Perfect Pot Roast

I can’t believe how tender and good this pot roast was!  Every time I walked into the kitchen it smelled so good and it made my mouth water. Pair that with some apple butter cooking in the crock pot at the same time, and it smells like heaven. Two perfect things to make for a nice cool Fall day.

The only thing I wished I would have done was turn the liquid in the pot into a thicker gravy.  It still tasted good over the mashed potatoes and beef. Next time… I’m also going to add in some more onions and carrots. The onions and carrots practically melted in my mouth.  Thank you Pioneer Women for the perfect pot roast recipe ever! Too bad, I didn’t make the blackberry cobbler that went a long with this show.

I figured out the nutrition info for this since I thought it was pretty healthy and mostly protein. 55 grams of protein, that’s a lot and this was very filling.

Mmmm, look at all that brown food!

Serves 8

Calories 485 | Fat 24.72g | Carbohydrate 6.74g | Fiber 1.5g | Protein 55.43g

Ingredients from Ree Drummond

Salt and freshly ground black pepper
One 3 to 5-pound chuck roast
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 whole onions, peeled and halved
6 to 8 whole carrots, unpeeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup red wine, optional
3 cups beef broth
2 or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 or 3 sprigs fresh thyme


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Generously salt and pepper the chuck roast.

Heat the olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the halved onions to the pot, browning them on both sides. Remove the onions to a plate.

Throw the carrots into the same very hot pot and toss them around a bit until slightly browned, about a minute or so. Reserve the carrots with the onions.

If needed, add a bit more olive oil to the very hot pot. Place the meat in the pot and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove the roast to a plate.

With the burner still on high, use either red wine or beef broth (about 1 cup) to deglaze the pot, scraping the bottom with a whisk. Place the roast back into the pot and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway.

Add in the onions and the carrots, along with the fresh herbs.

Put the lid on, then roast for 3 hours for a 3-pound roast. For a 4 to 5-pound roast, plan on 4 hours. The roast is ready when it’s fall-apart tender.

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