Slow Cooker Pot Roast with tender vegetables is juicy and flavorful – your entire meal is made right in your crockpot.
Crockpot Pot Roast
If you are searching for the best pot roast recipe in the slow cooker, you found it!
Fall apart tender with a savory broth to spoon over the meat and potatoes.
Prep your crockpot pot roast in the morning and come home after a day of work to a delicious dinner. This recipe is great to serve up any day of the week or for Sunday dinner.
Whenever I see beef roasts on sale, I always pick up a few. They are great for so many different recipes, but pot roast is always a hit.
This crockpot pot roast with gravy is a very hands-off recipe – just prep it in the morning and it’ll be ready for you after work.
Equipment you’ll need
- Slow Cooker – You’ll need at least a 4qt slow cooker for this recipe. I like one that switches over to WARM after the designated cooking time is up (because I’m often at work for longer than the cook time).
- Silicone Brush – To brush the seasoning paste onto the roast. I feel like silicone is easier to clean than a traditional brush.
- Meat Thermometer – To be safe, it’s best to check internal temperature of meat to make sure it has hit 160 degrees. Some slow cookers have them included.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Carrots and/or parsnips – Both have a sweetness to them, but a parsnip is almost spicy (like nutmeg).
- Onion – I use Vidalia here, they are sweet.
- Potatoes – I recommend Yukon Gold or red skins.
- Chuck Roast – You’ll want a 2.5-3lb roast.
- Garlic – Either freshly minced or the diced shortcut garlic packed in olive oil that I love.
- Cloves – Ground gloves.
- Nutmeg – Ground nutmeg.
- Thyme – Dried thyme.
- Ginger – Ground ginger.
- Salt & Pepper
- Tomato Paste
- Red Wine
- Beef Broth
Do You Have To Brown The Roast Before Putting In The Slow Cooker?
You will see many recipes sear the outside of a roast in a skillet before they place it in the slow cooker. Searing the meat helps add texture and flavor to your meat, but to me, it defeats the purpose of a slow cooker meal.
I like to make the WHOLE thing in the crockpot, not have steps beforehand.
I put a paste on the roast that helps add incredible flavor to this recipe, but if you want to add the step of searing your beef first, go for it.
Why Is My Pot Roast Tough?
If you follow this recipe, you will end up with a tender fall apart roast.
If your roast is tough, it needs to cook longer. I chose to cook in the slow cooker for 7-8 hours to ensure it ends up extra tender.
Always reach for a slow cooker recipe when it comes to roasts – low and slow is the way to go & you’ll love how it turns out every time.
How Long Does It Take To Cook A Roast In The Crockpot
You can cook on high for 4 hours or opt to do the low setting for 7-8 hours.
Like i mentioned above, low & slow will yield the best results, plus I’m at work for 9+ hours per day, so that works well for us.
How To Know When Pot Roast Is Done
The easiest way to tell when your roast is done is to stick a fork in and see if it is fork-tender. It will pull right off if you stick a fork in.
The other method is reaching for a thermometer to ensure it has the proper
internal temperature. Well done, roasts should reach 160 and above.
How Do You Thicken Gravy For A Pot Roast
To make a homemade gravy for your roast and vegetables. You will remove some of the liquid from the roast and then pour it into a saucepan. Then you will heat it up on the stove and add in flour to thicken it.
Or if you don’t want to use flour, you could also create a cornstarch slurry to mix in and thicken it that way.
If you want to make homemade gravy without using the drippings, this this brown gravy recipe.
Need more slow cooker recipes? Try these:
- Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken
- Crock Pot Lemon Chicken
- Crock Pot Roast Beef
- Slow Cooker Chicken Potatoes & Green Beans
- Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Potatoes