Crock Pot Pho
This is a very easy recipe for crock pot (slow cooker) beef Pho. Total cook time depends how long you let it cook but it tastes best if you cook it for 8 – 10 hours in the slow cooker.
- 64 oz Beef Stock
- 1 lb. Beef bones
- 1 large yellow onion
- Fresh Ginger (1 – 2 inches)
- Fresh rice noodles
- Beef meatballs
- Thin sliced steak
- Pho spice pack
- Rock sugar (regular sugar will work just as well)
- Fish sauce
- Bean sprouts
- Thai Basil
- Hoisin Sauce
You can buy all the spices and put them in yourself if you don’t want to use spice pack but they are super convenient and are basically what you would do any ways. Most of this can be found at your local Asian market. I’ve added some images for the fresh noodles I usually use, the Pho spice pack and meat balls.
- Fill a pot with water and the beef bones and bring to a boil. After a few minutes you’ll see that the top of the water has a foam on it, once this has happened clean off the foam and dump the water. Take the beef bones out of the pot and place at the bottom of your slow cooker. This step just cleans the bones and will help make your broth clearer.
- Peel and cut the onion in half and peel the ginger and cut in half. Place both on a baking sheet and broil in the oven on high for about 10 minutes. Your cooking time will vary but we are trying to char both a bit to bring out more flavor. Once done place both in the bottom of your slow cooker with the beef bones.
- Pour all the beef stock into your slow cooker. I add some water as well (a cup or two) if the broth doesn’t fill up the slow cooker enough.
- I then place in a pack of the Pho spices.
- Cooking time for the Pho can really depend on when you put this on and when you want to eat but the longer it cooks the more flavor you’ll get. I tend to put it on for 8 – 10 hours on low.
1 – 2 hours before you eat:
- Add sugar and fish sauce to taste.
- Put in the beef meatballs if you have them and turn the temperature on the slow cooker to high.
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
- Slice the steak that you have as thin as possible if you didn’t have the store do this for you. It helps to put it in the freezer for a little if you are doing this by hand.
- Take a single serving of rice noodles at a time and drop them into the boiling water. If you are using fresh noodles they will only take 15 seconds or so to cook! If you are not using fresh noodles follow the directions on their packaging.
- Take noodles out of boiling water and place into your bowl.
- Take the raw thin cut steak and place on top of your noodles.
- Pour the Pho broth on top of the steak and noodles. Since you turned the slow cooker on high it should be hot enough to cook the raw steak as you pour it on the noodles.
- Top your Pho with bean sprouts, Thai basil, Hoisin, Sriracha, and lime to taste and enjoy!