Classic Pot Roast is a comforting dish and it’s surprisingly easy to make. All you need is time, heat, and quality chuck meat to create the perfect pot roast. Pull apart meat, silky brown gravy, tender vegetables and flavor that is out of this world. This will be your new favorite pot roast.
Pot roast is one of those meals that I could eat a lot of when I was a kid. I think it was the gravy and potatoes; I’m a sucker for potatoes and gravy. My mommy’s pot roast—yes I still call her mommy— used Lipton’s onion soup to add some flavor EVER. The other pot roast I loved was Sister Young who marinated hers on in cola. Both roasts were GOODT!
My version which Big P says is “the best roast I’ve ever made” calls on some of those flavors I remember with my own little twist on it to make the perfect pot roast.
best cuts of beef for classic pot roast
Alright, let’s dive into the world of pot roast secrets and it’s leading star: the beef! Tough, marbled beef cuts are the name of the game here. That marbled fat? It works its magic, making the meat super tender. Now there are three cuts generally used for pot roast so let’s do a quick overview.
- Chuck: Wallet-friendly and perfect for braising. Look for chuck roast, shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast, chuck shoulder pot roast, chuck seven-bone pot roast, or beef chuck arm.You’ll end up with meat so juicy, you can practically pull it apart effortlessly.
- Brisket: A flatter leaner cut than chick, braised brisket is where it’s at – tender and still easy to slice, it’s a flavor-packed winner.
- Round (Rump roast or bottom round): Now, round’s a bit leaner compared to chuck and brisket. But fear not, with precise cooking, you can unlock its juicy, flavorful potential and avoid any dryness.
So what do you use, Stef? In my opinion, the best cut of meat to use is the chuck roast which is ideal for braising which is what we’re doing with this recipe. While chuck roast is a tougher cut, it tends to have more marbling than the other cuts—you know that white fat that looks like marble and is full of flavor.n That marbling plus the slow cooking process ensures that you’re going to have a juicy tender roast.
layers of flavor: classic pot roast ingredients
Creating a perfect slow cooking pot roast starts with the right ingredients. Here’s what you need to make this deliciousness:
- Olive oil
- All-purpose flour
- Onion- yellow or white, you choose
- Bell Pepper
- Beef broth
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Brown Sugar- I know it sounds weird but trust me this adds a little sumthin’ sumthin’
- Carrots- you can do a rough chop on your carrots or if you can find some small-ish rainbow carrots like in my pics, scrub them good and throw them in whole.
- Celery- we just don’t give celery enough love and I think it’s wonderful
- Green Onions- Because why not?
- Potatoes- I like using Yukon Gold potatoes—scrub them good and leave the skin on—because they hold their shape and hsve a butteriness to them. You can also use baby potatoes or red potatoes. If you use russet, I suggest peeling them first.
slow dance: how to cook a pot roast
This big hunk of meat seems intimidating but trust, nothing about making a homemade Yankee pot roast is hard. You can do this boo! The right equipment is important for an old-style pot roast so grab a heavy bottomed pot. I use a cast iron Dutch oven because it cooks meat evenly. Now here’s how to make this slow cook perfection:
- Season & Sear: Season your meat and dust with flour. In a heavy bottomed pan or Dutch oven heat oil and sear the meat on all sides. This step locks in the juices and creates a beautiful crust.
- Aromatics Galore: Remove meat from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, sauté your onions and bell pepper until they’re caramelized and aromatic. Toss in those garlic cloves and fresh herbs. Your kitchen will smell like a gourmet haven.
- Slow Dance Magic: Deglaze the pan with your beef broth and place your seared meat on top of the veggies, place in oven, and let it all simmer together. After the roast has been cooking for a couple hours add carrots and potatoes and place back in oven for at least another hour to 1.5 to 2 hours until the flavors will meld into perfection.
- Dutch oven with a lid
- Sharp knife
- Tongs are great for when you’re browning your roast.
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This classic slow cook pot roast recipe embodies warmth and satisfaction. It’s not just easy; it’s a celebration waiting to happen. Gather your loved ones and dig in.! When you try this perfect pot roast be sure to let me know how you like it. Share a photo and tag me on Instagram using @savorandsage and #savorandsage so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!Print