This is truly the best recipe for Pot Roast! The beef is so tender, it falls apart as you spoon it out of the most delicious gravy. Cook the vegetables right in the gravy with or without the beef and infuse it with the same mouthwatering flavors as the beef.
Pot Roast is more of a name for the cooking method rather than the meat itself. It refers to a tough cut of meat that is cooked by braising with or without vegetables. Braising is a cooking technique where you start by searing meat on high heat and then slowly cook it in liquid at low temperature.
Using a pressure cooker for this dish will help you achieve the same tender meat result in a fraction of the time. In a slow cooker, pot roast takes about 8 hours to cook but in a pressure cooker, it takes less than 2 hours.
Cooking it in an Instant Pot results in the most tender beef and it’s the fastest cooking method. But, you can always use your trustee Slow Cooker and I have instruction for that below.
WHAT BEEF TO USE FOR POT ROAST:
Most commonly used cut of beef for the pot roast is beef chuck. It’s best to use tougher meats that are lean and have a lot of connective tissue because the cooking method transforms this tough cut into delicious, tender, meat that fall apart as you touch it.
Beef chuck roast: chuck is a large cut of beef that comes from the shoulder, neck, and some rib area. This cut is very lean and has a lot of connective tissue and muscle that gets exercised a lot. It’s a tough cut but very flavorful and perfect for braising.
Bottom round or rump roast: this cut comes from the rear area, towards the bottom. Bottom round is generally divided into rump roast and bottom round roast cuts. These two cuts are tougher than the top round and better to use in stews and slower cooking. Bottom round is quite flavorful though and would be my second choice for pot roast.
Brisket: this cut comes from chest area and is another lean and tough cut. it is essentially two muscles that overlap and you can buy a whole brisket or just the flat. Either way, slow cooking is the way to go with this meat. If using a brisket for pot roast, make sure to NOT pull cooked meat but slice against the grain instead.
TIPS FOR THE BEST POT ROAST
Let it rest: Take the meat out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking. Cold meat will seize when it hits high heat suddenly so for the best results, remember to let it warm up.
Season the meat generously: before searing the meat, season it generously with salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder mix. This will give the meat much more flavor and not just in the juices.
Sear, sear, sear: don’t skip this step! Searing the meat first adds even more flavor to the beef and it’s an important step in the braising process, which starts with introducing blast of high heat to the meat.
Add wine: I highly recommend adding wine to pot roast. It doesn’t just add a whole new level of flavor, it also adds acidity, which helps to break down the connective tissue in touch meats. (Other acidic additions include balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce/paste.) So unless you have prohibitive reasons for not using wine, I recommend that you add some.
What vegetables to use: classic vegetables include onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes. You can also add some leek, mushrooms, green beans, butternut squash, and other types of dense winter squash.
Cooking vegetables: there are two ways you can cook vegetables and that is with meat or without meat. In an Instant Pot, vegetables should be cooked at the end, after the meat is done, because they only take a few minutes. If cooking a large piece of meat, vegetables may not fit. So take the cooked beef out but leave all the broth in the pot. Cook vegetables in the broth as instructed. For a smaller piece of meat, you can add vegetables to the meat and cook together.
Using leftover broth/gravy: you’ve heard the saying that there is never too much gravy in the pot roast. That is because you can always find more uses for leftover broth/gravy. Use it to dip sandwiches, or mix with some pasta as a sauce. You can also use it on mashed potatoes with another meal.
HOW TO MAKE POT ROAST IN A SLOW COOKER
Prepare beef the same way by letting it rest and then season it generously on all sides.
Use a large cooking pan sear the meat on all the sides.
Combine ingredients for the broth mixture in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Bring this mixture to simmer in a sauce pot and take off heat.
Spread vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker and place seared beef on top. Pour in hot broth mixture, cover and cook on HIGH for about 6 hours or on LOW for 8-10 hours.
Discard bay leaves before serving.
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Instant Pot Pot Roast
- 3-5 lb beef chuck roast*
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 cup red wine
- 3 cups beef stock
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 6 cloves of garlic pressed
- 3-4 sprigs of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 long ribs of celery
- 1 lb carrots
- 1 yellow onion
- 1.5 lb baby gold potatoes
- 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp cold beef stock
- Take the beef out of the refrigerator and out of the package. Lay it out on a rimmed baking sheet or a large cutting board and let it rest for about 30 minutes to warm up. Cut it in half or in thirds, depending on the size.
- Combine seasoning in a small mixing bowl. Season the beef chunks generously on all the sides and leave the remaining of the seasoning for the broth mixture. (Depending on the side of meat, you will probably use 1/2 to 3/4 of the seasoning.)
- Preheat Instant Pot on "saute" setting and drizzle oil over the bottom and some up the sides. Sear the beef halves until golden-brown on all the sides.
Cooking Pot Roast:
- Combine all the ingredients for the broth mix in a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth.
- Take the beef out of the Instant Pot.
- Pour the broth mixture into the pot slowly while scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
- Let the broth mixture heat through and return beef to the pot.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and make sure it is latched. Turn the valve to "seal" and set the pot to cook on high pressure for 70-75 minutes. (Make sure to consult your pressure cooker manual for exact control specifications of your appliance.)
- Let it naturally release for 10 minutes and then carefully quick release the pressure.
- **Add vegetables into the pot, close the lid and make sure it's latched and valve is turned to "seal." Set to cook on high pressure for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of baby potatoes.
- Discard bay leaves before serving.
- If you want to thicken the broth and make gravy: take cooked meat and vegetables out of the pot right away. Turn on "saute" setting and stir cornstarch mixture together with hot broth in the Instant Pot until it thickens.
- *NOTE for cooking larger piece of beef: you can cook 5 to 5.5 lb beef chunk in a 6 quart Instant Pot since meat is cooked first without vegetables. You will need to cut larger size beef into 3 pieces and you may need to sear one of the pieces separately. **All the vegetables will not fit safely with large piece of beef so you will need to cook the vegetables in the broth without the beef. To do that: cook meat for 75-80 minutes, take cooked beef out of the pot and set it aside. Add vegetables to the pot with all the cooking broth remaining in the pot and cook as instructed, for about 8 minutes.
I am so happy you liked it! Yes, you can absolutely make this in a slow cooker. If you scroll up I have given instructions on exactly how to make it in the slow cooker!
My husband LOVED this!! Are you able to also do it in Crock-Pot/slow cooker? I work a later day shift and get home at dinner time and would love to set and forget!
Absolutely amazing recipe! I’ve tried so many pot roast recipes and this one is by far our favorite. Hubby wants it every day!
Wow! Thank you, Kelsey, for the sweet complement! I am so glad you liked it!
Too peppery and the vegetables were hard. Even cooked them for another 8 minutes and still hard. Next time I will steam them first.
Carol Mastin says
This had a real good flavor. I loved the suggestion to put the veggies in foil on top of the meat. I had an extra sweet potato so I made a sweet potato pouch too.
My roast was 2 and a half pounds. The recipe said 3-4 or pounds of chuck steak. It said 60 minutes, and I dropped it down to 45 the veggies were pretty over cooked. Next time I will drop it down for 30 minutes. Its easier to see it needs a few more minutes, and start it back up again, then over cook vegetables until they are soft enough to be baby food.
I will give this recipe another try – and cook it a short amount of time.
Carol M says
oops it looks like I left feedback on the wrong recipe. I think next time I will try this one instead of the one I used.
Karolyn Covione says
Tried many a recipes hands down the best recipe for pot roast
Thank you, Karolyn!
Lisa Gregory says
I am always up for an awesome potroast. I tweaked it a little. I did add the merlot as I always do, I added a large can of tomato sauce instead of paste , cut out the Worcestershire sauce and instead substituted Better Than Bouillon Base, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley along with the thyme and Bay leaf. I had fresh rosemary from my garden, and added 1/2 teas chopped fine. I used pearl onions instead of a large onion. Out of this world pot roast, so flavorful. I cut potatoes out of the pot, and instead made oven gold mashed potatoes and l poured the pot roast over the top. Amazing!! Did I just change your recipe?? nope… yours is awesome as is. I just tweaked it to my liking!. Thanks for the inspiration of deliciousness!!
Awesome, you were able to make it your own. I am glad you liked it.
Made this and it turned out SO AMAZING. The directions were so easy to follow. My family wants me to make it for Christmas Eve dinner. So excited!
Wow! Awesome! I am so glad you liked it!
What type of wine do you recommend ?
I like to use a dry red wine like a merlot or a cab, not a sweet wine.
Came out great thanks, wanted a good old fashioned pot roast in the Instant Pot. No soup mix, jarred gravy etc. Thanks!
You are so welcome, Amalia! I am glad you liked it!
For the nutritional facts is that for one serving? Or for the entire pot? How many grams is that
It was oddly sweet for using a dry wine. I will definitely not use a wine next time. And the veggies were not cooked all the way, or hardly at all, though I cooked for 10 minutes…. the meat was very tender and fell apart as I tired to take it out of the pot, hence the 4 start vs 3 (as I was debating). Though I was honestly disappointed in this meal. But next time I know NO wine. And at least 15 minutes on the veggies if not longer — the potatoes and even carrots were still partially raw.
You can definitely not use wine it is a personal preference, you can just use extra beef stock. As for the veggies I am very surprised they didn’t cook through because the pressure cooker cooks very fast, possibly the potatoes were too large did you use baby gold potatoes like the recipe stated? If you use bigger potatoes you can adjust the time accordingly.
Annette Kennedy says
Try a Merlot, much better! I found the same thing for the veggies 15-20 minutes.
Susan P says
I used your recipe to make Instant Pot pot roast and it was amazing. The meat was so moist and the vegetables cooked so fast and were tender. Thank you so much,. My husband told me I could make it every week, he loved it that much!
Awe, Thanks Susan! 😀