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Cola Pot Roast II Recipe
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Cola Pot Roast II

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"The rich brown gravy this makes is wonderful, with just a slight hint of sweetness. Everyone asks for the recipe, and NO ONE ever guesses the secret ingredient...cola!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place meat in a roasting pan. Sprinkle carrots, celery and minced garlic around roast.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown gravy mix and water, mixing into a smooth paste. Add onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and cola-flavored carbonated beverage. Pour over the roast.
  4. Cover pan, and cook 1 hour in the preheated oven.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C), and continue cooking 2 hours. Remove from oven, and turn roast over so that the top is now covered with the gravy. Cover pan, and return to oven for a minimum of 2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven, and let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 26, 2003

I only gave this recipe 4 stars for several reasons. I loved the addition of the cola. And the recipe is very easy to make. It makes the house smell great! And it is TASTY! But… 1. This recipe does not serve 16 people; it serves 6-8. An experienced cook will know that, but a new bride preparing her first dinner party may not. 2. Three carrots to serve 6-8 people? I used a pound of baby carrots. I also added a medium sweet onion, quartered and separated. 3. The meat definitely needed a meat rub. I use Lysander’s™ All Natural Meat Rub. 4. To make the gravy, try using a can of Campbell’s™ Golden Mushroom Soup thinned with the drippings from the roast and use Gravy Master™ or Kitchen Bouquet™ to brown.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 10, 2011

I have made several pot roasts and this recipe made the meat VERY dry! The gravy mixture was excellent but the meat was too chewy.

Apr 13, 2007

BEER INSTEAD OF COLA. This a great recipe. I like to make it with a a bottle of beer instead of cola. Also add a good sized sweet onion quartered (or smaller if it is a large onion). Add four or five red potatoes, quartered, with skin on. Increase carrots to six. Dust with flour and salt and pepper and braise on hot stove with a little olive oil before putting in the pot. Cook in crock pot for four to five hours on high, or eight hours on low. Add more beer if not enough liquid.

Dec 06, 2003

Don't let the "cola" scare you away from this recipe. In the past, every single time I add coke to a meat recipe (usually pork) it comes out sooo tender, which was the case here as well. I used a pepsi, but I did pick up on the sweetness (I drink diet coke, so maybe that's why & I'm not a pepsi fan either) but my family RAVED about how good this was and didn't make mention of any sweetness so it was probably me. For ease I stuck this all in the crock pot on high for 4 hours. I also used cream of celery soup because that is all I had on hand & then added chopped mushrooms instead of the chopped celery. Thanks Sher, will use again, my family kept saying how good it was ;o)

Oct 02, 2004

I've made this several times, and we love it! I use Lipton's Beefy Onion soup mix and omit the gravy mix. I use the crock pot and add cornstarch about 20 minutes before the end if the gravy isn't thick enough. This is soooo delicious with mashed potatoes and "J.P's Big Daddy Biscuits" from this site. If there are leftovers I stir in a healthy dollop of sour cream and cooked mushrooms and serve over egg noodles for another meal. YUM!

Feb 09, 2004

This recipe is fantastic! Served to company tonight who said this was the "best meal ever." Served with mashed potatoes, asparagus, spinach/orange/radish/green onion salad, and garlic bread. As recommended, I inserted garlic slivers into meat before browning lean chuck roast for extra flavor; and added sliced baby portabella mushrooms, extra carrot and celery. I decreased recipe amount to serve six and, rather than adjusting soup, cola, and mixes, I used full can of soup, full package of gravy mix and onion soup mix, and a small bottle of Classic Coke. Gravy was superb and meat was fork tender and not stringy. Company asked for recipe which I gladly provided. Will definitely make again for family and company.

Dec 06, 2003

This was great. I fixed it in the slow cooker for 10 hours and used the whole pack of gravy mix. I also set it up the night before and let it set in the refrigerator to marinate. I don't normally like pot roast, but I will definitely make this again

Aug 12, 2003

Excellent in a slow cooker! I used the entire can of cola (12 oz.) and added ground cumin to the gravy mixture. I rubbed the roast with grilling spice and added chopped up potatoes in the slow cooker. I cooked it on high for 4 hours, then sliced the roast and placed it back into the slow cooker for 1 hour on low heat. It turned out moist and delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 423 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 121 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 23.3 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 38.8 g
  • 78%
  • Sodium
  • 736 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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