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Perfectly Simple Pot Roast

This Perfectly Simple Pot Roast is the Best Crock Pot Roast Recipe! The Beef Chuck Roast is slow-cooked with vegetables, giving you the most amazingly soft and tender Pot Roast.

This Slow Cooker Pot Roast is served best with gravy, mashed potatoes, rice or even pasta.

Roast and juice in pot roast with a ladle.

The best part about this Slow Cooker Pot Roast is that the Crock Pot does all the work for you. As Chuck Roast is cooking and tenderizing at home, you can be at work, shopping, or doing anything else.

This Crock Pot Roast Recipe is simply the best!

With the busy schedules that many of us have, simple but delicious recipes like this Crock Pot Roast comes in very handy.

Chuck Roast on its own is a pretty flavorful cut of meat, that is if you know the proper way to cook it. Crock Pot or slow and low cooking is the only way to go when it comes to Chuck Roast.

Roast in a decorative plate shredded with two forks.

I filled my Slow Cooker with all the ingredients in it, set it for 7 hours and when I came back home I found the Chuck Roast cooked to perfection ready for whatever side dish I wanted. I went with mashed potatoes and green beans, because really, what goes better than potatoes and green beans with a Pot Roast?

If you’re not the type that likes the aroma of food permeating your house, you can set the Crock Pot outside (I set it out on my balcony).

Mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, and roast with gravy on a yellow decorative plate.

Oh and the gravy! Smooth, silky and delicious beyond what I can describe! Easy too!
If there’s one reason why you should own a Crock-Pot, it’s probably this Perfectly Simple Pot Roast and gravy! Enjoy!

Perfectly Simple Pot Roast


  • Chuck roast
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Pickling salt
  • Gravy:
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Liquid from pot roast

How to make Perfectly Simple Pot Roast:

  • In a small bowl, combine water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and pickling salt. Stir until salt is dissolved.
  • If desired, sear the Chuck Roast with 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet before placing into slow cooker.
  • Place meat into crockpot. Add carrots, onions, garlic, and water mixture. Close lid and set on “high” for 7 hours.

How to add roast, vegetables, and seasoned water into the pot.

How to drain vegetables and meat juice with a strainer and a bowl.

  • After 7 hours, remove meat and place into a separate dish and keep warm.
  • Set a sieve over a bowl. Pour the liquid and vegetables from crock pot through a sieve. Discard the solids and keep the liquid.

How to drain vegetables and meat juice with a strainer and a bowl.

  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, add the flour and cook for until the flour is a golden color, all while stirring to prevent burning.

How to melt butter and add flour in a saucepan and then add meat juice.

  • Slowly pour in the liquid and keep stirring with a whisk until mixture becomes thick.

Green beans with almonds and roast with gravy on a decorative white plate.

How do I serve the Chuck Roast?

You can shred the meat with two forks into small pieces. Alternatively, you can slice the roast and serve it by slices, pouring the gravy over it. This Slow Cooker Pot Roast is served best over mashed potatoes and gravy. Also great with a side of cucumber salad or creamy green beans.

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Perfectly Simple Pot Roast

5 from 4 votes

This Perfectly Simple Pot Roast is the best Crock Pot Roast Recipe! Chuck Roast slow cooked with vegetables, is super soft and tender.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, pot roast, slow cooker pot roast
Calories: 610 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 14 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


Ingredients for Perfectly Simple Pot Roast:

  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 1 cup carrots baby carrots or 2 regular peeled carrots cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large onion cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 head garlic peeled
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp  ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pickling spice

For Gravy:


  1. Combine 2 cups water, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp pickling spice and stir until salt is dissolved. 

    If you desire, brown all sides of the roast on a super hot skillet with a tablespoon oil. Otherwise, place the meat into the crockpot as is, surrounded by carrots, onions, and garlic, then pour the water with the spices on top. Close with the lid and set it on “high” for 7 hours.

  2. After 7 hours, skim the fat with a spoon (or do this after you have removed the meat and drained the liquid through a sieve)
  3. Remove the meat to a separate dish and keep warm.
  4. Set a sieve over a bowl. Pour the remaining liquid and veggies through the sieve. Discard the solids and hold on to the liquid.
  5. In a saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat, then add the 4 tbsp and cook it for several minutes until it’s golden in color, all the while stirring to prevent it from burning. Slowly pour in the liquid and keep stirring with a whisk until the gravy is slightly thickened.

  6. Now shred the meat with two forks into small pieces. You can serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, another grain or pasta, and pour some gravy on top.
  7. Alternatively, you can slice the roast and serve it by slices, pouring the gravy over it
Nutrition Facts
Perfectly Simple Pot Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 218mg73%
Sodium 1040mg45%
Potassium 1089mg31%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 3720IU74%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 6.7mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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  • Linda

    Hi Marina, I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have two questions. First question is about the head of garlic that is listed in the ingredients. The directions mention garlic powder, if I use garlic powder instead of the head of garlic, how much garlic powder do you reccomend? Second question is what size crock pot do you use when you make this recipe?
    Thank you for the recipe and any help with my questions you can give me. Linda

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    • Hi Linda,
      Thank you for your questions.
      This recipe doesn’t have a head of garlic in the ingredients. So go ahead and just use the 1 tsp of garlic powder like it lists in the recipe.

      You can use either the 6 or 8 qt slow cooker for this recipe.

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      • Linda

        Marina, I appreciate your help. Linda

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      • Erin Z

        Marina, there absolutely is a head of garlic in the ingredient list, plus garlic powder. Maybe there is an update that you wish to make?

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  • Marina

    Marina! This roast is perfection! You get the Queen of Beef title from me!:)
    With all seriousness, I wasn’t expecting what I got from my slow cooker today. I have tried making several roasts in a slow cooker before, they were disappointing and went straight to the trash. Your roast was so good, my husband told me to make sure to keep this recipe under lock and key. I can’t wait to try your other beef dishes!
    Thank you so much for sharing, blessing to you and your family!

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    • I’m grinning from ear to ear 😀 I feel honored, Queen of Beef is awesome 😀 Thank you so much for your comment!

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  • Anais

    Hi. This looks delicious Just a question, since I live in Mexico I won’t be able to find the pikling spice… What’s exactly in it?? Thanks. Nice recipe and beautiful pictures

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  • Barb

    I made this today for Christmas and it was stringy and chewy. Not sure what I did wrong as I followed the directions exactly.

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    • Hi Barb, sorry it didn’t go as planned… stringy and chewy sounds like it was just underdone, or it was wrong cut of meat. If the meat wasn’t the “chuck” cut then there was not enough fat within it to make it soft and fall apart tender, or if the slow cooker wasn’t set on “high” but instead was set to low, then it just needed more time to cook through. Do either of those sound like what could’ve happened?

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      • Couch Monologues

        Hi there,
        This was my first roast so I may have messed up but: My roast was 2.2 lbs so I cooked on low for the last few hours, but it still turned out a little dry. Would a shorter cook time still on high be the solution? As for the gravy, it was super sweet. Is that the pickling spice? I’ve never used it before, and while I didn’t notice it on the beef it was overpowering on the gravy. Thanks for any tips!

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        • If there was less meat, the rest of the ingredient amount should have been lessened as well. I think the overpowering sweet taste might’ve been the carrots not the pickling spice. 1 cup for a small roast might’ve been too much. I am not sure as you’re not giving me a lot of detail.
          As to the dryness of the roast – did you use ‘chuck’ beef? or round bottom roast? this recipe reccomends the chuck because it produces a softer more tender meat when cooked.

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  • Kim

    I made this tonight and it was perfect! I usually throw all my carrots,onions and potatos in with the roast to eat with it so this was extra work (I cooked fresh green beans and mashed potatos as you did) but delicious and can honestly say I don’t think I’ll go back. Making the gravy was an extra special touch too that I normally don’t do. Loved it!!

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    • Hi Kim! Thanks for such wonderful feedback!

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  • Mayu

    I just started the crockpot, but realized now I only have 5.5 hours before I need to serve dinner. What should I do?

    · Reply
    • In the future you can cook it in a regular pot on the stove and it will take around 3-4 hours, or roast it in the oven for about the same amount of time (3-4 hours) at 325F.

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  • Kristina

    I don’t own a crock pot. Is it possible to bake this pot roast in the oven? What temperature and for how long?

    · Reply
    • Yes, just use a dutch oven or a baking dish, just put everything in. I would roast it at 350F, covered, for about 3 to 3.5 hours.

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  • Valya @ says

    I appreciate that Marina. I’m a new blogger and need those advises. Thanks so much! Let’s give it a try….

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  • Valya of says

    I love making pot roast recipes. I will try this one too. Thanks for sharing your recipes and nice pictures you take. 🙂

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    • Thanks for commenting Valya!

      By the way, if you want your website name to be clickable when you post comments, then type, instead of http://Valya'sTasteofHome (without the appostrophe, and with .com in the end :))

      I edited that info in this comment so you can click on your name and it will take your to your website. Before though, it would say the link is broken 🙂

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  • Marianna

    Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!! One question what brand of crock pot do u recommend/use? I don’t own one but would really love to!

    Thank you for your time!!!

    · Reply
    • Hi Marianna,
      I use Crock Pot (brand) and since I have only used this one I can not say if it’s better or worse than others, but it does the job 🙂

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      • Marianna

        Ok thank for your tip this helps me narrow it down a little!!

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