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Fall Apart Sirloin Tip Roast Recipe in the Slow Cooker

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Let me show you how to cook fall apart sirloin tip roast in the slow cooker to make juicy, tender shredded beef! This savory, shredded beef roast recipe is cooked low and slow with simple ingredients to create an incredible dinner that is hearty & full of rich, beefy flavor!

This is a shredded sirloin tip roast in gray platter.

If I had to pick one of my favorite recipes from my childhood to define it, it would probably be something called “Rock Elm Beef.”

Rock Elm Beef is a fall-apart shredded beef sirloin tip roast typically eaten on sandwich buns. This meal is called Rock Elm beef because this recipe was the go-to meal for the rural church dinners in Rock Elm, WI where our family farm was located.

However, the rest of the world will know this as hot beef, shredded beef, or fall-apart sirloin tip roast. This shredded beef is cooked on low heat for a long time creating perfectly tender, pulled beef that adults and kids alike will go crazy for!

This great recipe is based on my mom’s old recipe for Rock Elm Beef, but I replaced some of the more processed envelope ingredients with more wholesome alternatives making this a great recipe for those who want to learn how to cook fall-apart sirloin tip roast without the ultra-processed ingredients.

Sirloin tip roast is also lean, making it a great choice for those who would like to enjoy this comfort meal without too much fat.

From Tough to Tender

Sirloin tip roast is a lean cut that comes from the front end of the rear leg. While it is traditionally a tougher cut of meat, it becomes juicy and tender when you give it ample time to cook over low heat.

Slow cooking with liquid gives the connective tissues ample time to break down, creating a more tender, flavorful roast, making the crock pot or slow cooker the perfect cooking method! It is the full break down of the connective tissues that leads to shredded meat, so that’s why the crockpot is a great cooking method for this roast.

This recipe is one you’ll want to make again and again, and the best part is how simple it is! It has the added bonus of making your house smell incredible all day long. The whole family is going to love this incredible meal.

Tender Sirloin Tip Roast Tip:

Sirloin tip roast is very tough–until it’s not! That means if you poke at it too early, you may be concerned that your meat is not going to fall apart.

Trust me–it needs the full 8-10 hours on low to tenderize. If you are poking at it 7.5 hours into the cooking time and starting to fret, just put that lid back on the slow cooker and back away….come back later, and you will be amazed.

Moral of the story: if it’s still tough, it’s not done. Keep on cookin’.

Ingredients

To make this tender fall-apart sirloin tip roast slow cooker recipe, you will need:

Sirloin Tip Roast – Also known as a knuckle or round tip roast, this can be found at most grocery stores. Some also refer to it as a spoon roast. Sirloin tip roast is very lean, making this a great choice for those wanting to enjoy a hearty meal without too much fat or calories.

Diced Onion – Use white or yellow onion for this recipe.

Better than Bouillon Beef Base – We are going to use this to make our own ultra-concentrated beef broth. I absolutely love this stuff! It’s so convenient for recipes where I just need a small amount of broth. It also has great ingredients. However, you can also just use regular beef broth, too.

Worcestershire Sauce – This adds some rich flavor to our beef juices, but if you don’t have it on hand, you could leave it out or use soy sauce.

Garlic – I minced about 1 tbsp fresh garlic, but jarred garlic works great, too.

Dried Herbs & Spices – Dried Parsley, Salt, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, and a bit of Cinnamon bring incredible flavor to this delicious shredded sirloin roast.

These are the sirloin tip roast recipe ingredients--roast, spices, garlic, bouillon paste, and diced onion in basket

Fall Apart Sirloin Tip Roast Instructions

Follow these instructions to make a tender fall-apart sirloin tip roast that is perfect every time!

These are tongs holding roast on stainless steel skillet while it sears.

1. Sear Meat

Heat a medium to large size skillet to medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add a splash of olive oil to the pan. Use tongs to set your roast down on the skillet and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes per side. Use the tongs to gently rotate the roast so that you are able to brown all sides and angles of the meat. Once all of the sides are browned, set the roast aside.

This is a stainless steel pan with a blue spoon stirring diced sauteed onion.

2. Cook Diced Onion

Add another splash of olive oil to the skillet if needed, and then add your diced onion. Cook the onions until they soak up all of the meat flavor from the pan and are soft and fragrant.

**If you’re pressed for time, you can skip steps 1 & 2, but searing the meat and cooking the onions makes this dish so much more flavorful.

This is the inside of a black crockpot with roast, onions, and spices with juices.

3. Fill Slow Cooker

Add your roast and sauteed onions to the crockpot. Add 1 tablespoon of Better than Bouillon beef base to one cup of water and whisk to combine (or simply use 1 cup beef broth if you prefer). Pour into the crock pot. Add your Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and all of your seasonings to the slow cooker.

This is a crockpot control panel showing 8:00 hours.

4. Cook on Low

Set your crockpot to low for 8-10 hours of cooking time. The timing may vary depending on your crockpot.

Slow cookers that run on the hotter side will be done in 8 hours, but if yours runs cooler, then you may need up to 10 hours. See the Tips section below for more information on this.

side view of shredded sirloin tip roast with juices on serving platter

When the meat is done cooking, use tongs to place the roast on a cutting board to pull apart. You will know your meat is done if it easily falls apart.

The internal temperature will be at least 180-190 degrees F–while beef will be safely cooked long before that temperature, this is the temperature at which tougher cuts of beef will start to fall apart.

Shred the beef, then add it back to the liquid to soak up the flavor and stay warm until serving.

Tips for Perfect Crock Pot Sirloin Tip Roast

Different crockpots have different temperatures for their low setting, so the cook times may vary. When I make this in my Crockpot brand crockpot, which runs pretty hot even on low, it’s done in 8 hours. My Ninja slow cooker, however, needs much more than 8 hours on low to give me a fall-apart tender roast. If your crock pot runs on the cooler side, for best results get this meat in the crock pot early so you have plenty of time to let it tenderize.


This is a gray platter of shredded sirloin tip roast.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some of my favorite side dishes that would go perfectly with this fall apart sirloin tip roast:

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges

These perfectly seasoned air fryer sweet potato wedges are the perfect kid-friendly healthy side dish. Perfect for shredded beef sandwiches!

This is a white plate of roasted brussels sprouts

Orange-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

These tasty savory-sweet roasted brussels sprouts with orange glaze are a perfect veggie side for this lean beef recipe.

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Kale Crunch Salad

This tasty Chick-Fil-A Copy Cat Kale Salad is another great way to get some dark leafy greens on the table!

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Turkish Kebab Shop Salad

This crunchy, tangy Turkish Red Cabbage salad is a super easy side dish perfect for picnics and BBQs.

This is a white bowl of air friend butternut squash cubes with a silver spoon.

Air Fried Butternut Squash Cubes

These air fryer butternut squash cubes are perfectly seasoned and lightly sweet. These are a great side dish for fall!

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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potato Squash

If you want a uniquely savory squash recipe, you’ll love this garlic parmesan mashed potato acorn squash!

Crockpot Sirloin Tip Roast Nutrition Info

The nutritional information given here is an estimate using my macro-tracker of choice. Your stats may vary with different ingredients or different sizes of roast.

This is a graph showing all of the nutrition stats for fall apart shredded beef roast, aka Rock Elm Beef.

For 1/8 of the recipe using a 2-pound roast, the nutritional info is as follows:

  • Calories: 204
  • Protein: 24 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams

Other Nutritious Red Meat Meals

If you’re looking for another nutritious slow-cooked red meat recipe, try one of the following:

Shredded Sirloin Tip Roast Storage

Store leftover beef in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can heat this in the microwave for 1-2 minutes per serving. You can also heat the meat in a pot on low with some leftover juices for about 5 minutes.

Shredded Beef the Whole Family Will Love!

Your whole family is going to love this fall-apart sirloin tip roast recipe! If you give it a try, please leave a comment and review! It means a lot to hear from you.

overhead view of shredded sirloin tip roast in gray platter
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5 from 4 votes

Fall Apart Sirloin Tip Roast

This savory sirloin tip roast recipe makes the most incredible shredded beef!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, crockpot sirloin tip roast, fall apart beef, shredded beef, shredded sirloin tip roast, slow cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $20

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb Sirloin Tip Roast
  • 1-2 tsp Olive Oil for searing meat & sauteeing onion
  • 1 medium Onion diced
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat on the stove top. Add 1 tsp olive oil to the skillet.
  • Use tongs to place the sirloin tip roast in the hot skillet. Sear your roast on each side for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Add another teaspoon of olive oil to your skillet and add your diced onions. Cook them until they are soft and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  • Into your slow cooker, place your roast and onions. Add 1 tbsp of Better than Bouillon beef base to one cup of water and whisk to combine. Pour into the crockpot. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, onion powder, and cinnamon.
  • Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on low. Your roast is done when the meat pulls apart easily. Some slow cookers are done in 8 hours, while others will need 9-10 hours on low to reach this stage.
  • Shred your meat and add it back to the juices for serving. Enjoy on sandwiches, with mashed potatoes, or any other favorite side.

Video

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Notes

This roast is done once the meat falls apart. Depending on your slow cooker, it may be done in 8 hours or it could take up to 10. If it is still tough after 8 hours, add more time to your slow cooker. Let it cook until it starts to fall apart easily when pulled with a fork.
Store leftover beef in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can heat this in the microwave for 1-2 minutes per serving, or put the meat in a saucepan with some of the leftover juices and heat on low heat for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

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9 Comments

  1. There are sirloin tip roasts on sale right now at my local grocery store. Much smaller than yours but I’m thinking with a horseradish sauce, it might be pretty darn good!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe! It’s so easy and tasty, definitely going to be a staple for my house.

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