Your slow cooker can come in very useful for making your roast joints of meat. Whether for your family Sunday roast meal or an easy weeknight roast, you can put your slow cooker or crockpot to full use and get it cooking while you work or play.
Making a roast in your slow cooker
Roast meat cooked in your slow cooker is rather like cooking a pot roast since you cook your meat in a covered pot and can also add in vegetables beneath the meat.
You still get great results with slow cooker roasts even without the oven!
Just remember that you don’t need to use as much liquid for a slow cooker pot roast because when cooking in a slow cooker liquid won’t evaporate off.
Also plenty of juices will come out of the meat as it cooks. In some of these recipes I don’t use any stock for cooking at all (pork, lamb and so on) whereas for beef brisket it is best to add a small amount of beef stock.
Here I’ve put together my favourite slow cooker roasts so you can use this collection for whichever meat you want to base your roast meal on, whether slow cooker roast beef, pork, lamb, turkey crown, gammon or whole chicken.
Slow cooker beef
I always find that a cut of beef selected for slow cooking works best, and so I normally use brisket when making slow cooker roast beef, and cook it on a bed of onions.
It becomes so tender after slow cooking and makes a delicious gravy too.
Slow cooker pork
Roast pork with fresh sage leaves and onion is a classic flavour combination and works so well in the slow cooker too. Cook your pork joint without any added liquid for best results.
For this recipe I cook the meat in a hot oven briefly after slow cooking to get crispy crackling.
Slow cooker lamb
Whether you are cooking a shoulder of lamb or a half leg or leg of lamb, they all work brilliantly in the slow cooker.
Slow cooker roast lamb with garlic and rosemary, on a bed of red onions and with added mint sauce if you like, will make your kitchen smell delicious as it cooks away.
Slow cooker gammon
An everyday unsmoked gammon joint becomes a delicious roast gammon in this simple slow cooker gammon recipe with apple juice and maple syrup drizzled over before roasting briefly in a hot oven.
Even if you skip the last stage, you’ll have beautifully tender ham you can use for slicing or serving with chips!
Slow cooker turkey crown
Turkey breast or turkey crown is usually chosen at Easter or Christmas but of course you can enjoy them all year round if you can pick one up!
Here turkey breast on the bone (a turkey crown) is cooked with a delicious spice rub. You can also cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker in the same way.
More slow cooker recipes to try
As I post more slow cooker roast dishes I will add them here. I am thinking along the lines of a vegetarian nut roast or similar too! Make sure you check my other slow cooker recipes for lots more slow cooker inspiration.
And for your dessert you must see my slow cooker dessert recipes!