Crock Pot Cooking: Can You Cook Steak in a Slow Cooker?

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Steak is one of the most versatile foods you can make and eat. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Steak University in a while, you might want to hop up to see several different ways to cook steak and prepare it for meals. It is a flesh that is nothing short of miraculous, really.

Slow cookers are one of the most popular tools for cooking because they allow you to focus on set-and-forget meals that require little fuss to create a complete meal for the family or for yourself. For many types of meat, especially, a slow cooker is an excellent gadget to avoid overcooking and dryness.

But what about steak? You’ll find plenty of pork and chicken recipes when looking for new slow-cooker dishes, but steak isn’t a much-mentioned meat. Is steak a meat you can stick in the clay pot?

Is it a

good idea to cook steak in a cooking pot?

You might know what we’re going to say here if you attend Steak University. Honestly, you can make just about anything you want with steak and, yes, the cooking pot is an optional cooking tool. In fact, it could become a new favorite method of cooking steak because of how easy it is to make and how delicious the results turn out to be.

The tricks for cooking steak in a slow cooker are to use the right cuts of meat and prepare them for best results.

How to get the best steak results in a slow cooker

First, let’s talk about cuts of meat. Every time you visit the grocery store or butcher, you have plenty of steak options in front of you, from loins to pot roast, rib steak, and everything in between. You can ruin almost any steak, even the best cuts of meat, using the wrong cooking techniques. Similarly, you can transform any regular steak into an amazing steak dinner knowing how to prepare, cook and garnish it.

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However, you can’t choose just any steak for the Crock Pot. You’ll want one that softens during the cooking process to prevent it from drying out, being hard, and not appetizing. It’s a good idea to choose a steak that’s known to be tender, such as a tenderloin or ribeye, because its fat content will keep the meat tender while the slow cooker works its magic.

When you order from Chicago Steak Company, you’re guaranteed to get some of the best steaks your money can buy. Our Premium Angus Beef Ribeye and USDA Prime Dry Aged Porterhouse should do wonders for your taste buds after cooking it in the cooking pot.

Next, let’s talk about preparation. As with most cooking methods you use for steak, you’ll need to show your steaks a little affection before putting them in the slow cooker, for best results. That means, you guessed it, burning them before adding them to the pot.

Sealing is an important step because it adds the crispy brown outer edge that improves the texture and flavor of the meat. More importantly, it blocks as much natural juice as possible to prevent the steak from drying out.

Give your steaks a quick closure on both sides by heating a pan with butter or oil and cooking them over high heat for about three to four minutes on each side (and on the edges, if you have an exceptionally thick cut of steak).

Once you place the steak in the slow cooker, you’ll want to add about 1/4 cup of beef broth over it before putting the lid on. You can add more than one steak to the clay pot, but make sure they fit in a single layer. Simmer for four to six hours, or until the internal temperature reaches the desired cooking (here’s a steak temperature guide to help you with that).

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Cooking steak in

a clay pot steak

is once again presented as a versatile piece of meat that you can cook almost the way you want. For more tips and tricks for meat meals, be sure to check out our meat articles, recipes, and tips at Steak University.

Then, enjoy browsing our selection of steaks you can order online to conveniently ship home to use at your next steak dinner. Don’t forget to enroll in our Steakalicious Rewards program to earn points every time you shop with Chicago Steak Company!

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