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Beef Budget Crock Pot Easy

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  277
  • Protein  30 g
  • Carbohydrates  16 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  86 mg
  • Sodium  149 mg
  • Potassium  424 mg
  • Phosphorus  286 mg
  • Calcium  16 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Low Potassium Potatoes

DaVita renal dietitian, Sara from California, knows her dialysis patients appreciate a delicious, kidney-friendly meal that's easy to prepare. That's why Sara is a big fan of the slow cooker. Her recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with Low Potassium Potatoes makes 10 portions, so you can even have it for lunch the next day after feeding the entire family.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created exclusively for DaVita.com by DaVita dietitian Sara, RD, CSR, CDE, from California.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 3 ounces beef, 1/3 cup potatoes, 1/4 cup gravy or broth


  • 2-1/2 pounds beef brisket, fat trimmed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated beef bouillon powder or granules
  • 12 ounces light beer
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cups potatoes


  1. Leach potatoes to reduce potassium content.  To leach: peel and cut each potato into 16 bite-sized pieces, place in a very large pot and add 1 to 2 gallons tap water, set aside and soak for 2 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. Place beef brisket in slow cooker. Combine all other ingredients except vegetables, and pour over brisket.
  3. Add onion, cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or cook on high for 4 to 5 hours until meat is tender enough to pull apart with a fork.
  4. Drain potatoes and add to slow cooker. Turn heat to high and cook covered an additional 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Soaking potatoes greatly reduces potassium content.
  • *As an alternative to soaking potatoes, cut into small pieces and boil in a large pot of water. Drain; stir potatoes into meat juices or top with gravy when serving brisket. This boiling method has been shown to reduce potassium similar to leaching if the potatoes are cut into small pieces.
  • Brisket may be replaced with any other pot roast.
  • 1 medium onion yields 1 cup chopped onion.
  • To make gravy with meat juices, add 2 tablespoons flour to 1/4-cup cold water.  Stir into slow cooker after removing meat and vegetables. Stir until gravy thickens.
  • 2-1/2 pounds raw brisket yields 2 pounds cooked brisket.
  • Recipe yields 4 cups broth.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Low Potassium Potatoes

scottiegirl says:


Wow, what a treat! Did not do the bouillion or potatoes to save on sodium & potassium counts.Didn't miss them. Used a little more garlic.

Oct. 31, 2011, 7:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Low Potassium Potatoes

TomJ says:


Really good. You will not miss the salt with so much flavor.

May. 22, 2011, 8:51 AM - Inappropriate review?

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Low Potassium Potatoes

laura says:


I enjoy this recipe.

Jun. 13, 2009, 10:09 AM - Inappropriate review?

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