Crockpot Chuck Roast + Video

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Crockpot chuck roast is the best Sunday dinner of tender, juicy, mouthwatering beef! Make our pot roast recipe in a slow cooker or a Dutch oven – it only takes 5 minutes to prep this family favorite meal!!

crockpot chuck roast in a serving dish

Cooking dinner in the crockpot allows you to get a start on dinner without being at home. It’s a wonderful timesaver on the busiest days of your week.

Crockpot Chuck Roast

Pot roast is a favorite for Sunday dinners because it only requires 5 minutes of prep – you’re free to spend the day any way you’d like. When you get home, you’ll have the most tender, mouthwatering juicy beef roast waiting for you!!

If you want to try a few more recipes for cooking chuck roast, you can try these.

I love chuck roast in the slow cooker like our Chipotle’s Famous Barbacoa and Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches.

chuck roast slow cooker recipe ingredients


Tips for the Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This chuck roast slow cooker recipe is one of my favorites. It comes out perfectly every time I make it. But, here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get the best results.

  • To allow enough room for a large cut of beef, use a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker. When I make this Crockpot chuck roast recipe, I use a 6-quart oval slow cooker.
  • Although it does require a few extra minutes and an extra pot to wash, searing the meat seals in the juices.

    That being said, you do not have to brown the meat first.
    If you are short on time or don’t want the extra mess, just place the raw beef right into the slow cooker.

  • You can cook onions, potatoes, and carrots with the beef if you would like to. We didn’t include them in this chuck roast crock pot recipe because we want to keep it low carb and keto-friendly.
  • You will know the meat is ready to eat when it becomes fork-tender and is easy to pull apart. If your pot roast is tough, it needs to cook a while longer.
  • Be sure to allow the roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before you slice it. This allows the juices to redistribute into the meat. If you slice it too soon, all of the juices will run out. As a result, your roast may be too dry.
pot roast crockpot recipe searing in dutch oven

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Crock Pot Chuck Roast FAQ

What size slow cooker should I use? 

To allow enough room for a large cut of beef, use a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker. When I make the beef pot roast Crockpot recipe, I use a 6-quart oval slow cooker.

Which is better? Beef pot roast crock pot or Dutch oven style?

Dutch Oven

There aren’t many meals with an aroma as wonderful as a Dutch oven pot roast as it’s cooking.

Because the meat has to cook for a long time (7 hours!), it is definitely a labor of love.

Also, in addition to the long cook time, making a Dutch oven pot roast on the stovetop requires some extra clean up.

As a result, it’s a meal that most of us don’t enjoy making too often.
But the magic of a slow cooker will change all of that!

Slow Cooker

A pot roast Crockpot recipe is much easier to prep, and it requires less time to cook, too.

Crockpot pot roast only takes 5 to 10 minutes to prep, and just over 4 hours to cook.

To save even more time, you can use a slow cooker liner. As a result, cleaning up after the meal will be a snap!

chuck roast slow cooker recipe into crockpot

What cut of beef is best for pot roast?

Because of the low and slow cook time, the best cuts of beef to use in this Crockpot chuck roast recipe are those with a good percentage of fat.

Form an image in your mind for a minute, of a steer or heifer walking through a field.

As they walk, they use the muscles in their front and hindquarters to help them balance their body. They use their shoulder muscles to hold themselves up.

As a result, the meat around those muscles has a lot of fibrous tissue and fat (marbling).

The fibers in those cuts of beef require a long time to break down, making those cuts perfect to use in a recipe for pot roast!

We use boneless chuck roast for this recipe. The chuck cuts come from the shoulder of the animal, and they are available both bone-in as well as boneless.

crockpot chuck roast finished cooking

Do you have to brown a roast before putting it in the crockpot?

Although it does require a few extra minutes and an extra pot to wash, searing the meat seals in the juices.

That being said, you do not have to brown the meat first. If you are short on time or don’t want the extra mess, just place the raw beef right into the slow cooker.

Can you cook vegetables with pot roast?

You can cook onions, potatoes, and carrots with the beef if you would like to. We didn’t include them in this chuck roast crock pot recipe because we want to keep it low carb and keto-friendly.

crockpot chuck roast shred with forks

Why is my pot roast tough?

You will know the meat is ready to eat when it becomes fork-tender and is easy to pull apart. If your pot roast is tough, it needs to cook a while longer.

Be sure to allow the roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before you slice it. This allows the juices to redistribute into the meat.

If you slice it too soon, all of the juices will run out. As a result, your roast may be too dry.

ladle of beef au jus over chuck roast

How do you make gravy?

Some people prefer to serve pot roast with au jus, which is just the cooking juices that are strained to remove any meat or fat solids.

If you want to make gravy from the juices, it is incredibly easy. Again, to keep the chuck pot roast recipe keto, do not use flour to make the gravy. Instead, you’ll need to use a low carb thickener known as xanthan gum.

To make pan gravy: 

If desired, use a strainer to separate any solids from the cooking juices.
Sprinkle the xanthan gum over the hot au jus and stir to combine.
Continue stirring for a couple of minutes, until a rich, thick gravy forms.

What should I serve with pot roast? 

Some favorite side dishes to serve with my Crockpot chuck roast are:

Enjoy!

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crock pot pot roast on serving dish with fresh parsley

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this recipe!

Crockpot Chuck Roast + Video

Donna Elick
Crockpot Chuck Roast is Sunday dinner at its best! This recipe for perfectly tender crockpot pot roast can also be made on the stove top!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 25 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 12

Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional
  • chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley, for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the roast in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Remove any hard fat. Season both sides of the roast with the salt and pepper.
  • Warm a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil to the pot and sear both sides of the roast, about 3-5 minutes per side. Add bay leaves to your slow cooker. I like to use a 6-quart oval for this recipe.
  • Remove the roast from the pot and place it on top of your bay leaves in your slow cooker. Pour the balsamic vinegar, beef stock, rosemary, garlic powder, and onion powder into the pot. Bring to a boil. Stir occasionally, using a wooden spatula to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the liquid comes to a boil, pour into the slow cooker over the roast. Cover. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours (until the roast is pull-apart tender) or 6-8 hours on low. When it is done the meat will pull apart with barely any effort. If you have to put muscle into it, let it cook another hour.
  • Remove the bay leaves. Use 2 forks to break the roast into chunks. Remove any large pieces of fat.
  • If you prefer to serve your roast in an au jus, it is ready to serve as is. To turn the au jus into a gravy, sprinkle the xanthan gum over the roast and stir to combine. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

You can skip searing the meat in the Dutch oven and simply place all of the ingredients (except xanthan gum and parsley) in the slow cooker for cook time.
Stovetop method – reduce Dutch oven to simmer, cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours until the roast is pull-apart tender.
You can substitute the balsamic vinegar with red wine for a great twist on this recipe.
Add fresh onions, carrots, and potatoes as desired (obviously, it will no longer be keto) and cook on low in slow cooker for 7-8 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 237cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 758mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2020, updated and republished August 2020

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15 Comments

    1. I made mine in my instant pot! I used the Sear function to brown the meat and then poured all the ingredients in over the roast. Then I switched to Slow Cook function.

    1. Click on the words “Beef Stock” where she talks about things being her favorites. It’s a link to Amazon.

  1. My wife sent me a link for this so I'm guessing she wanted to try it. Its preped and in the slow cooker now. Smells good already. I'll let you know how she likes it.

  2. Made this for dinner last side with a side of roasted brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. Delish! A keeper recipe!

  3. I made mine in a crockpot, on high temp, 3.5lb chuck roast, took 4.5hrs, Absolutely delicious and easy to make, Thank You!

  4. WOW! I just made this tonight. First time ever making a chuck roast. Mine was just over 3 1/2 lbs and I cooked it for 4 hours and 15 minutes. It was amazing!! Omg my husband was blown away. Delicious, tender, easy to make! I also made mashed potatoes as a side. Which I also made in a slow cooker. Dueling slow cookers tonight! Phenomenal!

  5. Hi… I'm slow cooking a 2.47 lb pot roast now .. Can I cook on High for 2 hours and turn it down to low for the next 2 1/2 hrs to be ready?

  6. The biggest cut I could find was 1.5 lbs. I bought 2 of them. I have the 6 qt pot the recipe calls for but 1 pc covers the entire bottom. Can I stack 1 pc on top of the other in the crock pot and cook them that way? Will it still cook right or won't that work?

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