The beef chuck tender, or chuck eye, is a portion of the loin that extends into the group of muscles in the steer's shoulder. It is worked more than the rest of the loin, and is therefore chewier and tender only in comparison with the rest of the chuck. Chuck tender steaks can be grilled if they are tenderized slightly with a mallet. The chuck tender roast is best when slow cooked until tender.
Sear the outer surfaces of the roast before cooking it, because low-heat cooking will not brown the roast or create the savory flavor compounds that normally result from browning. Heat a heavy cast skillet with a small amount of oil, and brown all sides of the beef until medium dark.
Preheat the slow cooker on its high setting. Season the seared beef with salt and pepper to taste, and rub it with the garlic. Place it in the preheated slow cooker, and add enough red wine or beef broth to immerse the beef up to about two-thirds of its height.
Turn the temperature control on the slow cooker to low, once the cooking liquid comes to a low simmer and begins to steam. Simmer on low for three to five hours until the beef is fully cooked and tender.
Rest the beef for 10 minutes under a loose covering of aluminum foil, while you finish preparing the side dishes and sauce, or gravy. Slice and serve hot.
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- The cooking juices can be reduced and thickened to make a flavorful sauce or gravy to go with the beef.
- Fried onions, carrots and celery can be added to the slow cooker for extra flavor. Carrots and potatoes can be added to the slow cooker after the first hour and cooked alongside the meat to make a full meal. The carrots should be cut to about half the size of the potatoes, and added 20 to 30 minutes earlier.
Fred Decker is a trained chef and prolific freelance writer. In previous careers, he sold insurance and mutual funds, and was a longtime retailer. He was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. His articles have appeared on numerous home and garden sites including GoneOutdoors, TheNest and eHow.