Pot Roast With Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce (Crock Pot)

Total Time
5hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 5 hrs

I was skeptical about this recipe....but it really works well! I served this with noodles and my family licked this one up! I got this recipe from the Looneyspoon series.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make sauce, combine root beer, barbecue sauce, tomato paste, lemon juice, ginger, worcestershire sauce, garlic, cumin and chili powder in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let sauce boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. (The sauce is very strong and concentrate at this point -- don't panic, it mellows out quite nicely once it's cooked in the beef juices).
  3. Pat roast dry with paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add roast and brown it on all sides.
  4. Place in crock pot. Arrange onion wedges around roast. Cover and cook on low heating for 5 - 7 hours, or until cooked. (Note: the original recipe stated 8 hours, but I found that it was over cooked for my liking, so use your own judgement).
  5. Remove roast from crockpot. Place on a cutting board and cover with tin foil and let rest. Pour sauce into a medium saucepan. Skim off as much fat as possible.
  6. In another bowl, mix the cornstarch with equal amounts of cold water and stir until smooth. Add to sauce and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly until sauce has thickened slightly.


Most Helpful

We found this recipe too sweet and lacking any other real flavor. I won't be making this again.

deepfreeze June 07, 2011

I don't know if I did something wrong, but my pot roast was very dry, tasty yes, but dry. The sauce helped it out a whole lot. Interseting flavor with the root beer. My daughter ate it up and wanted more, and she is generally not a big meat eater.

Erik Hanson June 01, 2009

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