Slow Cooker Pot Roast

The local grocery store had chuck roast on sale this week, so I figured that was as good an excuse as any for me to make some pot roast. I decided that I wanted to make it in the slow cooker, so I could get it ready in the morning, and it would be waiting for us by dinner time. I asked around on WC, and received this recipe by Williams Sonoma by way of Telly’s Tasty Tidbits. I liked the overall flavors that would be included, but I made some adjustments, as I wanted the vegetables to be chunkier than the results of the original recipe would yield.

After about 3 hours the smell was amazing, and at 7 hours, not only did everything smell delicious, it was all perfectly done as well. The recipe says to take the meat out to rest before cutting, which I left in below in case you need this step, but I tried to pull the meat out, and it fell apart into big, juicy, flavorful chunks. We’ll definitely be making this again, and I’m already looking forward to the leftovers, which I think would be good as is, or even as a sandwich. Yum!


  • 1 yellow onion, halved, quartered, and halved again (16 “chunks”)
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 ½ lbs. red-skinned potatoes, halved and quartered
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock (or 1 ½ cups water + 1 tsp beef soup base)
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed and roughly chopped
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 beef rump roast, 3 to 4 lb.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Put the onion, carrots, potatoes, stock, tomato sauce, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, salt, & pepper in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Season the roast with salt and pepper. Put the flour in a large bowl, add the roast and toss to coat evenly.
  3. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until nearly smoking. Add the roast and brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Transfer the roast to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meat and arrange on a warmed platter. Remove the bay leaf and serve the vegetables and sauce alongside.

Serves 6 to 8.

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