Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 8 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/4 pounds boneless beef chuck (in one piece)

1 cup pearl barley

1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered

4 stalks celery, quartered

6 medium carrots, quartered

2 medium leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)

1 sprig thyme

4 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Horseradish, for serving (optional)


  1. Combine the beef, barley, mushrooms, celery, carrots, leeks, thyme, beef broth and soy sauce in a slow cooker. Add 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on low, undisturbed, 8 hours. Uncover and skim off any excess fat. Transfer the beef to a cutting board, let cool slightly and slice or shred by hand into bite-size pieces. Thin the vegetable-barley mixture in the slow cooker with some water, if desired. Divide among shallow bowls and top with the beef. Serve with horseradish, if desired.
  2.  Photograph by Antonis Achilleos