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October 6, 2016

Beef Carbonnade (Slow-Cooker)

Tender Beef Carbonnade in a rich sauce - Cooked to perfection in the Slow-Cooker

Slow-Cooker Beef Carbonnade is the perfect dinner main dish for cooler evenings. Even though we are in our second month of Spring in South-Africa a cold front hit us a couple of days ago and this Beef Carbonnade recipe came in very handy.

It is a VERY saucy dish, which of course is always popular with my family.  Any leftover sauce were quickly devoured by dunking fresh, crusty pieces of bread into the sauce and after that we had none left. So, I would suggest if you normally serve dinner rolls with your main meal, wait till after everyone enjoyed their dinner, then surprise them with the leftover sauce and dinner rolls - a bit backwards, but soooo worth it !

Tender Beef Carbonnade in a rich sauce - Cooked to perfection in the Slow-Cooker

The meat turns out so tender, yet still juicy, you literally do not need a knife as the meat falls apart as soon as a fork is stuck into a piece. Take care when stirring, especially towards the end of cooking, to prevent too much breaking up.

If the sauce is not thick enough to your preference, (check about an hour before the cooking time ends) add one or two tablespoons of Cornstarch (mixed with a little cold water until smooth) to the cooking dish, stir through gently and finish cooking.

Beef Carbonnade (Slow-Cooker)

4 Servings


3 TB Butter
2 Onions, chopped
4 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
1 TB Caster Sugar
675g Rump Steak ( 1 1/2 pounds)
Salt and Black Pepper
1 TB Vegetable Oil
2 TB Flour
1 cup Hot Beef Stock
1 can (330ml) Ale or Lager Beer
3 sprigs Fresh Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 TB Cocoa Powder


1.) Switch on the Slow-Cooker on HIGH - place the Butter in the Slow-Cooker and cover - leave to pre-heat for 20 minutes
2.) Add the Onions, Garlic and Caster Sugar to the melted Butter in the Slow-Cooker - stir, cover and cook for 1 hour until softened
3.) Meanwhile, remove all visible fat from the Rump Steak - cut into 1 centimeter ( 1/2 inch) thick pieces - season well with Salt and Black Pepper
4.) Heat the Oil in a skillet - brown the meat on all sides - add to the Onion mixture in the Slow-Cooker (reserving the juices in the skillet) - gently mix the meat with the Onions, cover
5.) Off the heat - add the Flour to the skillet and stir until a paste has formed - gradually add the Beef Stock and Ale / Lager - stir through - place skillet on low heat and warm through the sauce ( 1 - 2 minutes only) - pour the sauce over the meat mixture in the Slow-Cooker - add the Thyme and Bay Leaf, mix the Cocoa Powder with a little cold water until smooth and stir into the meat mixture - cover and reduce heat to LOW - cook 6 hours until tender - discard the herbs

Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta and vegetable sides

Tender Beef Carbonnade in a rich sauce - Cooked to perfection in the Slow-Cooker



  1. Looks delicious! We are moving into fall over here, so perfect time for this kind of recipe. I love slow cooker recipes for my Mom clients who spend the afternoon driving kids around. Yum!

  2. I made something like this last weekend. Unfortunately I cook for 1, so I have had it as a leftover more than once. But it was tasty.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  3. What can you use to replace the beer?

    1. The use of Ale or Beer is crucial in a Beef Carbonnade to ensure the correct salty, lightly sour taste. I have never made this dish without Ale or Beer, but you can try to use more Beef Stock which will result in a less intense flavor


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