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Crock Pot Roast (with Gravy!)

This Crock Pot Roast recipe is easy to make with potatoes, carrots, and thick and flavorful gravy. The meat is moist and full of flavor, your family will love this home cooked meal! 

Be sure to serve this with my Buttermilk Biscuits or Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

A Crock Pot Roast in a Crock with Potatoes, potatoes, and gravy.

If you’re looking for the best Crock Pot Roast recipe, (with a ton of flavorful brown gravy), you’ve come to the right place!

I love that this is a complete meal all in one pot. You can do the prep work a day ahead of time, then set it and forget it.

Don’t be alarmed by the number of ingredients. They’re all super simple and really make the difference in this meal- the flavor is like no other.

Best Cuts of Meat for Pot Roast

Below are the 3 best options for making pot roast. Try to find one that has nice even marbling throughout the meat.

  • Chuck Roasts (the best option)
  • Rump Roasts (2nd best)
  • Bottom Rounds (3rd best)

How to Make Crock Pot Roast

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Pat the roast dry and rub with seasoning, then with flour. Sear in a skillet for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Combine gravy ingredients and add them to the Crock Pot along with the roast, potatoes, and carrots.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6.
  • Remove roast and vegetables and tent with foil. Bring gravy to a boil and add cornstarch + water mixture to thicken it. Reduce to a simmer and swirl in cold butter. Serve. 

A pot roast before and after having seasoning added to it. A pot roast coated with flour next to a seared roast in the crock pot. Crock Pot Roast in a slow cooker before and after cooking.

How to Make Brown Gravy More Flavorful

The following ingredients add depth of flavor to brown gravy, but they also help achieve a rich dark brown color.

  • Beef and Chicken Broth: I like to use a combination of both for a greater depth of flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: You can’t taste it, but the soy sauce enhances the other flavors and adds umami. 
  • Worcestershire Sauce: A great alternative to soy sauce.
  • Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce: I like to add a few drops of for a hint of a darker brown color. You can find it in the aisle where they sell gravy packets.
  • Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and extra 1 bouillon. 
  • Optional additions: Thyme, Rosemary, and Sage.
  • Cold Butter: Swirl 1-2 Tablespoons cold butter into gravy at the end of cooking. This is a technique called “Monter au Beurre” which adds a smooth, velvety finish to gravies and sauces.

A saucepan filled with brown pot roast gravy with a ladle spooning it out.

Make-Ahead Method

  • Combine gravy ingredients ahead of time.
  • Prepare carrots and wash/dry the potatoes, but don’t cut the potatoes until ready to cook.
  • Sear the meat just before cooking or skip that step and place unseared meat in the crock pot with the gravy and carrots.
  • Refrigerate for up to 1 day, then cooked as outlined, but add 30 minutes to cooking time since you’re starting from a cold state.

Pro Tips

  • Celery, sliced yellow onions, smashed garlic, and fresh rosemary/thyme make great additions to this meal as well.
  • Searing the Roast isn’t completely necessary but it adds a nice color, texture, and element of flavor. Even when I’m in a rush, I go for the sear. It’s worth it!
  • Don’t open the lid of the Crock Pot during cooking, you lose a lot of heat and about 30 minutes of cooking time.
  • This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 89!

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

A white plate with Crock Pot Roast with gravy on top with potatoes and carrots.

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A Crock Pot Roast in a Slow Cooker with potatoes and carrots with gravy.

Crock Pot Roast

4.99 from 325 ratings
This Crock Pot Roast recipe is easy to make with potatoes, carrots, and thick and flavorful gravy. The meat is moist and full of flavor, your family will love this home cooked meal!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. Chuck Roast, see notes for other cut options
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Meat Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Gravy:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce, can sub Worcestershire

Sides:

  • 2 ¼ lbs. baby potatoes, see notes
  • 2 lbs. whole carrots, cut into halves or thirds.

For the End:

  • 3 tablespoons corn starch + 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2-3 drops Kitchen Bouquet browning and seasoning sauce, optional: gives it a darker color
  • 1 Tablespoon cold unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Pat roast completely dry. Combine seasoning ingredients and massage it onto all sides of the roast, followed by the flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shiny and heated, add the roast and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes, until a brown crust has developed. Decrease heat slightly if needed during cooking. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Whisk together the gravy ingredients and add some of it to the skillet that you used to sear the roast. Use a silicone spatula to "clean" the bottom and sides of the skillet, this will give the gravy more flavor. Transfer it to the slow cooker along with the remaining gravy mixture, followed by the pot roast and any juices from the plate.
  • Cut the potatoes in half or thirds of equal size. (If 1-2 inch potatoes, you can leave them whole.)
  • Peel the carrots and slice them into halves or thirds. Very thick carrots can also be sliced in half lengthwise.
  • Arrange the potatoes around the roast and top with carrots. Place the lid securely on top and resist the temptation to open it during cooking as you’ll lose a lot of heat.
  • Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Carefully remove the carrots, potatoes, and the roast and set on a serving platter. Tent with foil.

Prepare the Gravy

  • Use oven mitts to lift the crock and transfer the juices to a saucepan, OR, if the crock is stovetop safe, you can place the crock right on the stovetop.
  • Bring the juices to a boil. Whisk together the corn starch with cold water until completely combined. Gradually add it to the gravy and whisk continuously to incorporate.
  • Decrease heat to low and simmer until ready to serve. It will continue to thicken. Add a few drops of Kitchen Bouquet browning and seasoning sauce if a darker color is preferred. Swirl in 1 tbsp. cold butter prior to serving.
  • Season carrots/potatoes with salt and pepper if desired and serve!

Notes

Best Cuts of Beef for Pot Roast: 
• Chuck Roasts (the best option)
• Rump Roasts (2nd best)
• Bottom Rounds (3rd best)

Potatoes: I used 3-4 inch round white potatoes, cut in half. Red potatoes or sliced Yukon Gold potatoes make great options as well.

This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 89!

Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 992mg, Potassium: 1555mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 19211IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 5mg
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866 comments on “Crock Pot Roast (with Gravy!)”

  1. This was delicious and so easy to make. Everyone at my dinner table loved it!

  2. Best roast I’ve been made. My whole family was blown away because my roasts are always a bust. Thank you so much!

  3. I’m wondering if you can make this in an Instant Pot and if anyone might know how long to pressure cook it for? You can sear it in the IP using the saute function before you pressurize it so that would make one less pan to wash. LOL I’m all about minimizing how much clean up I have to do afterwards. ;o)

    • Hi Edda! I don’t have tested Instant Pot Instructions outline for this, and I’m not sure if it would all fit, there is a decent amount of liquid for the gravy in this recipe.

  4. I really want to try this recipe but I don’t have a crockpot. Can it be made in a dutch oven? What would the cooking time be and is there other things to take into consideration if using a dutch oven? 

  5. Goodness, this is the recipe I was looking for.
    I’ve made decades of Slow Cooker roasts, usually turning out just “meh” in taste.
    I followed the recipe exactly and got compliments at the table!
    Delicious and thank you.

  6. Wifee says best pot roast she’s ever had. And did I keep the recipe? Yes, I kept the recipe.

  7. Served this for my parents when they visited and it received rave reviews, especially the gravy! Cooked on low for 9 hours and it was perfect. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Hi Tori!! I’m so happy that it was a success, always great to please the parents with your cooking skills! Nicely done! Thank you so much for the review! -Stephanie

  8. This pot roast was delicious I always liked oven roasts compared to pot roasts I’m glad I was curious when I found your recipe looking forward to trying different dishes 

  9. Definitely one of the best for chuck roast. My new go-to recipe.

  10. Made this again for the third time and keep getting rave reviews! My family and I love it!! Thank you so much for the recipe and all of the helpful tips and videos. 

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