The best way to cook a beef shoulder roast

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The best way to cook a beef shoulder roast
A shoulder roast should be cooked slowly. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A key point to remember when cooking shoulder roast is that it contains a lot of connective tissue, which can benefit from slow cooking at a low temperature. This beef cut should be cooked with liquid to prevent it from being tough and stringy. Three cooking options are available which include hob simmering, crock pot cooking and oven roasting. Regardless of which method you choose, the result will be a savoury dish to feature in a family dinner.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 to 4lb. beef shoulder roast
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 onion
  • Several cloves garlic
  • Salt, pepper and other seasonings of your choice.
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup water or beef broth
  • Chopped potatoes and carrots

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Instructions

    Hob Method

  1. 1

    Add a little cooking oil to a dutch oven and preheat to medium temperature. Sprinkle salt on the meat and place it in the hot pot. Brown on all sides.

  2. 2

    Add a sliced onion and several peeled garlic cloves to the pot and stir. For a 1.36 to 1.81kg. roast, add 1 cup liquid. The liquid may be beef broth, water or apple cider. For extra flavour, add seasonings and spices such as thyme, pepper and bay leaf.

  3. 3

    Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Turn the meat to the other side every half hour. Cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  4. 4

    Add chopped vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and turnips and cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes.

    Crock Pot Method

  1. 1

    Add a little cooking oil to a dutch oven and preheat to medium temperature. Sprinkle salt on the meat and place it in the hot pot. Brown on all sides.

  2. 2

    Add a sliced onion and several peeled garlic cloves to the pot and stir. For a 3 to 4lb. roast, add 1/2 to 1 cup liquid. The liquid may be beef broth, water or apple cider. For extra flavour you may add seasonings and spices such as thyme, pepper and bay leaf.

  3. 3

    Transfer the roast to the crock pot. Add chopped potatoes and carrots. Pour other ingredients over it. Cook on low heat for eight to 10 hours.

    Oven Roasting

  1. 1

    Add a little cooking oil to a dutch oven and preheat to medium temperature. Sprinkle salt on the meat and place it in the hot pot. Brown on all sides.

  2. 2

    Add a sliced onion and several peeled garlic cloves to the pot and stir. For a 3 to 4lb. roast, add 1 cup liquid. The liquid may be beef broth, water or apple cider. For extra flavour you may add seasonings and spices such as thyme, pepper and bay leaf.

  3. 3

    Add chopped potatoes and carrots. Put the pot into an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Cook 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • You may substitute red wine for the liquid ingredient, or use a packet of onion soup mix in place of the onion. Some cooks like to add mushrooms or cream of mushroom soup. Different herbs can add an interesting flavour, such as marjoram and oregano.

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