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How to cook the most delicious slow cooker beef shin. This shin of beef is cooked slow in the slow cooker, is loaded with flavour and perfect for a variety of different beef recipes. 

If you have not cooked shin of beef yet, then you will love its simplicity and how you can dump the ingredients into the slow cooker and come back later.

Slow Cooker Beef Shin
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Shin Of Beef

Yesterday, we showed you how to cook shin of beef in the instant pot, but what about the slow cooker?

Today, I wanted to show you exactly how I cook shin of beef in the slow cooker. A method that I have been doing for many years and you can use the same ingredients and mix and match depending on the size of shin you are cooking.

My favourite is the shin of beef that is sold at Christmas time. Its when its at its best and is like a really thick fillet steak.

You can then load a few of them into the slow cooker and they can cook together.

Or like what we are doing today, buy a large shin of beef from the butchers and load this into the slow cooker whole, for a really delicious alternative to roast beef.

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What Is Shin Of Beef?

The shin of beef is a delicious cut from the leg of the cow and is similar to beef shanks just a boneless version.

Shin of beef needs to cook slow just like braising steak or chuck roast, but when slow cooked is AMAZING.

Is Shin A Good Cut Of Beef?

Yes, shin is an excellent cut of beef. I love beef shin so much that when its available in the supermarket, I will bulk buy it and save some for later.

Also, because shin is so flavoursome it makes a much better alternative to beef braising or chuck.

Is Shin Beef Tough Or Tender Cut Of Meat?

If you don’t slow cook beef shin or pressure cook it, then you have a very tough cut of meat. As beef shin is like chuck roast and if not cooked slow it can be awfully tough.

An example of this is our air fryer pot roast. In a traditional pot roast you would use braising/check, but the air fryer will make the meat tough so I have swapped it in this recipe for topside.

Yet in our instant pot frozen pot roast recipe its incredibly tender even though we have pressure cooked from frozen because the pressure cooker works in a different way.

Does Beef Shin Fall Apart?

Yes, beef shin does fall apart if it is cooked right. I have used beef shin a lot in casseroles and stews and its my favourite meat in a beef stew.

If you leave the slow cooker shin of beef on for an extra 45 minutes it will turn into pulled beef and will be perfect for beef tacos, or for making into salads.

Can You Overcook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can overcook beef shin and when you do it can become very dry, just like if you overcooked roast beef in the oven.

What I recommend is that you don’t exceed 5 hours on high in the slow cooker and then it will be perfect.

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Beef Shin Slow Cooker Ingredients

Beef Shin Slow Cooker Ingredients

Shin – The shin of beef that we used was much bigger than what we normally cook. But we had a lot of beef leftover recipes planned and we love shin. It was 2.6kg/5.7

Onion – It’s all about flavouring the slow cooker before the shin of beef is cooked. I recommend some onion and garlic for this as well as some extra virgin olive oil.

Wine – After browning your shin you will want some red wine for the beef shin to cook in. It adds amazing flavour to the shin and can also go towards a gravy.

Seasoning. Then for seasonings, I recommend salt, pepper, Worcester sauce, tomato puree, mixed herbs, and thyme.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this recipe for slow cooked beef shin it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of slow cooker recipes and also great for easy roasts.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our slow cooker recipes category as we have more than 100 tried and tested slow cooker recipes and have been using slow cookers for 18 years.

How To Cook Slow Cooker Shin Of Beef?

slow cooker beef shin step by step
  • Brown. Start by loading your shin of beef with a little extra virgin olive oil into the slow cooker, seasoning with salt and pepper and giving it a quick brown.
  • Peel. Remove the beef shin and put to one side. Then peel and slice your onion and sauté in the little olive oil leftover from the shin. Then once the onions have started to soften add in your frozen garlic and saute for a little longer.
  • Dump. Next dump into the slow cooker your red wine, beef stock, Worcester sauce and tomato puree. Stir.
  • Season. Add the dried seasonings to your beef shin and then place back into the slow cooker. Place the shin over the stock so that it is partly submerged.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or low for 7 hours.
  • Rest. Remove the slow cooked beef shin and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Then you can slice your shin and serve for dinner with your favourite sides.

And I am sure you can see why this shin of beef recipe in the slow cooker is a true favourite of mine.

How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?

Slow cooker shin of beef takes JUST 4 hours in the slow cooker on high or 7 hours on low.

Or if you want to make your beef shin fall apart like pulled pork, then I recommend you add an extra 40-60 minutes depending on the size of your shin.

Slow Cooker Beef Shin Ragu?

Would you like to make slow cooker beef shin ragu? I recommend you cook our beef cheeks ragu recipe and then follow the seasonings on that recipe and then simply swap the cheeks for shin.

I often do this in recipes when I want a specific theme and want to try it with a different cut of meat.

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Slow Cooker Beef Shin

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Slow Cooker Beef Shin

How to cook the most delicious slow cooker beef shin. This shin of beef is cooked slow in the slow cooker, is loaded with flavour and perfect for a variety of different beef recipes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 6 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 16 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • Season your beef shin and then brown on all sides with some extra virgin olive oil in your slow cooker.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?
  • Put the shin to one side, peel and dice your onion and sauté your onion in the juices leftover from browning the shin. If your slow cooker is dry add a little extra olive oil. When the onion has softened add in some frozen garlic and sauté a little.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?
  • Then rub the dried seasonings into your shin and then place everything else into the slow cooker and mix.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?
  • Once mixed place the beef shin over the liquid so that its partly submerged.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?
  • Allow the beef shin to cool and then slice.
    How Long To Cook Beef Shin In Slow Cooker?


Brown. We have a slow cooker that allows us to use it on the stovetop. Which is perfect for browning the meat first. If yours doesn’t do this, then you can simply skip this step.
Stock. For the beef stock I recommend using your own or using up some leftovers. I had made some slow cooker sausages in onion gravy and used some of the onion gravy as my stock.
Thanks for reading our shin of beef slow cooker recipe on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more slow cooker roast recipes, do check out our slow cooker gammon in water recipe next.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 1209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 7mg
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  1. 5 stars
    In my eyes the only way to cook a beef shin. It was delicious and so soft and tender, your recipe really helped me understand the slow cooker and what to cook in it.