Easy frozen roast in slow cooker directions are here! Forgot to defrost your chuck roast for dinner, no problem. Use your Crockpot.
Have you ever been tempted to make a frozen roast in a slow cooker? It is totally possible and turns out way better than you could ever imagine. Add vegetables and potatoes for the best easy Crockpot recipe ever.
A while back we shared how to make an Instant Pot frozen roast that is fork tender.
If you don’t have that machine you probably have this one, so I thought I’d share this method too. Here we go.
If you too love slow cooker recipes of all kinds, you’re going to go crazy over this one. First let’s go over a few resources:
Yes I am forgetful too, don’t feel bad. If you often times plan on throwing in your ingredients in the morning but forgot to defrost your meat, no worries.
I mean I try and prefer that it is not rock hard when starting to cook but sometimes things just don’t go as planned. If you do remember I have instructions for that as well below.
Slow cooking can really save the day I say. If you have a Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot those do have a slow cook setting but I don’t recommend using it. It doesn’t work well at all.
It depends on what method you’re using. In a slow cooker you’ll need 6 hours, a pressure cooker is closer to an hour.
Not really, just skip that part. You can still season it quite well though after pouring some broth over the top so it sticks. Use salt and pepper or this amazing steak dry rub for bold flavors.
A chuck roast that was approx. 2.5 pounds was used here. Petite potatoes are great because they just need to be halved, and large chunks of carrots work great.
Crockpot Frozen Roast
This is what you’re going to need:
- Roast – timing is for frozen, not defrosted
- Beef broth or water
- Small potatoes – usually found in bags in your produce section
- Onion and carrots
- Seasonings of your preference – there are suggestions below
Slow cooking frozen foods actually works out quite well. Of course I prefer to thaw meat beforehand but that doesn’t always work out.
I do cook frozen meat in my air fryer too. You can read about best frozen foods for air fryer information here.
If your piece is much larger than ours cooking time may need to be adjusted for longer. Once it is fork tender it’s out of the danger zone and ready to serve up as tacos or roast beef with rice.
3-4 pounds is typical. It feeds all 5 of us with some saved for the next day easily. I usually don’t buy any more than that.
- I suggest broth over water but I use what I have on hand really.
Can I put frozen pork roast in the Crockpot?
The timing for that should be very similar. With pork just ensure it reaches a safe temperature inside before serving. If it falls apart with tongs though that’s usually the done sign.
Time needed: 6 hours.
Frozen Roast in Slow Cooker
- Add ingredients
Place frozen roast in a slow cooker. Add cup of broth on the top.
In a small bowl combine all the seasonings, then sprinkle on top of meat.
Then cook on high setting and cook for 6 hours, until meat is fork tender. If you want to add vegetables, add them 1 hour before the end of the cook time.
Use a fork to check if potatoes and carrots are tender to your liking and meat is fork tender. Remove meat, allow to rest for 5 minutes, then shred and serve.
If you want a thick gravy, pour the drippings in to saucepan. Boil and add cornstarch.
Frozen Crockpot Roast Recipe
This is a great recipe to serve in the following ways:
- Shred and throw inside small tortillas topped with salsa, guacamole and cheese.
- Serve on top of a bed of mashed potatoes with air fryer carrots if you don’t want to add veggies into the pot itself at the end.
- Stuff into baked potatoes with some salsa on top for a really healthy dish.
Grab a package of those Hawaiian rolls and make sliders, those are always fun to serve at dinnertime with kids.
OR just serve on the plate as is. If you wanted to make gravy just pour the drippings from the pot into a saucepan over med/high heat. Whisk in some cornstarch to thicken and allow it to bubble for a few minutes.
How long can you keep leftover roast?
Allow to come to room temperature. Then store in freezer bags or air tight containers in the fridge. You can store safely for up to 4 days, after that discard.
How do you moisten leftover roast beef?
The best way to reheat leftover roast is to add some gravy over the top before heating. I like to dice it up and toss with something moist like this. Then microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between times.
What can I do with leftover tough roast?
Well I mean if you follow our directions it shouldn’t be tough at all but the longer it chills the drier it will become. Always moisten with broth or some sort of sauce.
If you make something like our Crockpot Mississippi roast, keep some of the sauce in a bowl separately. Then use this to moisten later on and heat. Then the end result will be really tender and full of flavor.
Looking to make other easy slow cooker beef recipes? We have made a bunch but here are just a few of the ones we think are on the top of the list.
- We most recently made this slow cooker carnitas that were just over the top incredible.
- This Crockpot bbq beef is super simple with just some barbecue sauce that can be served up as sliders.
Then try this slow cooker beef tips recipe that people rave over time and time again.
Frozen Roast in Slow Cooker
- Place frozen roast in a slow cooker. Add cup of broth on the top.
- In a small bowl combine all the seasonings, then sprinkle on top of meat.
- Cook on high for 6 hours. If you want to add vegetables, add them 1 hour before the end of the cook time.
- Use a fork to check if potatoes and carrots are tender to your liking and meat is fork tender. Remove meat, allow to rest for 5 minutes, then shred and serve.