Fallin' to Pieces Pot Roast With Carrots and Potatoes

Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Yields a savory pot roast that is fork tender and literally falls to pieces. Carrots and potatoes are cooked along with the roast in a slow cooker or crock pot. Very easy and crowd-pleasing! WARNING: This recipe will make a proper lady want to eat like a man!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. *prep time does not include time in frig to marinate, which is optional*.
  2. In a small bowl, combine onion soup mix, garlic powder, and Accent into one uniform dry mixture.
  3. Rinse roast with water and pat dry. Rub all surfaces of the meat with the dry spice mixture.
  4. Stab the spice mixture into the beef using a penetrating meat tenderizer tool or the tines of a fork, puncturing many times over all surfaces of the meat. This step is important. Use any remaining dry spice mixture to rub over the meat again.
  5. Wrap the meat tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. (optional -- you can skip this step and put it right in the slow cooker if you want, and it will still taste fantastic).
  6. Slice the onion into thin slivers. Put 1/3 of the onion slivers into the bottom of a slow cooker or crock pot.
  7. Place the seasoned beef on top of the onions, in the center of the slow cooker.
  8. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into large chunks and put into slow cooker along with the carrots and remainder of the onion. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to suit your taste.
  9. Dissolve a beef bouillon cube in 1 1/2 to 2 cups hot water and pour over the vegetables, surrounding the meat(you want about 2 or 3 inches of water in the bottom of the slow cooker- this will make a great tasting 'au jus').
  10. Cook on medium high heat in slow cooker for first two hours, then reduce heat to low-medium for an additional three hours. 5 hours cooking time usually does the trick for me, but 6 hours is fine too!
  11. **Key: If it ain't fallin' apart, it's not ready yet! You should not even be able to slice this -- the servings are literally pulled apart with a fork straight to the plate.**.
  12. Serving suggestion: I like to do a quick mash of the potatoes with my fork after I get the potato chunks on my plate and add butter or margarine to taste, then spoon some of that good liquid from the slow cooker over the top! It's out of this world.


Most Helpful

This was good and easy to make. Even with all the seasoning, we really thought it needed more when it was finished cooking. The meat was so tender and falling apart but I cooked mine on high for 8 hours.

bmcnichol January 28, 2013

Great recipe! I did not use a bouilon cube, instead I used a package of McKormic seasoning and it turned out great. Cook time was off, I cooked mines on low for about 10 hours and indeed it is falling to peices!

Ranada J. October 12, 2015

this recipe was beyond good, it was phenomenal. the key to it is to wrap it and let it set for 4 hours the flavor is totally all through the meat.great job and thank you G.

George R. May 31, 2015

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