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Slow Cooker Flank Steak

  • Author: Jodi
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 (1 oz) packet ranch seasoning mix (3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Pour the 1/3 cup water into the bottom of your slow cooker (5 to 6 quart size).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, ranch mix, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Rub a couple tablespoons of the spice mixture onto both sides of the steak to fully coat it.
  4. Place the steak into the slow cooker and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle on remaining spice rub (yes, use all of it!).
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours, or until it shreds easily.
  6. Remove steak from the crockpot and use two forks to shred it against the grain. It will  basically shred as you cut it. I like to then take my kitchen scissors and cut any long strips into smaller pieces.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice; put on a bun for sandwiches; use for tacos or quesadillas.


  • If  you don’t have dark brown sugar, go ahead and use light. Dark brown sugar gives it a deeper color and a slightly deeper caramel taste. I do prefer it with dark, but have used light in a pinch.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours