I have always loved comfort food and a well prepared pot roast tops the list. There are more recipes for pot roast than there are pots too cook them. Many of those recipes, however, produce dry, pasty-looking meat and vegetables that just don't quite make it. I've taken the best from lots of different techniques and come up with what I think is a recipe you'll enjoy time and again.
Quite a few different cuts of beef are "suitable" for pot roast: bottom round, rump and front cut brisket to name a few. A blade cut chuck roast is far and away the best choice, however. It's fattier than the others and during the long, slow cooking process called braising, the chuck produces the most mouth watering end result.
Be sure to brown the roast and vegetables before braising. This improves the flavor and also enhances the appearance as the high heat used during browning carmelizes the sugars in the meat.
The quantity of each of the ingredients can be varied a little to suit your individual taste. Accordingly, the timing suggested is only a guide and you should test for doneness as you begin to approach the end of the cooking time.
This recipe calls for cooking in a crock pot. You can also use a large heavy Dutch oven and cook in the oven.