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Perfect Pot Roast – Oven or Slow Cooker

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Hey y’all…I hope you had a chance to read yesterday’s post for our Fall Tablescape Wine Dinner.Today I want to share with you one of the recipes from our special evening.

When we invite guests for a dinner party, the first thing I do is create a menu. I want the evening to be special, but not formal. It’s important to me that our guests feel comfortable, happy and entertained.

Perfect Pot Roast - Oven or Slow Cooker

To create a carefree atmosphere…and to reduce stress for me…I prefer to create a menu of dishes that can mainly be made ahead. This way I’m not stuck in the kitchen cooking while everyone else is having fun with special bevs and appetizers. I mean – I want to have fun too 🙂

For this occasion I wanted the meal a little extra special so I made my favorite pot roast which is my mother’s recipe. It is delicious, hearty and easy to make in my slow cooker!

Perfect Pot Roast – Oven or Slow Cooker


  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 - 3 pound boneless chuck roast
  • 1 small bag baby carrots
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 TBS rosemary, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 2 cups of beef stock
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 10 small red bliss potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add oil to large pan or dutch oven and heat

Salt one side of the beef and add to the hot pan, salt side down. Sear until crusty and brown - about 7 to 10 minutes. Salt the meat and turn over and repeat.

After meat has a nice sear on both sides - remove from pan and place on a plate and set aside.

To the hot pan add onions, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and rosemary. Cook until onions are translucent.

Add wine, beef stock and tomato paste.Cook for 3 minutes.

Place meat back in dutch over with the vegetables and broth.

Cook in the oven uncovered for 1 hour. turn oven temp down to 275 degrees and cover. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours more until beef is very tender.

SLOW COOKER METHOD - Follow all of the same steps above. Add everything to the slow cooker - meat on the bottom. Cover with lid and cook on low for 7 hours.


The secret to this roast is the searing of the meat. I actually prefer cooking this in the slow cooker as opposed to the oven method.

Perfect Pot Roast - Oven or Slow Cooker

I like to serve it in this oversized bowl for easy passing at the dining table. The roast is juicy and fork tender.Make sure to serve it with crusty bread to sop up the scrumptious gravy All of our guests thought it was delicious!

Perfect Pot Roast - Oven or Slow Cooker

There were six of us, but this recipe could easily serve eight people.


Being that this main dish also has potatoes, carrots and mushrooms there really isn’t a need for a lot of extra food. I roasted some artichokes and toasted some French bread. And of course we had wine – lots of wine 🙂

Perfect Pot Roast - Oven or Slow Cooker

As I mentioned yesterday, this is my favorite time of the year to entertain. I feel it’s important to slow down, laugh, have fun and create memories with those that we love most. There’s just some about sharing a great meal with people that mean the most to us. Try it…you’ll like it!

Until tomorrow…


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  1. This looks really good and I don’t even eat roast! I’ll definitely be passing this along to my family and will make this for my dad and brother in laws. They will think I am so fancy! hugs, Coco

    1. You are too sweet CoCo! Your beef loving guests will love this! And we already think you’re fancy 🙂

  2. These photos seriously make my mouth water. Yum! Definitely saving this one! Your recipes are always so good 🙂

  3. Yummmmm is all I can say! Another keeper for sure.

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