• Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe

    This Balsamic Beef with Rosemary recipe is two things:

    This Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe is so simple to make, with just a few main ingredients. Make it for your paleo meal prep day! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

    Simple and freaking packed with flavor.

    I make some kind of low-and-slow shredded meat like this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary every single week; the leftovers are great for all sorts of things.

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    The basic recipe goes something like this:

    Sear off a hunk of meat in a Dutch oven with hot fat. Add liquid. Cover. Bake in a low oven for a few hours. Shred.

    You could play around with making this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary in a crockpot or Instant Pot, but I really recommend the Dutch oven method. (This is the affordable Dutch oven I have.)

    This Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe is so simple to make, with just a few main ingredients. Make it for your paleo meal prep day! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

    Here’s why…

    The flavor turns out best because the meat gets a hard sear, and the liquids reduce as they cook. When you’re using very simple ingredients like this, method of cooking really matters.

    Sure, you’ll end up with tender beef with the crockpot or Instant Pot, but I just find that the depth of complex flavor in this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary made in a Dutch oven can’t be rivaled.

    I’ve also added a couple secret ingredients that help bump up the savory flavor profile of the dish: coconut aminos and fish sauce.

    Now, before you wrinkle your nose up, consider again that your job with a hunk of simple meat is to make it taste amazing. By searing the outside in hot fat, you’ll create caramelization…the sexy brown goodness. That helps.

    But the cooking liquid is the key to this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary recipe. I use chicken bone broth (get my Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe) as a base, then add the coconut aminos and fish sauce.

    This Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe is so simple to make, with just a few main ingredients. Make it for your paleo meal prep day! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

    Coconut aminos are the fermented sap from palm trees. It looks similar to soy sauce but has a slightly sweet quality, and is nowhere near as salty. (I use the Coconut Secret brand.)

    Fish sauce is an umami powerhouse. I recommend the Red Boat brand. Just a few dashes of fish sauce adds a curiously savory / umami flavor without tasting like fish. (Just don’t smell the bottle. Take my word for it.)

    You can also find fish sauce in the Asian section of virtually every supermarket. Most brands have sugar, but I wouldn’t sweat it too much. The amount of sugar in a few dashes of fish sauce is super small.

    As for which cut of meat to use in this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary recipe, generally something like a chuck roast, pot roast, spoon roast, rump roast, etc.

    Don’t spend big bucks on a prime roast for this. You’re cooking it for at least a few hours, so the meat will soften up as it goes.

    This Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe is so simple to make, with just a few main ingredients. Make it for your paleo meal prep day! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

    If you’re wondering how to make this Balsamic Beef with Rosemary into a complete meal, here are some ideas for side dishes:

    Steam or saute some greens, and you’re in business.

    Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe

    Prep Time 15 mins
    Cook Time 3 hrs
    Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
    Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp ghee or other fat
    • 3.5 lb rump roast or pot roast
    • Generous pinches sea salt and black pepper
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1/4 cups balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
    • 1 tsp fish sauce, optional
    • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 300ºF (149ºC).

    Place your Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the ghee or avocado oil. Heat until the pot is very hot and the ghee is shimmering. Pat the meat dry with paper towel and sprinkle the meat with sea salt and pepper.

    Add the meat and brown for about 5-7 minutes per side. You want a nice crust to form.

    Add the broth, vinegar, coconut aminos, and fish sauce. Nestle the rosemary sprigs around the meat. The liquid should cover the roast at least half way up the side. If the liquid level is too low, add a bit more broth.

    Bake covered for about 3 hours.

    Remove the roast onto a platter and all it to cool a bit. Shred the meat with two forks and return it to the pot. Or, slice into ~1/2 inch slices. If the liquid is too salty, add a little more chicken broth or water to thin it out. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed.

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    23 thoughts on “Balsamic Beef with Rosemary Recipe

    1. What are the cooking instructions? Do we Brown the meat first and then dump in all the ingredients, put on the lid and cook it low and slow for 3 hrs?

      1. Hey Deanna…there were instructions when I published it and they disappeared for some reason. It’s updated now.

    2. Can u start with the meat frozen? My experience with Dutch ovens is all the liquid cooks away even when covered as the seal isn’t tight. Comments?

      1. No do not start with frozen meat. It won’t thaw out properly.

        Some of the liquid will cook off, but that’s the whole point. If it’s getting too dry, add a bit more broth during the cooking process. I usually check on mine 2 hours into cooking time.

    3. Made this last night with a 2.5lb roast for dinner with my grandparents (tonight) and this morning when I taste tested it was to die for- and I don’t normally enjoy roasted beef at all! Can’t wait to have it for dinner!

      1. The issue was that decimals are not read properly by the software. It was trying to tell you 1 serving of .25 cups balsamic. I changed it to a fraction.

    4. Thank you so much for this recipe!! I made it again today for the 3rd time and I just can’t believe how amazingly yummy it is. My boyfriend isn’t a huge beef lover-oh well-more for me! 🙂 I made it with grass-fed chuck (on sale) and added about 10 cloves of garlic this time-best yet! Thanks again!

    5. Steph, this is amazing! I am a very good cook (baking, not so much!) and this is simple and oh, so good! I’ve made this twice now with two different cuts of grass fed roasts and the results for something so easy is worthy of guests; however the husband doesn’t like to share his food! I threw some fresh mushrooms in for the last half hour or so just because I had them. Thank you for the think-outside-the-box recipe!

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