Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

It seems like a no-brainer, pot+roast=pot roast, and I used to do it that way. This is better. All you Pioneer Woman fans out there, you know she has a knack for making everyday things better and scary things easy so give this a try if you want to taste the best pot roast of your life!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. preheat oven to 275. Heat large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add olive oil and let it get really hot.
  2. Salt and pepper the chuck roast on both sides. Cut the onions from root to tip, cut the ends off, and peel the skin off. Brown onions on both sides in dutch oven, then remove to a plate. Thoroughly wash carrots, chop and add to dutch oven and toss them around until slightly brown, about a minute or so.
  3. Remove the carrots and allow pot to become hot again.
  4. Sear roast about 1 minute per side and then remove to plate.
  5. Turn heat to high and deglaze the pot adding one cup of the beef broth.
  6. Add Meat back to pot, followed by carrots and onions. Pour beef broth into pot to cover the meat half way. Tuck thyme and rosemary into the broth, if you are using them.
  7. Cover pot and roast for 3-5 hours depending on the size of your roast. For a 3 pound roast, allow 3-3 1/2 hours, for a 4 to 5 pound roast, cook for 4 to 5 hours.
  8. When cooking time is over, check for doneness; insert a fork into meat, the fork should go in very easily and the meat should be very tender.
  9. Remove to cutting board and slice against the grain.
  10. Serve.
  11. Congratulations, you're a hero.
Most Helpful

This is my favorite pot roast! And I now love it most with mashed potatoes. I make some beef gravy on the side though. And I double the amount of onions and carrots because that's my favorite part.

Amy P. September 25, 2016

Pot roast is a classic standard; it's harder than you'd expect to get it exactly right unless you start with Pioneer Woman's recipe. Its perfect & foolproof. Like so many people, I tweaked it a bit. I was taught to always add a teaspoon of anchovy paste & 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste to beef broth for slow cooking. You'll never detect the anchovy, it just adds a touch of salty complexity. And deglaze the pan with wine if you like, a full bodied red, then finish with broth. You can also just follow PW's instructions to the letter, you'll be fine & your guests will be happy. Pioneer Woman has many great recipes, look her up whenever you're seeking recipes for classic foods. She's ?10/10? at our house!

Sharon T. September 05, 2016

I've made this recipe over a dozen times now. I add about 6 cloves of garlic and more carrots. It is such an easy recipe and my family loves it.

Heather M. April 21, 2016