Ribeye Slow Cooker Recipe

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There are many ways to cook a ribeye steak, but when you want the most tender and juicy results possible, it’s hard to beat the taste of slow cooking.

Cooking meat over low heat allows all of the juices inside to be sealed in with no loss of flavor or texture.

Since there is so little liquid added, this is a dry cooking method that can easily turn tough meat into a tender and succulent dish.

Ribeye is a large and fatty steak cut of beef from the rib primal.

Many ribeye enthusiasts prefer cooking steak on the grill, but if you have neither the time nor the patience to prepare this full meal, cooking ribeye in a slow cooker is your best bet.

This will let you prepare an entire meal regardless of whether you’re on vacation or working long hours.

Why cook ribeye in a slow cooker?

Ribeye is a boneless rib steak that contains high collagen fibers, and thus, the best way to taste its deep flavors and tenderize the toughness is to slow cook.

You can opt to use a conventional oven, a roaster oven, or a crockpot.

When aiming for tender ribeye, temperature levels make all the difference in the outcome.

Ribeye is a muscle, and as soon as you start the cooking process, moisture starts evaporating.

So, gentle heat allows gradual temperature increase in the steak, thus, cooking well at a lower rate.

This ensures most of the meat juices are retained and stay succulent.

Additionally, slow cooking will tenderize your steak and deepen its flavors.

Marinade or dry rub ribeye in a slow cooker?

Most people don’t like dry food.

Well, we over here prefer our steaks dry or perhaps with a bit of sprinkle of glaze.

A dry rub combines dried spices used to season steak shortly before cooking it.

Salt, sugar, and pepper are the essential ingredients for a dry rub, and the combo delivers the right amount of seasoning savory and sweet muckiness to steaks.

The secret is to balance whichever ingredients you decide to use.

Alternatively, if you prefer wet ingredients, a marinade would be best.

You can use rosemary, garlic, mustard, or gravy to marinate these steaks, and the result will be a flavorful taste.

The duration for marinating differs; for mild spicing, refrigerate for about 5 hours while for intense spices 10 hours or preferably overnight.

Ribeye in slow cooker-Oven

The best part about baking ribeye steak in the oven is eliminating the risk of overcooking or drying out.

Slow cooking gives enough time for the steak to tenderize.

This method is simple: preheat the oven, place in the steak until the medium-rare temperature is reached, then lightly sear the sides on the stove to brown the surfaces.

How to slow cook ribeye in the oven

Required oven tools: dripping pan, grill rack, tongs, skillet, and meat temperature.

Ingredients

Meat: ribeye steak (8 ounces, 1-inch)

 

Oil: coconut oil/ghee (1 tablespoon)

 

Seasoning: flaked salt, black pepper (freshly ground)

 

Steps to follow

Step 1: Warm the steak to room temperature. Either let it sit for about an hour if it’s refrigerated or uses a microwave to defrost.

 

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 270F-300F

 

Step 3: Place the ribeye in the grill rack above the dripping tray.

 

Step 4: Cook until medium-rare (130F) or medium (140F). It depends on what you want to achieve. Use a meat thermometer to check the steak temperature.

 

Step 5: Rest the ribeye steak on a chopping board or plate for about 5 minutes.

 

Step 6: On a skillet, add the coconut oil or ghee and heat the pan till it’s hot enough.

 

Step 7: Sprinkle flaked salt on both sides of your steak and place in the hot skillet pan—seer for about 1 minute on each side. Be careful not to overcook it.

 

Enjoy!

Ribeye in slow cooker-Crock pot

Recipe 1: Classic ribeye in a slow cooker crockpot

Ingredients

4 lbs ribeye steak

 

5 potatoes, diced

 

2 packets onion soup/gravy mix

 

2 ½ cups water

 

2 medium onions, sliced

 

Onion powder,

 

Salt

 

Black pepper

 

●Olive oil/vegetable oil

 

Directions

Step 1: Seasoning: Sprinkle salt, pepper, and onion powder on both sides of the ribeye steak.

 

Step 2: Browning: Heat 3 tsp. of olive oil in a skillet and seer both sides of ribeye steak for about a minute each.

 

Step 3: Potatoes: Add half of the baked potatoes and the sliced onions to the bottom of a deep pan, then add the steak. Add the remaining half onions and potatoes on top.

 

Step 4: Add 2 ½ cups of water and the packet of onion soup mix.

 

Step 5: Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours. Until the meat is fork-tender.

 

Recipe 2: Roast ribeye in slow cooker crock pot-recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds ribeye steak

 

1 tbsp. barbeque sauce

 

1 tbsp. brown mustard

 

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

 

1 tbsp. celery seeds

 

1 tbsp. garlic powder

 

1 tbsp. chili powder/paprika

 

1 cup of water

 

●Olive oil/vegetable oil

 

Salt to taste

 

Directions

Step 1: Lubricate the steaks with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Rub the ingredients together until the steak is well covered.

 

Step 2: Combine all the seasoning (brown mustard, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic) in a large bowl.

 

Step 3: Grease the ribeye steak with the above seasoning mix and combine well using your hand until all the sides of the steak are well covered.

 

Step 4: Sprinkle the celery seeds and place the ribeye steak at the bottom of the crockpot.

 

Step 5: Add 1 cup of water.

 

Step 6: Add in the barbeque sauce and then cover. Cook it over medium-low heat for 3 to 4 hours.

 

Frozen ribeye in slow cooker recipe

Most meat is purchased frozen, or instead, we buy in bulk and place it in a freezer to avoid frequent visits to the store.

Frozen steak contains a lot of water, which may distort the flavors if not cooked well.

Here is how to prepare a frozen ribeye in a slow cooker.

Ingredients

2 lb ribeye steak

 

1 cup carrots, diced

 

I large onion, sliced

 

1 bay leaf

 

2 cups homemade beef broth

 

Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Instructions

Step 1: Season the frozen ribeye steak with black pepper and salt. Then place it at the bottom of your pot.

 

Step 2: Pour in 2 cups of beef broth

 

Step 3: Add the onions and carrots.

 

Step 4: Add the bay leaf

 

Step 5: Cover the pot and cook over low heat for 7 to 8 hours.

 

What to serve with ribeye in a slow cooker

Steaks are versatile and can be served with a variety of sides.

Here are four sides you can try:

Arugula and Grapefruit Salad

 

This salad is a refreshing way to get plenty of vitamin C and crunch into your meal—pair it with the rich ribeye steak for a perfect balance.

Scalloped Potatoes

 

Rich, creamy, and buttery, scalloped potatoes are the perfect side to the delectable flavor of ribeye in a slow cooker.

Roasted vegetables

 

Like parsnips, carrots, and beets, roasted root vegetables are a great option to serve with ribeye.

●Steamed Broccoli

 

There’s nothing quite like healthy green vegetables to round out an indulgent meal.

These steamed broccoli florets are quick and easy to make, so you can spend more time enjoying the company of your loved ones (and less time in the kitchen).

Tips to perfect ribeye in a slow cooker.   

Tenderness- There are various ways to tenderize your ribeye. First, marinating helps to break down the fibers. Secondly, pounding helps soften the meat. Thirdly, salt breaks down the protein cells making your meat softer. Lastly, slow cooking, which breaks the tough collagen, gives soft results.

 

Heat- set your slow cooker on low heat. This gives enough time for the meat to cook to perfection.

 

Nutritional Facts

Calories: 222

 

Total fat: 4.8g (1.8g saturated)

 

Cholesterol: 65mg

 

Sodium: 332mg

 

Potassium: 838mg

 

Carbohydrates: 16g (0.5 sugars, 2.2g fiber)

 

Protein: 28g

 

Calcium: 2.7%

 

Iron: 18.3%

 

Vitamin A: 140%

 

Vitamin C: 2.7%

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1.Is there a difference between ribeye steak and rib steak?

 

Both are cuts from the same part of beef with tough muscles.

The only difference is that a rib steak has a bone while a ribeye steak is boneless.

2.What tools can I use to slow cook ribeye steak?

 

All slow cookers can be used to cook ribeye steak example: roaster oven, instant pot, crockpot, and oven.

Specific tools depend on the one you’re using.

For instance, if it’s an oven, you require a dripping pan, grill rack, tongs, meat thermometers, and tin foils.

A skillet is a necessary tool in this process.

3.How long does it take to cook ribeye in a slow cooker?

 

Generally, it takes about 5 to 6 hours to prepare and cook ribeye in a slow cooker on low heat.

I recommend checking the steak’s internal temperature as per your preferred level of doneness—medium or medium-rare.

4.Should I slow cook or fast cook ribeye steak?

 

Slow cooking ribeye results in a fall-apart, tender, and juicy barbeque that melts in your mouth.

Giving the meat time breaks the tough collagen fibers to gelatin, allowing tight connective tissue to loosen, resulting in that steak that effortless fall-apart.

Fast cooking is suitable for leaner meat cuts or seafood.

Cooking tough steaks like ribeye and briskets fast doesn’t give the tough tissue enough time to disconnect.

This leads to drying out and tough steak.

So, steak in a slow cooker is preferable, but the decision is yours.

5.Should I marinade ribeye steak?

 

Not really.

These ribeye cuts are flavorful.

Pepper and salt are enough for seasoning and taste.

6.Is it better to cook ribeye in a slow cooker pan or oven?

 

Either is okay; the secret is “low and slow.”

Regulating the temperature is the key to having a tender and moist finish.

However, steak lovers know that the browning finish is where the beauty is at, plus the juiciness, of course.

To attain that brown skin, use a skillet hot enough to sear for 1 minute on each side..

Cooking ribeye in a slow cooker is economical to prepare a top-quality cut.

It will be tender and flavorful when it comes out of the oven!

Many want to know how they can make a ribeye in a slow cooker taste as good as one in a steakhouse.

Most likely, it’s the additional care and attention.

Balancing the seasonings is also a factor for consideration; otherwise, you might distort the flavors.

Ribeye

Homemade ribeye in a slow cooker

Ribeye is a boneless rib steak that contains high collagen fibers, and thus, the best way to taste its deep flavors and tenderize the toughness is to slow cook.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 9 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 1112 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs ribeye steak
  • 5 diced potatoes
  • 2 packets onion soup
  • ½ cups water
  • 2 medium sliced onions
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Seasoning: Sprinkle salt, pepper, and onion powder on both sides of the ribeye steak.
  • Browning: Heat 3 tsp. of olive oil in a skillet and seer both sides of ribeye steak for about a minute each.
  • Potatoes: Add half of the baked potatoes and the sliced onions to the bottom of a deep pan, then add the steak.
  • Add the remaining half onions and potatoes on top.
  • Add 2 ½ cups of water and the packet of onion soup mix.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Until the meat is fork-tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 1112kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 96gFat: 64gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 277mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 2093mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 9mg
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