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Perfect Pot Roast Recipe


Perfect Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast

Recipe and Photo: Diana Rattray

 This is truly the perfect beef pot roast, tender and delicious with or without the optional gravy. I add potatoes, but you could also leave them out or cook them separately.  


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8


  • 1 chuck pot roast, boneless, about 3 pounds*
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, peeled, quartered
  • 4 carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered 
  • For Gravy (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water



Heat the oven to 300° F.

Sprinkle the chuck roast with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat 2 tablespoons of the  vegetable oil or olive oil over medium-high heat in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the onions to the pot. Cook, stirring, until the onions are lightly browned. 

Add the carrots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove the carrots and onions. 

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and sear the roast, turning to brown all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total. Remove the roast to a plate and set aside.

 Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add the red wine and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring to scrape up browned bits, until wine is reduced by about 1/3. Add the beef broth to the pan and bring to a simmer. Add the onions and carrots back to the pot, along with the beef.

Cover tightly and roast in the 300 ° F oven for 2 hours. Add the potatoes and continue cooking for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are fork-tender and the roast is falling-apart-tender.

Optional Gravy
Combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir until smooth and blended. Strain and pour the meat juices into a saucepan (use a gravy separator to eliminate excess fats). Bring to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened.

*Cuts from the chuck are not only tender and delicious after long, slow cooking, they're economical. Here is a list of some of the best cuts for a pot roast.

  • 7-Bone Roast
  • Chuck Roast Center Cut
  • Chuck Arm
  • Shoulder Roast
  • Cross Rib Roast
  • Blade Roast
  • Bottom Round
  • Beef Brisket
  • Rump Roast

See Also

Favorite Pot Roast Recipes

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