Holiday Cooking Slow Style with Beef & Barley

This time of year you find it hard to make time to cook dinner, and find yourself eating take out or eating pre-made dinners. This is where a slow cooker comes in handy.

Crockpot Beef and Barley

I was reading a recipe featured in the November issue of the Food Network Magazine for slow-cooker beef and bareley. I made a few tiny changes to it to fit our preferences and what I had available.

1 Beef Roast
1 bag of Pearl Barley
3 Celery Stalks (chopped)
1 bag of Baby Carrots
Beef Stock 46oz
and water

I seasoned it with Salt, ground pepper, thyme, and a hint of cayenne pepper.

Cook it on high for at least 8 hours until tender and fantastic smelling.

Remove the roast from slow cooker and set aside on cutting board, and while it rests skim any excess fat from the top.

Shred or rough cut the roast and serve on top of the soup in a bowl.

Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

Please note that while most of the recipes here are gluten free, this one is not.

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About Brian

A few years ago I had gotten really sick with a mystery infection that put me in the hospital for over a week. When I got home I wasn't much better off. I had to have foot surgery and was laid up on the sofa for awhile. In that time I watched alot of Food Network and really gained a passion for food and it's preparation, cooking for my family was something I could still do even when I wasn't feeling my best and it was a way to help myself reach a healthier goal as well. Now I find myself always looking for healthier options that still taste wonderful and with my wifes gluten allergy I have even more of a challenge of feeding everyone. Honestly ... I am loving every minute of it. Because my kitchen has become my place of Zen.


  1. Thank you Brian! I’m always looking for tested beef recipes that my husband and sons will love. I don’t eat beef, so my experiments usually fail. I’d really like to cook them a roast that they enjoy. :)

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