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ALL THE SECRETS TO PERFECT CROCKPOT POT ROAST

This is a recipe for the BEST and EASIEST Pot Roast, EVER!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: easy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pot Roast, Crock pot chuck roast
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

For the Pot Roast

  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 3-4 lb chuck roast - well marbled with fat
  • 1 packet of Au Jus
  • 1 packet of Ranch seasoning mix
  • 4 pepperoncini peppers
  • cup water
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 2 tsp minced garlic OR 1 head of garlic sliced in half like a book

For the Gravy

  • 2 Tbs Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp water

Instructions

For the Pot Roast

  • Sprinkle the surface of the chuck roast with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place the chuck roast into the bottom of a medium size crockpot.  Set the crockpot on low
  • Sprinkle the Au Jus, Ranch Seasoning over the top of the roast.
  • Place the pepperoncini peppers, water, bay leaves and minced garlic in the crockpot too.
  • Place the lid on securely.
  • Allow to cook on low for at least 8 hours. After 8 hours you may remove the lid and using a fork, see if the roast is tender.  If it is not falling apart (fork tender), place the lid back on and cook for another hour or more until it is fork tender and falling apart.
  • When falling apart, remove to a serving platter OR you may use a large slotted spoon to remove the meat from the crockpot directly onto plates.  Do not serve/eat the Bay leaves.  Some people really like to eat the peppers and the garlic cloves if you have used those. The juice left in the crock pot is used to make the gravy in the next step.

For the Gravy

    Mix the cornstarch and water together to form a slurry. The water must be cool and the pan juices hot.

    • Pour the cornstarch slurry slowing into the juices while whisking.  The liquid will thicken over the next few minutes.  Replace the meat back into the gravy and serve. 

    Video

    Notes

    • Make sure to use ONLY Chuck Roast for this recipe.
    • The pepperonccini peppers are optional, they don't really add heat, they add flavor and you won't be eating them anyway.
    • A Thyme bundle, like that shown in the photos makes a nice flavor with this pot roast as well. 
    • If you are using the bulk Ranch dressing, as in the video, use 3 Tablespoons. Otherwise, use a single packet.  
    PRO TIP:  If you LOVE carrots, potatoes and onions in your pot roast, simply Quarter and Onion, Cut your carrots into chunks and quarter some potatoes and add those to the crockpot 4 hours before you plan to serve dinner.  

    Nutrition

    Calories: 400kcal