This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. I made it for my friend Mike a couple of Christmases ago as a gift. I used a 4lb roast, quartered it, and placed it inside of slow cooker bag, along with the sliced onions and garlic, which then went inside of a large Christmas tin. I packaged the coffee and soy sauce in a mason jar and the cornstarch went in a snack size baggie. He baked it the next day and his family loved it.
Heads up: this makes the house smell super ridiculously AMAZING.
Slow Cooker Coffee Chuck Roast
recipe from Taste of Home
1 2lb organic, grass-fed chuck roast*
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup soy sauce or soy sauce substitute (coconut aminos, tamari, etc)
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 Tbls water
Place onions in bottom of slow cooker. Top with beef. Spread minced garlic on beef, and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Combine coffee and soy sauce; pour over beef. Cook on high, 4-6 hours, or low, 6-8 hours, or until tender.
Combine cornstarch and water; stir into juices. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until gravy is thickened.
* If using a larger roast, double the onions and garlic, halve the roast, and layer the onions, garlic and beef. Keep liquid the same.