French Onion Roast

Serves 4-6  |  Prep time: 20 minutes  |  Cook Time: 5-7 hours 

Recipe by Mariah Reil, MS, RD, LN


-3-4 lb Reil Ranch grass-fed chuck roast

-2 tbsp olive or canola oil

-1 tsp black pepper

-3 yellow onions, thinly sliced

-4 cups low sodium beef broth

-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-5 sprigs fresh thyme

-1 french baguette, sliced

-1 cup sliced or shredded gruyere or provolone cheese


  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the oil on medium high heat until hot. Place the roast on the skillet and brown each side, about 4-5 minutes each.
  2. Place the broth, onions, Worcestershire, pepper, and fresh thyme in a crockpot. When the roast is seared on all sides, place it in the crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, until the roast is tender and easily shreds. 
  4. Option 1: When cooked, remove the roast from the crockpot and shred the meat. Remove thyme sprigs from the liquid mixture. Replace and top roast mixture with cheese and serve baguettes on the side. 
  5. Option 2: When cooked, remove roast from crockpot, shred, remove thyme from the liquid and place the shredded meat and the liquid into a large, oven-safe kettle. Place the cheese on top of the roast, followed by the sliced baguettes. Broil in the oven, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until the bread is toasted and cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately. 

Grass-fed beef is leaner than conventional beef, which means it contains less total fat. While fat is a healthy part of a balanced diet, the key is consuming the right types of fats in the right amounts. Grass-fed beef is a win-win, because it contains less unhealthy fats and more heart healthy and protective fats, compared to conventional beef. Dig into this delicious recipe, knowing your body is getting more of what it needs and less of what it doesn’t! Enjoy!

February 07, 2021 — Reil Ranch