How to Cook a Pot Roast

How to Cook a Pot Roast? – Ways to Cook that Succulent Pot Roast!

The weekend is approaching and it will be a well-spent one by celebrating it with a special meal. After a long week of work, every now and then, we crave for a festive dish. A warm, hearty, delicious dish that will remind you of your childhood home. Who will not feel relaxed with a warm cozy serving of a hot pot roast? It will bring you close to your home.

Some thought that learning how to cook a pot roast is intimidating. Little do they know that cooking pot roast is simple and easy even beginners will enjoy cooking this dish. A pot roast is a braised beef dish that browned to perfection then slow-cooked with some broth and vegetables. There are the easiest ways to cook that succulent, tender, and juicy pot roast. Stop feeling intimidated and start cooking this dish and see how surprisingly easy it is!

Classic Pot Roast

Nothing can ever beat the classics. When doing the classic the best cuts of beef to go along can be blade roast, cross rib or shoulder clod, seven-bone pot roast, arm, chuck, and boneless chuck. For classic pot roast, we will use oven-baked a chuck or any of your chosen meat. The following steps will help you achieve that tender juicy pot roast:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the meat tastier you need to season it with salt and pepper. Be generous on seasoning them since pot roast cuts are thick. They need to absorb the seasoning to have it tasty. Some people prepare their seasoned meat a day ahead before cooking it. That makes your meat absorb the amount of salt and pepper you put in. In case you will need to prepare the meat ahead of time, make sure to rest your meat to room temperature before browning it, cooling it to the room temperature allows your meat to be more tender.
  3. When browning, you only need to use a small amount of oil if you’re using a fatty part of the meat, otherwise, with pure flesh meat. You have to make sure that you evenly brown each side of the meat, this will make your meat flavorful.
  4. After browning, keep your meat on a plate. Meanwhile, on the pot where you browned your meat, sautee your white onion until it is tender.
  5. Pour in your beef broth, and give it a good stir. Then, add your meat back in the pot and add your cooking red wine, thyme, garlic, and bay leaf and bring it to simmer.
  6. Once simmering, cover the pot, turn off your stove and bring in your pot to baking at 350 degrees within 1 ½ hour. After 1 ½ hour, check your meat and add your carrots and potatoes, cover, and continue to bake for another 1 hour until everything is tender.

After 2 hours and ½ you now have a juicy pot roast from the oven. Garnish it with vegetables and thyme and enjoy eating it!

Stovetop Pot Roast

You don’t have the oven at home? No worries, because you can still cook the juiciest pot roast by using your pot and your stove. Try doing this stovetop pot roast.

  1. Just like with the classic pot roast, you have to season your meat with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large pot, pour in some amount of oil and heat it.
  3. On the medium heat, place your roast in the pot and evenly brown all sides.
  4. Once brown, place your meat on a plate.
  5. Use the pot you use for browning and add in your onion. Sautee it until translucent.
  6. Now add some beef broth to deglaze the brown remnants of your meat which will add savor to your roast.
  7. Add your meat at the center and make sure that broth covers the whole roast.
  8. Cover the lid and simmer the roast for 2 hours and 15 minutes at low medium heat. 
  9. After 2 hours and 15 minutes, open your pot’s lid, add your potato, carrots, and turnips.
  10. Once again cover the lid and let it simmer for another 30 minutes.
  11. After 30 minutes, open the lid and use a fork to see if the meat pulls apart. When it does, your pot roast is ready to serve!

You can adjust the taste of your roast with salt and pepper when served. You may also make your own delish gravy.

Pot Roast Recipe Instant Pot

Now, you wanted a tender pot roast to partner with your baguette but you don’t have the time to cook because of a busy schedule? Don’t sweat too hard, because a pot roast recipe in the instant pot is the best way to cook for you!

  1. As usual, season your meat.
  2. Set your instant pot into a high saute setting and brown your meat evenly on all sides and set it aside.
  3. In your instant pot, sautee onion and garlic.
  4. Add your broth and gently stir it to deglaze the browning.
  5. Place in your meat at the center, add in your cooking red wine, potatoes, carrots, thyme, rosemary and set it to cook for 45minutes. Then it’s ready to serve!

That’s quick and easy, right? Enjoy your yummy pot roast!


Making a succulent pot roast is not really hard. Learning how to cook a pot roast is simple and easy. You may choose classic best cuts of beef from blade roast, cross rib or shoulder clod, seven-bone pot roast, arm, chuck, and boneless chuck. There are 3 easiest ways to cook your pot roast and the easiest one is the third one. Using an instant pot is magic for your kitchen! You can enjoy such delicious meals instantly!

Seasoning your meat can make it tastier and tender. Browning your pot roast meat evenly seals in the juice inside your meat allowing it to become juicier and not dry. The sauce from boiling your pot roast is the best stock to use for your gravy to turn it gravylicious!

Are you now craving for a delicious pot roast? It’s best for sandwiches too. Let us know if you made one and share your experience at the comment below.

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