Perfectly Simple Pot Roast

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

 

Isn’t it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff? With busy schedules that adults tend to have simple but delicious recipes like this Perfectly Simple Pot Roast come in very handy. Beef chuck on it’s own is a pretty flavorful cut of meat, that is if you know the proper way to cook it. Crock Pot or slow and low cooking is the only way to go when it comes to beef chuck.

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

I filled my Crock Pot with all the ingredients in it, set it for 7 hours and when I came back home I found the meat cooked to perfection ready for whatever side dish I wanted. I went with mashed potatoes and green beans, because really, what goes better than potatoes and green beans with Pot Roast?

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

If you’re not the type that likes the aroma of food permeating your house, you can set the Crock Pot outside (I set it out on my balcony).

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

Oh and the gravy! Smooth, silky and delicious beyond what I can describe! Easy too!
If there’s one reason why you should own a Crock Pot, it’s probably this Perfectly Simple Pot Roast and gravy!

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast


For the roast:

4 lb – chuck roast
1 cup – carrots (baby carrots or 2 regular peeled carrots cut into 1 inch chunks)
1 – large onion, cut into 8 pieces
1 – head garlic, peeled
2 cups – water or broth
2 tsp – kosher salt
1 tsp  – ground black pepper
1 tsp – garlic powder
1 tsp – pickling spice

For Gravy:
2 Tbsp – unsalted butter
4 Tbsp – flour
leftover liquid from pot roast

Preparation:
Combine water, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and pickling spice and stir until salt is dissolved. If you desire, brown all sides of the roast on a super hot skillet with a tablespoon oil. Otherwise, place the meat into the crock pot as is, surround by carrots, onions and garlic, then pour the water with the spices on top. Close with lid and set it on “high” for 7 hours.

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

After 7 hours, skim the fat with a spoon (or do this after you have removed the meat and drained the liquid through a sieve)
Remove the meat to a separate dish and keep warm.
Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

Set a sieve over a bowl. Pour the remaining liquid and veggies through the sieve. Discard the solids and hold on to the liquid.
Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat, then add the flour and cook it for a several minutes until it’s golden in color, all the while stirring to prevent it from burning. Slowly pour in the liquid and keep stirring with a whisk until the gravy is slightly thickened.
Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

Now shred the meat with two forks into small pieces. You can serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, another grain or pasta, and pour some gravy on top.
Alternatively, you can slice the roast and serve it by slices, pouring the gravy over it.
Perfectly Simple Pot Roast - Isn't it awesome that you can cook something like the picture above all while you’re at work, or out doing stuff?

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast

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Ingredients

For the roast:

  • 4 lb – chuck roast
  • 1 cup - carrots (baby carrots or 2 regular peeled carrots cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 - large onion, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 – head garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups – water or broth
  • 2 tsp – kosher salt
  • 1 tsp - ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp – garlic powder
  • 1 tsp - pickling spice

For Gravy:

  • 2 Tbsp – unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp – flour
  • leftover liquid from pot roast

Instructions

  1. Combine water, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and pickling spice and stir until salt is dissolved. If you desire, brown all sides of the roast on a super hot skillet with a tablespoon oil. Otherwise, place the meat into the crock pot as is, surround by carrots, onions and garlic, then pour the water with the spices on top. Close with lid and set it on “high” for 7 hours.
  2. After 7 hours, skim the fat with a spoon (or do this after you have removed the meat and drained the liquid through a sieve)
  3. Remove the meat to a separate dish and keep warm.
  4. Set a sieve over a bowl. Pour the remaining liquid and veggies through the sieve. Discard the solids and hold on to the liquid.
  5. In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat, then add the flour and cook it for a several minutes until it’s golden in color, all the while stirring to prevent it from burning. Slowly pour in the liquid and keep stirring with a whisk until the gravy is slightly thickened.
  6. Now shred the meat with two forks into small pieces. You can serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, another grain or pasta, and pour some gravy on top.
  7. Alternatively, you can slice the roast and serve it by slices, pouring the gravy over it.

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  • Marianna

    Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!! One question what brand of crock pot do u recommend/use? I don’t own one but would really love to!

    Thank you for your time!!!

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    • Hi Marianna,
      I use Crock Pot (brand) and since I have only used this one I can not say if it’s better or worse than others, but it does the job 🙂

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      • Marianna

        Ok thank for your tip this helps me narrow it down a little!!

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  • I love making pot roast recipes. I will try this one too. Thanks for sharing your recipes and nice pictures you take. 🙂

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    • Thanks for commenting Valya!

      By the way, if you want your website name to be clickable when you post comments, then type http://valyastasteofhome.com, instead of http://Valya'sTasteofHome (without the appostrophe, and with .com in the end :))

      I edited that info in this comment so you can click on your name and it will take your to your website. Before though, it would say the link is broken 🙂

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  • I appreciate that Marina. I’m a new blogger and need those advises. Thanks so much! Let’s give it a try….

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  • Kristina

    I don’t own a crock pot. Is it possible to bake this pot roast in the oven? What temperature and for how long?

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    • Yes, just use a dutch oven or a baking dish, just put everything in. I would roast it at 350F, covered, for about 3 to 3.5 hours.

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  • Mayu

    I just started the crockpot, but realized now I only have 5.5 hours before I need to serve dinner. What should I do?

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    • In the future you can cook it in a regular pot on the stove and it will take around 3-4 hours, or roast it in the oven for about the same amount of time (3-4 hours) at 325F.

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  • Kim

    I made this tonight and it was perfect! I usually throw all my carrots,onions and potatos in with the roast to eat with it so this was extra work (I cooked fresh green beans and mashed potatos as you did) but delicious and can honestly say I don’t think I’ll go back. Making the gravy was an extra special touch too that I normally don’t do. Loved it!!

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    • Hi Kim! Thanks for such wonderful feedback!

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  • Barb

    I made this today for Christmas and it was stringy and chewy. Not sure what I did wrong as I followed the directions exactly.

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    • Hi Barb, sorry it didn’t go as planned… stringy and chewy sounds like it was just underdone, or it was wrong cut of meat. If the meat wasn’t the “chuck” cut then there was not enough fat within it to make it soft and fall apart tender, or if the slow cooker wasn’t set on “high” but instead was set to low, then it just needed more time to cook through. Do either of those sound like what could’ve happened?

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      • Couch Monologues

        Hi there,
        This was my first roast so I may have messed up but: My roast was 2.2 lbs so I cooked on low for the last few hours, but it still turned out a little dry. Would a shorter cook time still on high be the solution? As for the gravy, it was super sweet. Is that the pickling spice? I’ve never used it before, and while I didn’t notice it on the beef it was overpowering on the gravy. Thanks for any tips!

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        • If there was less meat, the rest of the ingredient amount should have been lessened as well. I think the overpowering sweet taste might’ve been the carrots not the pickling spice. 1 cup for a small roast might’ve been too much. I am not sure as you’re not giving me a lot of detail.
          As to the dryness of the roast – did you use ‘chuck’ beef? or round bottom roast? this recipe reccomends the chuck because it produces a softer more tender meat when cooked.

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  • Anais

    Hi. This looks delicious Just a question, since I live in Mexico I won’t be able to find the pikling spice… What’s exactly in it?? Thanks. Nice recipe and beautiful pictures

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  • Marina

    Marina! This roast is perfection! You get the Queen of Beef title from me!:)
    With all seriousness, I wasn’t expecting what I got from my slow cooker today. I have tried making several roasts in a slow cooker before, they were disappointing and went straight to the trash. Your roast was so good, my husband told me to make sure to keep this recipe under lock and key. I can’t wait to try your other beef dishes!
    Thank you so much for sharing, blessing to you and your family!

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    • I’m grinning from ear to ear 😀 I feel honored, Queen of Beef is awesome 😀 Thank you so much for your comment!

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