Perfectly Simple Pot Roast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 4 mins
Total Time
1 hr 14 mins

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

Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, pot roast, slow cooker pot roast
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 610 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
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:
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • leftover liquid from pot roast
  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.