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Slow Cooker Best Pot Roast Recipe

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In my experience a good best pot roast recipe is hard to find.  Look no more! Cook your roast all day in the slow cooker then make a tasty gravy on the stove top for the perfect pot roast recipe!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Pot roast is one of those dishes that has eluded me.  I have spent years searching for the perfect pot roast recipe to no avail. Pot roast was apparently just not my thing.

Crock Pot Roast

Then I ran across this Yankee pot roast recipe and it caught my attention because it was so different from any of the other recipes I’d tried. For me, pot roast needs a hearty delicious gravy and this recipe has just that.


Pot Roast with Gravy

You can put the biscuit layer on top or just skip it. My biscuits didn’t cook well so I think next time I’ll just bake them separately because I wanted something to mop up that yummy gravy!

I think you could skip the gravy, if you wanted, but I wouldn’t!  Watch the salt though if you use bouillon because it  is usually pretty salty on it’s own.

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

The Best Pot Roast Recipe for the Slow Cooker

Yield: 4-6

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe with Biscuit Topping

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 3-4 lb chuck roast
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 large carrots, cut into fourths
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups hot water with beef bouillon or 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 extra beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 7 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup homemade baking mix
  • 1/3 cup milk


Layer potatoes, onions and carrots in the bottom of the crock of a large slow cooker.
Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add about 1 Tablespoon olive oil.
Season chuck roast with salt and pepper.
Sear chuck roast on both sides - frying for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Just enough to brown, but not cook the roast.
Put the roast on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
Add wine to the hot frying pan and whisk to remove browned bits. Let cook for a few minutes.
Add beef broth, bouillon cube, water, and Worcestershire sauce to the frying pan. Whisk to combine and bring to a simmer.
Once simmering, add liquid to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Remove meat and vegetables from the slow cooker to a platter. Break roast in to large chunks.
Melt butter in a dutch oven or other oven proof pan.
Whisk in flour and continue to cook and whisk for 4 minutes.
Slowly ladle the juices from the slow cooker in to the flour mixture, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to ladle until all the liquid has been incorporated. Heat the gravy until thickened, if needed.
Add beef, potatoes and carrots in to the pot with gravy. You can serve the dish just like this or add a biscuit topping.
Optional: mix together baking mix and milk with a fork. Drop by spoonfuls over the gravy/meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


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  • Miranda
    April 5, 2016

    Hi there!

    So, I was in the middle of making this, and I realized that I didn’t know what to do with my beef bouillon cube. Does it go into the beef broth? I left it out for the time being, but it would be good to know in case I make it again.

    • Camille
      April 6, 2016

      Ah! I just updated the recipe. It goes in with the broth. 🙂 It just adds a little boost of flavor so it’s not entirely necessary.

  • Brandie (
    April 12, 2013

    Camille, this looks like a perfect Sunday dinner. I need your help on knowing what kind of roast to buy for this. Does the package say “chuck roast” or does it go by other names too? Do you want ones with some marbling/fat in them or does it not matter?

    Also, thank you for linking up to the last Weekend Kitchen Party…hope to see you this weekend too!

    • Camille
      April 13, 2013

      Any kind of cheap roast will work! I used chuck roast this time and I think that’s the most common type of roast for pot roast. But I’ve also used eye round roast before. The tougher the meat, the longer it will need to cook, though.

  • Miz Helen
    March 29, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    This looks like a Slow Cooker full of comfort and it looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Jessie
    March 28, 2013

    This looks amazing! Going on my recipe list for sure! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Pinned it too!

  • Andrea
    March 28, 2013

    Wow, this looks great! And you are right, a good pot roast recipe is hard to come by. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Semi Homemade 🙂