Perfect Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast
Prep Time
15 min
6 servings

Beef roast is slowly cooked on the stovetop until it’s melt in your mouth tender.



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


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 275ºF.

Step 2

Generously salt and pepper the chuck roast.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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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