Crock Pot Moose Roast With French Onion Gravy

Moose roast with french onion gravy
Thibeault's Table
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
539 Calories
10g Fat
18g Carbs
86g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 539
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 928mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 86g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 13mg 72%
Potassium 1104mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Moose is one of venison-lovers' favorite cuts of venison, and everyone should try it at least once. Its gamey flavor is less pronounced, and although the muscle is larger and denser than other venison, it's tender and tasty with slow cooking.

The roast is browned first, heightening its rich flavor; then it braises in the slow cooker with the beginnings of classic French onion soup. Put the moose roast in a crock pot in the morning, and by dinnertime, you'll have a tender cut of meat in a flavorful gravy.

Serve it with creamy mashed potatoes, carrots, and some homemade dinner rolls.


  • 1 (4-pound) moose roast

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups venison, or beef stock

  • 1/2 cup red wine

  • 2 medium bay leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Take the moose roast out of the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Liberally season the roast with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and brown the roast on all sides. Turn the roast with tongs, holding it against the skillet to ensure even browning. Transfer the roast to the slow cooker.

  4. Add butter to the skillet over medium heat. When it stops foaming, add the onions, and sprinkle the salt and sugar over them. Cover the skillet for 10 minutes so the onions begin to soften.

  5. Remove the cover, and cook, frequently stirring, until the onions caramelize to golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and mix well to coat them. Cook 2 more minutes as the flour browns, pour in the beef stock and red wine, and deglaze the skillet, stirring up any browned bits.

  7. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat, and cook for 2 minutes more. Carefully transfer the hot onions and gravy to the slow cooker, pouring it around and on top of the moose roast.

  8. Nestle the bay leaves in the gravy, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours until the meat is very tender. Check occasionally to make sure there is enough liquid, and add more beef stock if needed.

  9. When the moose is done, take it out of the slow cooker. Pour the onions and gravy into a large saucepan and heat to boiling. Lower to medium and allow the gravy to reduce and thicken.

  10. Slice the meat, spoon some of the onions and sauce over the sliced moose, and serve the remaining sauce on the side.

  11. Enjoy.

What Temperature Should a Moose Roast Be Cooked?

Moose roast is done when it reaches an internal temperature of at least 140 F. Keep an instant thermometer handy so you can double-check it. If you want it well-done, cook to 160 F.

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