Slow Cooker Chuck Steak & Potatoes Meal for Two

Easy Steak & Potato Meal for Two

Inviting a friend over? Prepare a simple steak and potato slow cooker dinner.

One steak is all you need unless you and your friend are big eaters. My friend invited me over for a write-in.

We’re both writing books and working hard to meet deadlines. When I arrived, she surprised me with the announcement that she was cooking our dinner in the slow cooker.

I couldn’t resist peeking to see what was cooking. Four potatoes and a steak.

 

Steak in the slow cooker
Steak & Potatoes for Two

The nice thing about cooking four potatoes is that my friend has leftovers. We only ate one potato each. She saved half of her steak half (yep, that means I ate ALL of my half😉).

Steak leftovers can be made into sandwiches, chili, burritos – or just steak.

My friend seasoned the steak perfectly, and she has a great way to cook the potatoes. She cuts the end off and hits them hard three times with a sharp knife to break the skin. That way, the potatoes don’t explode. Pretty cool, huh?

  1. Ready for her recipe? Here you are:

    Slow Cooker Chuck Steak & Potatoes

    Chuck steak and baked potatoes in the Slow Cooker 

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American

    Ingredients

    • 1 Each Chuck Steak
    • 4 Each Russet Potatoes

    Recipe Notes

    Seasonings used were:

  • Sweet Ginger Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chopped Onion
Steak seasoning
Chuck Steak Seasonings

Dinner was superb! My friend Barbara and I accomplished a good bit of work.

The day had started out for me with frustration due to Internet technicalities – not fun for a blogger.

In addition, I took photos with my phone camera. The pictures are sideways. That also adds more setbacks to a food blogger.

In spite of the technical Internet and phone problems, any stress was outweighed by the delicious steak dinner and team writing.

 

 

Slow Cooker No-Salt Ribeye

Easy & Juicy Ribeye

Today I went to the supermarket and purchased two bone-in ribeyes.

rib-eye
Rib-eye Steaks and Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
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I’ve cooked them before in my slow cooker for four hours. But this time, I did it differently. I sprinkled the steaks generously with seasoning and put them in the crockpot and didn’t cover them with foil. It didn’t dawn on me until two-and-a-half hours later that I forgot to wrap them in foil. The last time I cooked them in the slow cooker, I also added sweet potatoes.

rib-eye steak
Rib-eyes and Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

When I remembered, I took out the steaks, added barbecue sauce to them, covered them with foil, and cooked them for another thirty minutes.

The steak turned out great. I just love this way of cooking steaks. No oven heating up the kitchen on a hot day. Quick way to serve a steak dinner.

Though I don’t usually cook vegetables in the microwave, I did for this meal. The veggies included sweet peas (with a tablespoon of sugar and a tad of butter) and Charro (pinto) beans.

ribeye
Slow Cooker No-Salt Ribeye Steaks

Some meat I’ve cooked in the slow cooker haven’t turned out as good as the steak. I’ve tried pork chops, hamburger patties, and chicken and have been pleased overall. When any of the recipes don’t do as I had expected, I keep trying again until it comes out just right. Like the hamburger patties. I wasn’t satisfied with the results. However, I had read that they are best when you use crumpled-up foil between the patties. That was one step I left out. Next time, I’ll try it that way and see if the patties taste better.

Slow cookers are all different. Some are larger than others, so you have to adapt recipes according to yours.

Mostly, my husband grills our meat. We prepare plenty for the whole week and freeze the extra. Actually, the ribeyes can be cooked in the slow cooker then put on the grill for five minutes to add that special smoke flavor to it. YUM!

Slow Cooker No-Salt Ribeye

Slow Cooker No-Salt Ribeye

Ribeye in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 bone-in ribeye steaks
  • Mrs. Dash "Steak" seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hickory Smoke barbecue sauce
  • Foil

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle steaks with pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning.
  2. Wrap steaks inside foil, creasing the top, and folding the ends up or twist the ends.
  3. Place foil-wrapped steaks into the slow cooker and cook on high for two-and-a-half hours.
  4. Open the foil and brush barbecue sauce on each side of the steak.
  5. Wrap the steaks back into the foil, and cook for another thirty minutes.
  6. If you're grilling other foods, put the steaks on the grill for about five minutes to get an extra smoke flavor.
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Cooking ribeyes in the slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to cook a fabulous dinner. They make a great weekend dinner this way because it doesn’t take them a long time to cook.

Ribeye Steak in the Slow Cooker

Best Ribeye in a Slow Cooker

What is your favorite way to cook a rib-eye steak? If you haven’t yet tried it in a slow cooker, you are missing out. Like juicy, tender meat? You’ve got to try this. I had no idea how good this steak-in-a-slow-cooker experiment was going to be. It only takes four hours on high (double the time if you need it to cook all day).

Sear or Not to Sear?

I used to think you had to sear all kinds of meat for the best results before putting it into a slow cooker. But I was wrong. Maybe that is the best way when cooking pork chops in the slow cooker – but not for rib-eye steak. A friend had read about searing meat after you take it out of the slow cooker. I had considered doing that but decided not to when the steaks tasted so good.

A couple of days ago my hubs asked me to thaw the two rib-eyes we had in the freezer and he would grill them. I thawed them then marinated them in the refrigerator. Circumstances, however, changed the course of our dinner plans. Hubs asked if there was another way I could cook the steaks. Of course, I could easily fit them into my 30-day slow cooker recipe plan. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but was willing to go for it.

Cooking with Foil in the Slow Cooker

Foil is the key. I’ve used foil before in the slow cooker but not a lot. I decided on cooking steaks and sweet potatoes together in the slow cooker. This is the recipe:

Slow Cooker Rib-eye Steak and Sweet Potato Meal

Slow Cooker Rib-eye Steak and Sweet Potato Meal

Rib-eye Steaks and Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 Rib-eye steaks
  • 2 Small sweet potatoes (I made 3 to have an extra for leftovers)
  • Foil
  • Vela Farms Texas Sweet Tea Marinade
  • "holy chipotle!" Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Season the steaks, and marinate them with the Sweet Tea Marinade overnight.
  2. Wrap each steak and each potato separately in foil, sealing the ends.
  3. Cook on high in the slow cooker for 4 hours (or 8 if cooking all day).
  4. Open the steaks carefully and add the barbecue sauce, sealing the foil again and putting back into the slow cooker for about 15 minutes (or add the barbecue sauce before cooking for 4 hours).
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When I first tested the rib-eyes after cooking for four hours, the steak was perfect. Juicy, tender.  I ended up adding the barbecue sauce then and letting the rib-eyes cook another hour. They were good then, too. However, next time I cook them in the slow cooker, I will turn the slow cooker off at four hours and not add the barbecue sauce. The steaks tasted so delicious in their natural juice.

Sweet Tea Seasoning

Like Southern sweet tea? Down South, we like to keep a gallon of sweet tea in the fridge handy at all times. Make it sweet with regular granulated sugar or a sugar substitute. There’s nothing like a glass of sweet iced tea on a hot day, and summer is arriving soon. Iced tea, at least for Southerners, means a glass FULL of ice. You can even order K-cup machine compatible sweet iced tea packets.

If you’re not a Texas resident and can’t find Vela Farms Texas Sweet Tea Marinade, look for Smokin’ Sweet Tea, a naturally flavored marinade by McCormick Grill Mates or order it from Amazon.

Another idea hubs and I discussed was putting them on the grill after cooking in the slow cooker. We’ll try that and see how it turns out. When we do, we’ll only put it on the grill for five minutes or less to add the smoked flavor.

Have you cooked steak in your slow cooker? If so, let me know how you cooked yours.

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