The Perfect Pot Roast

Learning how to make the perfect pot roast is not as hard as you may think, and is a family favorite that generations are sure to remember and fall in love with.

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Hi there amazing readers of the Rachel Cooks blog, Phi here! Time has absolutely flown since I last posted how to roast a chicken here on Rachel’s amazing blog. Have you seen her post on 11 Salad in a Jar Recipes she posted? Brilliant! And she even included my creamy Italian pasta salad in a jar (such an amazing pasta salad for lunches). Today we’re going to be talking about pot roasts which, for me, go hand-in-hand with Sunday dinners.

Sunday dinners, a time for families to gather around and come together before the chaos of the week starts. Did you have them growing up? Do you do them now? We definitely used to do them growing up, and to this day I have fond memories of the aromas wafting through the house in the afternoon as the pot roast was cooking.  Pot roast was always a staple at family dinners.

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Even if as a teenager I may have rolled my eyes at the sound of ‘dinner’s ready’ coming from the kitchen, I’m lucky enough to have experienced dinners where everyone sat around the table, and am even luckier to be able to carry on the tradition with my in-laws who host a Sunday dinner week after week (pot roast is still served on occasion!).

Now you’re thinking: Oh great, family dinner…what am I going to make that everyone will enjoy? The answer, my friends, is this perfect pot roast!

While there are many versions of pot roast out there, the one I always come back to is a super simple one that that has natural flavors of the meat and vegetables cooking and being accentuated by fresh herbs.

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Now I’m going to share with you tips and tricks for the perfect pot roast:

  • Clean your meat: Always remove the ‘silver skin’ or fat film that is on one side of the roast. Start in at one end of the roast and gently pull up the skin or fat that needs to be removed and nudge a knife towards the opposite end of the roast to remove it.
  • Pre-salt the meat: Pat the pot roast with salt and garlic salt, pre-salting brings out the flavors of the meat. Meat that is salted after cooking tastes like just that – meat that has been salted after cooking – it doesn’t bring out any of the complexities of a well-seasoned and browned roast.
  • Never use pepper on your pot roast: Pepper burns in the pan while browning, and no one wants a burnt pepper taste, right?
  • Never use a fork to poke into your pot roast: Always use tongs to flip your meat while browning, poking it with a fork causes meat juices to burst out.
  • Oil the meat, not the pan: You want to rub the roast with oil directly, not heat oil in the pan, this will help in creating an amazing crust when browning.
  • Brown your roast: Always brown your roast before adding the other ingredients, this will create that amazing roasted meat crust and flavor with succulent meat on the inside.
  • Use fresh herbs: They really marry together the flavors of the meat and vegetables.

Let’s make this roast! And I’d love to know, do you do family dinners?

The Perfect Pot Roast

Learning how to make the perfect pot roast is not as hard as you may think, and is a family favorite that generations are sure to remember and fall in love with.

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  • 2-5 pound chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus a little more for seasoning the vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a dash more for the cooking vegetables
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6-8 whole carrots, ends removed and cut into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, ends removed and cut into chunks
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. Remove silver skin on the roast – start at one end of the roast and make a little prick into the silver skin and then pick it up in a pinching motion and cut underneath it to remove it, push the blade of your knife away from you towards the other end of the meat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the salt, garlic salt and paprika. Using your hands, pat the salt mixture on the roast, if your entire roast isn’t covered, add a little more salt. Next spoon the olive oil over the salted roast and pat into it so that the whole roast is covered in olive oil.
  3. Place oiled/salted roast into a Dutch oven and sear it over high heat until it is brown on all sides (about 5 minutes). To brown the meat simply let it sit for a few minutes on each side, don’t constantly flip it. Only use tongs to flip your meat, don’t poke it with a fork.
  4. Remove browned roast from the Dutch oven and let it rest on a plate. In the now empty Dutch oven, add a dash of oil, and add the onion and cook until they start to become translucent, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes) then add in the garlic and stir, and then add in the carrots, parsnips and potatoes and a few dashes of salt. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables start to brown a little (about 5 minutes).
  5. Gently push the vegetables to the sides of the dutch oven and nestle the roast in the middle. Pour beef broth over the meat and vegetables and place rosemary and thyme on top. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low for 4 hours, or until the meat falls apart when touched with a fork.
  6. To serve, remove a few vegetables from the pot and desired amount of meat. I just leave the herb stalks in the pot until I’m done serving, then I remove them. Enjoy!
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

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Now that you know how to make the perfect pot roast, consider trying some roasted vegetables as a side: Spicy Sweet Roasted Butternut SquashRoasted Carrots with Thyme and NutmegRoasted Mushrooms with Balsamic, Thyme and DijonRoasted Delicata SquashMaple Cayenne Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Radishes, or delicious Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Cauliflower.

Philia Kelnhofer

Philia (aka 'Phi') is the author, recipe developer, photographer, and kitchen mess maker behind the Sweetphi blog where she shares simple, sweet, and savory recipes. She is a Midwest girl both at heart and at home, and loves showing readers that delicious food doesn’t have to have a bazillion ingredients, take hours to make, or be intimidating. She loves sharing how-tos and practical tips for meal time success. Find Phi at

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  1. This is delicious! I will prepare this evening for my partner. Thank you very much

  2. So many amazing tips!!! I love pot roast so this’ll def. help me next time I attempt it :)

  3. I love how you did the pictures on this post! I love pot roast! I miss the days of the entire family sitting around the table, my kids are too young, we all eat together but its nothing like what it will be a couple years from now :)

  4. I make a similar pot roast, but I don’t add broth and I cook it in the crock pot.

  5. I’m salivating… It’s cold and rainy today. Putting this on the menu, thank you!

  6. I owe it to my husband to make this recipe! I’ve never been a big fan of pot roast, but he grew up on it and seems to make pot roast mentions often. Not to mention, your recipe just might make me a convert – it looks amazing!

  7. You got me with “perfect” in the title. The meat looks absolutely succulent. Your step by step instructions are so easy to follow. Can’t wait to try and get the perfect result.

  8. This is a recipe that everyone should know how to make – great tutorial!

  9. Thank you so much Christie, and I’m right there with you – pot roast is the perfect comfort food!

  10. Pot roast is the perfect comfort food. Love all your tips for making it perfect.

  11. I love all these fantastic tips….especially not adding pepper which is something I have done in the past! Can’t wait to try your recipe!!

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