Slow Cooker Bison Roast with Carrots and Parsnips

by kara on January 22, 2012

Alright.  It’s officially winter in Minnesota.  I’ve accepted it.  I’m embracing the elements, which means roasting heartier fare.  This bison roast was a winner.  Browning the roast in bacon grease before placing it in the slow cooker added an extra richness to the overall flavor.  If you don’t have bacon grease on hand, use a few tablespoons of olive oil instead. . .but trust me, the bacon fat is worth it.  I happen to love roasted parsnips and carrots right now.  Use whatever vegetables you have on hand (potatoes, turnips, root vegetables).  Just make sure they are cut into larger size pieces.  This recipe makes approximately 6-8 servings.  If you have a small family like mine, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for the following night’s meal.

Slow Cooker Bison Roast with Carrots and Parsnips

2 1/2-3 lb. bison (buffalo) roast

1 cup beef broth

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 heaping Tbsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, diced

4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

3-4 large parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks

Fresh Italian parsley


Sear bison roast on medium-high heat in bacon grease until browned on all sides.  Transfer roast to slow cooker.  Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to slow cooker.  Season roast with salt, pepper, and thyme.   Top with onions and garlic.  Cook on low for 6 hours, then add the carrots and parsnips to the slow cooker.  Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 more hours on low.  Before serving, top with fresh Italian parsley.

Add a side salad of leafy greens or a crusty roll.  You’re guaranteed a happy belly.


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Angie @ Angie Anew January 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Mmmm. Looks good! The Vitamix and the slow-cooker have been our appliances of choice this winter.

kara January 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Mine too! Love them both!

Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It January 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I’m jealous of your vitamix’s ladies, wish I had one! The bison looks incredible, Kara. :)

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