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Slow Cooker Beef Carbonnade

Recipe courtesy of Angie Quaale of Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store (as seen on Global BC Morning News (


  • 4 slices Johnston’s Bacon sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup brown ale or porter beer
  • 1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1.35 kg boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
  • ½ cup best quality beef broth
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


  • In large cast-iron or heavy skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate. Discard fat.
  • In same pan, melt butter over medium high heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ale and sugar; cook, stirring occasionally, until no liquid remains and onions are golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in bacon.
  • Pour into slow cooker. Combine garlic, salt and pepper; rub all over beef. Place on onions; pour broth over top. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 7 to 8 hours.
  • Remove beef to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Skim fat from cooking liquid. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp. water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve with roast.

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