Crockpot 7-Bone Roast

I don’t know what makes 7-bone roasts my favorite, but I hold a special place in my heart for them.  This roast comes from the shoulder area of the animal, and along with other cuts from the chuck section — they are usually pretty tough.  Not too tough for my slow-cooker to handle!  Haha, funny story actually.  I was telling a friend that I was planning to make a 7-bone roast and she made a really ugly face.  She explained that she just couldn’t figure out why I would want to make a roast that had 7 bones in it…how unappealing!  Haha, the thing is — the 7 refers to the shape of the bone, not the number of bones present.  I love this cut of meat and I am sure you’ll love it too.  Especially when you combine one with this awesome recipe.

Jason and I are in the works of coming up with a fabulous menu for the upcoming week as we are going to have a guest!  His mom will be staying with us for a few days, and so we will need to make sure we make lots of great things for her.  I just love being a hostess.  I assure you there will be a lot more grilling, and everything we make will be sugar-free.  We are still in the midst of our 21-day sugar detox and I will say today was a little rough.  We have been steady for four full days now.  Breaking habits are hard enough, but when sugar is the habit you’re trying to break it can be all you think about.  We are not just cutting out sweets in the ice cream/cookie kind of way…all sweets.  No fruit is allowed, either.  How do I feel?  Well, I’m tired that’s how!  I will be completely honest.  After four full days of no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no dark chocolate, and all vegetables pretty much being the green variety…I’m sleepy.  I am sleepy, and I have had headaches.  These effects are coming from someone who eats as clean as I do…so imagine how most people would feel giving up the stuff they usually eat!

Anyway, we are doing our best.  I admit tonight I almost gave in.  I was very close…only after four days…almost threw in the towel.  Today at work there was a cake.  I usually don’t care much about cake, but it caught my eye today.  It was a red velvet one with cream cheese frosting…I may be alone in this, but when I think of cream cheese I think cheesecake.  My mind goes right to it…like there’s a direct wire.  Some folks think bagels…I think cheesecake.  In fact, I told the Loomis money guy at work this morning that I imagine heaven is somewhat like the Cheesecake Factory.  Hmmm….  okay, anyway… so yeah the cake looked good and I decided right then and there that when we do go to the Cheesecake Factory in late May I will get the Red Velvet Cheesecake.  I usually take a while to decide, but I made up my mind a month in advance!  That’s not even my weakest moment of the day.  After work, I was telling Jason how tired I was and how I would love to just go home, put on some comfy clothes, eat our dinner, and then eat some ice cream whilst we watch X-Files.  Yup, that’s our Friday night.  He agreed.  I could see the gears turning in his head.  He started to grin…I could tell…he was thinking about it.  We’ve worked out hard all week!  We’re fairly fit people… we can eat some ice cream on a Friday night, right??  Well, yeah we could.  But there are principles involved here.  It’s only been four days, and we can do this.  I have gone 30 full days before with no fruit, no sugar…and this is only 21…I can do it!  Jason questioned me…he was ready to say, “yes.”  He wanted me to say, “C’mon let’s get some” because I am the hardass.  He knows that if I say yes, he’ll go right on along no problem.  I didn’t cave.  I turned my head, just stared out the window, and didn’t say a word.

On another note — we did come home and eat a wonderful dinner.  I did change into comfy clothes and we are currently watching X-Files.  So overall a great night, just minus the ice cream.  That’s okay, still a great night.  Try this recipe out on your next roast!  Use whatever cut you like or the one you can get cheapest.  The nice thing is that a slow-cooker will do all the hard work on a tough cut of meat and leave you with a fabulous smell throughout your home.

Ingredients

  • Roast of your choice (I used a grass-fed 7-bone roast from Wild Type Ranch)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped (I like to include the celery tops as well, they give great flavor — they are edible!)
  • 29 oz. of tomato sauce (check your label here)
  • 1/4 c. red wine, this is optional (you could use balsamic vinegar if you want)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper

Process

  1. Line the bottom of your slow-cooker with onion, celery, and carrot.
  2. Place roast on top of vegetables.
  3. Combine tomato sauce, wine, garlic, and spices in a bowl until well blended.
  4. Pour sauce over roast and cover with lid.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours!

Finished 7-bone roast with veggies.

 

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