad added a little more salt. Threw some acorn squash on top to have as a side. Hope it works ok (c: I don’t like making substitutions before I’ve tried a recipe “as-is” but I thought this sounded too yummy to wait on!

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      1. Steph Post author

        I think your subs sound spot on, Carolynn! Let me know how it works out (oh and the acorn squash sounds perfect!)

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    2. Steph Post author

      Definitely! Throwing some veg in there would be perfect, and I think carrots and onions would fit the bill well :)

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  14. Melly

    Steph, thanks for the recipe. I made it last night. The meat came out a bit dry (I wonder if used the wrong cut of meat — it was a top sirloin — and perhaps I should have flipped it half way?)
    But with the sauce on it after I shredded made all the difference and it was really yummy — I still can’t believe I barely have any leftovers (I counted on it for dinner tonight as well, but there’s not enough left).
    (Personally I think I’ll add a bit more salt and another sweet element next time (more figs?), but there’s going to be a next time — so that says it all!)
    Thanks again!

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    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Melly…top sirloin is quite lean so it doesn’t hold up as well to the crock pot as a fattier cut like pot roast would :/ I think that’s probably what happened. I hope that helps you troubleshoot for next time!

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      1. Melly

        Oh, I’ll certainly try a fattier cut next time.
        Thanks again for sharing and allowing me to make this for a lovely dinner with friends!

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  20. Jenelle

    Thinking of trying this out this weekend with my rather picky step daughter. Should I let the rub sit on the meat for awhile, as I’ve done with other rubs or is it good to go right after the rubdown?

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  23. Christine

    After an ice-cold run this morning in the good old middle-west, I’ve got this yum, yum, yummy looking roast in the slow cooker. I can hardly wait until dinner…

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  34. Haley

    This may be a silly question, but I’ve got a family of non-coffee drinkers (including my 1 year old son). Is it okay to eat this at night, or will it keep us all up??

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    1. Steph Post author

      You can use decaf or just beef broth instead. Everyone metabolizes caffeine at a different rate so I can’t really say with certainty.

      Reply

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