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Simple Beef Pot Roast Recipe
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Simple Beef Pot Roast
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Simple Beef Pot Roast

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"This pot roast recipe and technique could not be easier. The vegetables break down, combining with the meat's juices to create a sauce! Warm, hearty, and delicious! Serve over horseradish mashed potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 15 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. Pour vegetable oil into a large oven-safe pot over medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides in the hot oil, and transfer to a plate.
  3. Stir carrots, celery, and onion into the pot, and cook and stir until vegetables start to release their juices, about 3 minutes; loosen any brown flavor bits on the bottom of the pot. Add butter, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Then sprinkle in rosemary, stir the vegetables, and return the roast to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven until the chuck roast is tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Season vegetables with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 12, 2013

After browsing reviews I decided to write my own because I have been seeing a lot of comments regarding the 'doneness' of the roast. I think many people are perhaps not understanding that pot roast is pot roast. It is not roast beef, it doesn't get cooked med rare, or med, etc. It gets cooked until it is sooo cooked that it falls apart. Roast beef is cooked to one's taste as rare, med rare, med. It is then sliced & usually served with au jus. Pot roast is pot roast, roast beef is roast beef, they are two different entities, period. Also, adding cups of beef stock and red wine to cover the roast is simply boiling the meat. If that's the way one decides to cook it, one prob shouldn't even bother with a mirepoix or browning the roast, etc. That said, I LOVE the simplicity of this recipe. Delicious, tender and easy to prepare. Yum.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2012

roast had a good flavor but was definately overcooked for my liking (non of it was rare or even medium rare, I'd say all was medium to well done). I only cooked it for 2.5 hours and the roast was 3.6 pds. If it tried it again, I'd cook it less or maybe even at a lower temperature

Jan 10, 2012

Excellent! A crock pot pot roast afficiando, this was my first attempt at an actual oven baked pot roast. I'm used to using quite a bit of liquid, so I wasn't too sure about this. Delicious!!!! I made a couple of minor adjustments...seasoned the meat with seasoning salt and Monterey Steak for flavor. Added sweet potato chunks and whole "new potatoes" to the veggies. (I had a 2 lb roast so there was plenty of room). Threw two whole cloves of garlic on top of the meat. The veggies melted together into the most sensational "mush", it was heavenly....the meat was juicy and tender. Definately deserves 5 stars!

Dec 10, 2011

This was simple and full of flavor. I didn't need any beef stock and the meat was just melt in your mouth! I have been looking for a good pot roast recipe for many, many years. Thank you soo much!! Looks like I found it!

Nov 07, 2011

So easy to make! I wasn't good at following the recipe as i added too much rosemary. I also couldn't figure out the meat as i am in New Zealand and we use different names but i used a cheapish meat. I don't think i could say it has heaps of flavour but a nice easy dish. I had it reheated the next day and i think it tasted even better! I had the leftovers with horseraddish and gravy which was lovely. I'm also going to make yorkshire puddings which i think will go well with this. I will deffinetly make this again, maybe with less rosemary! Loved being able to watch the video too, your drawings were awesome! :-) Thanks

Apr 22, 2012

Delicious! Super easy, stress free Sunday dinner. Everyone loved it. Followed the recipe pretty close except increased the servings to 9 (had a 5 pd roast) and used apprx 1 tsp fresh rosemary and 1 tsp fresh thyme. Also added baby new red potatoes and a few fingerlings about 1/2 hour before servings. Perfect. This will be my new go to pot roast recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 26, 2012

Made it exactly as Chef John instructed in his video 3 weeks in a row, once for family twice for company. Presentation and taste was a big hit. Many recipe requests. I was almost embarrased to say how easy it was to prepare! My kids give this one 5 1/2 Stars!

Apr 25, 2012

I added just a touch of beef broth to the bottom of the pan only because I was afraid of the vegetables burning on the bottom of the pan. I do not have a dutch oven, just a regular glass baking dish. What I did was assemble the vegetables on the bottom of the dish, laying the roast on top and then I covered the whole top of the dish with foil. After baking, I used the pan juices to make a small amount of pan gravy. This was good but I really missed the addition of garlic. When I make this again, I'll add garlic.


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  • Calories
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 141 mg
  • 47%
  • Fat
  • 39.2 g
  • 60%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 31.7 g
  • 63%
  • Sodium
  • 883 mg
  • 35%

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

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