Slow Cooked Bolar Roast

sliced roast beef on a chopping board
When you're in a rush, a roast or crockpot is always easiest for family dinners. Slow cooking makes for a fuss-free family meal that's ready by 5pm when your troops scoot in the door hungry and exhausted. This will quickly become your favourite Bolar Roast Beef recipe.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 8 people


  • slow cooker


  • 2 kg bolar roast beef
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil we love Olivado
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 1 bay leaf we love Superb Herb
  • 1 tsp black pepper crushed
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 250 g bag of carrots cut in pieces
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

For the gravy

  • 1 tbsp flour we love Chantal Organics
  • ¼ cup red wine


  • Pat the meat dry then brown in the oil in a heavy fry pan.
  • Combine the browned beef, wine, onion, carrots, mushrooms, bay leaf, pepper and garlic, in your slow cooker or crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Thicken meat juices after cooking for a great gravy: a tablespoon of flour or cornflour mixed to a paste with a little extra wine.
  • Serve with creamy mashed potato, minted peas and gravy.


Roasting Tip
NZ Guild of Foodwriter's Jan Bilton has advice on roasting the less tender cuts of beef such as bolar, rolled rib, topside and perhaps prime rib: Place in a roasting pan. Baste lean meats often with butter or oil. Roast at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes per 500g. Season with salt, pepper and mustard.
Keyword dairy free
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  1. Sara Worth on 23/12/2021 at 4:43 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for putting this online. I had no idea what a Bolar roast was when I got my cow back from the butcher! I looked you up on google and found this recipe. I tried it in the slow cooker overnight with a bit of balsamic glaze. As I am gluten-free I thickened with a tiny bit of guar gum and the whole thing was yummy. So nice to use the slow cooker.

    • Rani on 23/12/2021 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Sara, we’re glad you enjoyed the recipe. Great idea using guar gum as the thickener! Thank you for the tip 🙂

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