How to Cook Bottom Round Steak in the Crock Pot or Oven

Bottom round steak is generally not a tender piece of meat because of its tough muscle and lack of fat. Because it's a lean cut, bottom round dries out and becomes tougher when cooked using a dry-heat method such as grilling. For a tender bottom round steak, cook it slowly in a Crock-Pot or a covered pan in the oven to infuse moisture. The moisture seals in flavor and tenderizes the meat, creating a juicy cut of meat with minimal effort.

Crock-Pot

Step 1

Mix one package of dry onion soup, one 10.75-ounce can of cream of mushroom soup and ¾ cup of water in the Crock-Pot. Add sliced vegetables, if desired.

Step 2

Place the bottom round steak in the Crock-Pot on top of the vegetables, if present.

Step 3

Place the lid on the Crock-Pot and cook on "low" for 7 to 10 hours, or until the steak reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 F. Test by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak.

Step 4

Remove from the Crock-Pot and let stand for 10 minutes before serving so the juices can settle.

Oven

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Brown the bottom round steak on all sides in a large, lightly oiled skillet.

Step 3

Season the steak as desired, and then place it in a large covered roaster or Dutch oven. Add ½ cup of liquid, such as water, beef broth or onion soup.

Step 4

Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the oven. Cook for 3 to 4 hours, or until the meat is tender. Check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. When fully cooked, the temperature should be at least 145 F.

Step 5

Remove the steak from the pan and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 package dry onion soup

  • 1 10.75-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

  • ¾ cup water

  • Optional vegetables

  • Meat thermometer

  • Skillet

  • Vegetable oil

  • Optional seasonings

  • Covered roaster or Dutch oven

  • ½ cup of water, broth or soup

Tip

Add vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and onions to the Crock-Pot to make an entire meal at once. Do not add vegetables until there are 3 hours cooking time left on low heat.

Warning

Overcooking meat in a Crock-Pot may make it stringy.

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