Easy Pot Roast - Fork tender slow cooked beef, with a rich, garlicky au-jus. Super easy dinner recipe full of savory flavor. The ultimate comfort food with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Make this tasty recipe when the thought of savory comfort food at the end of the day sounds good. After the pot roast has been in the oven for a while, the whole house will begin to fill with its wonderful aroma and your family will start wandering into the kitchen wondering what you're making.
Why This Recipe Works
The secret to this recipe ...is in Searing the Meat. Searing the meat produces all the flavors and aromas that you crave in beef by a chemical reaction called The Maillard Reaction. So for all the rich flavors and aromas, crank up the heat and get a good, dark sear on your beef.
"The Maillard reaction is many small, simultaneous chemical reactions that occur when proteins and sugars in and on your food are transformed by heat, producing new flavors, aromas, and colors."An Introduction to the Maillard Reaction: The Science of Browning, Aroma, and Flavor
Here's What You Need
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4-5 Pound Beef Chuck Roast (or Brisket)
- 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 2 Large Onions, cut each onion crosswise into 4 equally thick slices.
- 5 large Cloves of Garlic, smashed and peeled.
- 1 Quart Swanson Beef Broth, enough to almost cover the Chuck Roast.
- Optional: ¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
What Kind of Pot Should I Use?
The best kind of pot to use is one that is both stovetop and oven proof like a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. If you don't have one, two pots will work. You can use a frying pan to sear the meat on the stovetop, and a roasting pan for the oven. We love to use a disposable roasting pan and some foil to cover. They make cleanup so much easier!
How to Make It
- Season and Sear - Add oil to bottom of the pot, turn on the heat, and let it get hot. After the oil gets good and hot (shimmering), place the roast in the pot. You should hear it sear as it touches the oil in the pot. If you don't, take it out of the pan immediately and try again when the pan is hotter. After the meat has a good amount of brown sear on it, flip it over and sear the other side. I do this with two pairs of kitchen tongs.
- Add Onions - After there is good color on the second side, layer ½ inch slices of onion under the roast.
- Add Broth and Garlic - Add the beef broth. The broth should reach high enough up the roast to almost cover it. Approximately ¼ inch from the top of the roast. Then add whole cloves of peeled and crushed garlic.
- Slow Roast - Then, all you have to do is put the roast in the oven and let it do its thing for about 6 hours in a regular oven (4 hours in a convection oven). The roast is done when you can pull it apart with a fork and there is a lovely, dense, garlicky au-jus in the bottom of the pot.
Pro Tips for Perfect au Jus
Don't Open The Lid: Taking the lid off releases all of the steam contained in the pot causing an exponential increase in evaporation of the broth and juices that will become the au jus.
How to Check The Evaporation: Lift the covered pot from the oven and give it a slight left to right movement so you can feel the amount of au jus in the pot. There will be a big difference in the weight of the pot when you first set it in the oven when compared to when it is almost done cooking. You'll learn to "feel" when the roast is done. First timer? No worries. Just take the roast out at 6 hours and it will be delicious.
Cooking Method Variation: This Pot Roast Recipe will work with these other cooking methods:
- Convection Oven - Want to speed up the process? A convection oven will speed up the roasting time to approximately 4 hours.
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast - Going to be at work all day? Put a sear on the beef and transfer all the ingredients to a slow cooker on low and let the slow cooker work its magic all day. Have some delicious comfort food ready when you walk in the door!
- Instant Pot - Need dinner ready fast? Follow your Manufacturer's instructions and make this Easy Pot Roast Recipe in an Instant Pot.
Roast - a roast is meat that has been placed on a rack in a roasting pan in the oven so as to keep in out of any juices that are released from the cooking process.
Pot Roast - A pot roast is braised, or partially submerged in a broth while it cooks in the oven.
The best cut of meat for a pot roast is a fatty cut like Beef Chuck Roast or Beef Brisket. A fatty cut of beef brings the flavor and pull apart texture you'd expect from pot roast. A lean cut of beef will not pull apart with a fork.
A tough pot roast is usually the result of undercooking. For best results, keep the pot roast in the oven until it is fork tender.
You can, but I wouldn't. Carrots and Potatoes can be added before the pot roast is put in the oven, but not during the cooking process. Adding them during the cooking process will release the steam from the pot, increase the rate of evaporation of the cooking liquid, alter the cooking time, the quality of the au jus, and the flavor of the pot roast itself. Note that the carrots and potatoes will be mushy by the time the pot roast is finished, but still delicious.
We love to serve this with classic pot roast with mashed potatoes and its own garlicky au jus or a thicker gravy. Our favorite way to serve this delicious pot roast recipe is to pair it with a creamy mushroom risotto or with tortellini. So Delish!
It's as easy as that! We hope you enjoy our super simple, super tasty recipe for the very best Pot Roast every time! Try it and let us know how you like it. We'd love to hear from you!
xo ~ Seanna
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