Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast Recipe -
Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast Recipe
38 Photos
Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
Come home to a delicious slow-cooked pot roast dinner. See more
  • READY IN ABOUT 7 hrs

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Recipe by  

"The real secret here is making sure you sear the meat before the long, slow braising."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 8 Servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 30 mins

    6 hrs 50 mins


  1. Generously season both sides of roast with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the top until well coated, and pat it into the meat. Shake off any excess.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the roast on both sides for 5-6 minutes each, until well browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in mushrooms and butter; cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in onion; cook for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add garlic, stir for about a minute.
  5. Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons flour; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, and cook for another minute.
  6. Slowly add chicken stock, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Remove skillet from the heat.
  7. Place carrots and celery in the slow cooker. Place roast over the vegetables and pour in any accumulated juices. Add rosemary and thyme.
  8. Pour onion and mushroom mixture over the top of the roast. Cover slow cooker, turn to high and cook the roast for 5-6 hours, until the meat is fork tender.
  9. Skim off any fat from the surface and remove the bones. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Serving Suggestion:
  • Serve with mashed potatoes.
  • Cook's Note:
  • Look for a 7-bone beef pot roast.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2012

I loved this. I followed it to a tee with the exception of using a boneless 2 pound roast (I'm a one person family). I used the other ingredients at their original volumes though and it made an absolutely awesome mushroom gravy. I served it over egg noodles. The leftovers were even better! The house smelled amazing while it cooked. True comfort food and a keeper recipe. Thanks, Chef John!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 16, 2012

Okay for the most part. "Pot Roast" is not a specific cut of meat, but with many cuts used (certainly the chuck roasts populr in the US) this is likely to come out overly fatty. The flour is not necessary- use a nonstick pan to brown the meat. If you want to use flour to thicken the liquid, it should be added near the end- long cooking will destroy most of it's thickening ability.. I have no idea what the food industry has against beef stock, but it's a better choice here (and many other places) than chicken.

Aug 03, 2012

This is almost identical to the recipe I have used to cook pot roast for quite some time except I do mine in the same Dutch Oven I use to sear the roast and then put into the oven at 250 degree for 4 hours or even longer. I do have 2 quibbles with his recipe however: 1) I normally use a 50/50 ratio of beef broth & dry red wine and 2) In those circumstances dried herbs will work at least as well and be far less expensive.

Mar 28, 2012

This is an excellent recipe. I didn't have time to brown the meat ahead of time, so I just put everything in the slow cooker for 10 hours and it tasted fabulous. Will definitely make again.

Aug 28, 2012

I'm a fairly proficient slow cooker user and have made many a pot roast in mine. I have to say this recipe went so far beyond my expectations as to be astounding. The true center of this recipe is the braising of the beef. I went beyond my usual Carmel color and went ahead to an almost blacked meat. The reward was some of the most beautiful sauce I've ever had in a pot roast. About 1/2 an hour before completion I added several quartered potatoes just because and the sauce made them the other star of this great meal. I've used several of your recipes over the past year or so but really wanted to provide comment on this one as one of your finest. Good old fashioned America cooking on steroids! Thanks for all you do Chef John.

Apr 06, 2012

This was the best recipe i have found so far. I have been trying for so long to make a tender roast and end up with something quite similar to a brick... In this recipe I put the crockpot on low instead and used chuck roast with a lot of marbling and it was amazing! Thank you Chef John!

Apr 16, 2012

Someone mentioned about not tasting the fresh herbs. fresh herbs should be put in towards the end of the cooking time, otherwise they lose their intense flavor. Maybe more should be added towards the end.

Apr 07, 2012

Great dinner and leftovers make a great stew for later on. I make one addition. I add two tablespoons of Sweet Vermouth.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 777 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 198 mg
  • 66%
  • Fat
  • 57.3 g
  • 88%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 54.5 g
  • 109%
  • Sodium
  • 519 mg
  • 21%

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

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Come home to a delicious slow-cooked pot roast dinner.

Slow Cooker Red Curry Beef Pot Roast

See how to make a red curry pot roast in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

See how to make a tasty pot roast with just five ingredients.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States