Slow cooker mocha-rubbed pot roast. 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 to this Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast that the spices alone can’t achieve. The end result was very tender meat and a flavorful sauce.
For best results, be sure to select a roast that’s not ultra-lean. You want some fat marbled through the meat to prevent it from drying out. If you’re not sure, talk to your butcher and get some advice for choosing the right roast for this dish.
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 need to feed a crowd, this recipe can be easily doubled.
This Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast is absolutely delicious when paired with roasted potatoes (sweet or white), and a simple side of greens or salad.
- For the Mocha Rub (you will have extra)
- 2 tbsp finely ground coffee beans
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp Aleppo pepper (or sweet paprika)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp sea salt
- For the Roast
- 2 lb. beef roast (I used grass-fed chuck)
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 1 cup beef broth
- ½ an onion, chopped
- 6 dried figs, chopped
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 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-pound roast. It stores well in an airtight container.
- Pat the beef roast dry with a paper towel. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mocha rub mixture over the roast and rub it in well with your hands.
- Combine the brewed coffee, beef broth, onion, figs, and balsamic vinegar in a blender. Puree until liquified.
- Pour the liquid into the crock pot and place the roast gently on top.
- Cook for 5 to 6 hours on low.
- 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.
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