Time: 15 min. prep + 5 1/2 hours crock pot cooking
***NOTE: This recipe works best in a 5 quart crock pot. If you use a super large crock pot, the meat will cook faster resulting in a tougher, less shreddable meat.***
1 (3-4 pound) chuck beef roast
1. Find yourself a nice 3-4 pound beef chuck roast. Cut it in half with a nice sharp knife.
2. Heat a large, deep skillet up over medium high heat. When the pan is hot hit it with a bit of cooking spray and lay your pot roast in it.
Let the meat get a beautiful brown sear on both sides. Should take several minutes per side.
3. While your meat is browning, pour 1 1/2 cups of apple juice into a small mixing bowl. Add 1 can tomato sauce, 1 chopped onion, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ginger. Give it all a nice stir to combine.
4. Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray. Stack the slabs of meat, one on top of the other. Pour the yummy sauce over the top of the browned meat. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or until the meat easily shreds with a fork.
5. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Stir it until smooth. Pour it into the crock pot sauce. (Try not to get it all over the roast like I did!)
6. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the meat. Put the lid back on and allow the roast to cook for about 30 more minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
7. Remove the meat from the pot and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
Serve with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!