Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast

"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!"
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photo by Amy P. photo by Amy P.
Ready In:
3hrs 10mins




  • preheat oven to 275. Heat large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add olive oil and let it get really hot.
  • 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.
  • Remove the carrots and allow pot to become hot again.
  • Sear roast about 1 minute per side and then remove to plate.
  • Turn heat to high and deglaze the pot adding one cup of the beef broth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove to cutting board and slice against the grain.
  • Serve.
  • Congratulations, you're a hero.

Questions & Replies

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  1. bratchyukon
    If I want to cook potatoes in with the roast and carrots, how will the recipe be changed? Type of potatoes? Quality? How much more beef broth? Oven temperature? Time cooked in oven?
  2. Michelle K.
    Why did mine turn out dry. Tons of liquid in the pot. But take the meat out and its dry...
  3. Kaylee1220
    II will be making the simple pot roast today for friends for the first time in our new condo. I am a little nervous not use to the oven yet but my question is I will be cooking a 5 lb chuck roast can I add a little red wine to the beef broth?


  1. Donna E.
    This was awesome and delicious. However, when I double checked the recipe, I realized I had left out the rosemary. Oh, me. But it was still delicious and would make again. PW always does things right.
  2. goldie7985
    Ever since the first time that She made this on tv this is the only recipe for a roast I make now. I absolutely love it, my roast have never turned out so good. My family absolutely love it too. I wish she would come out with more down home recipes like this. We’re not so much into Mexican, or Chinese but no matter what she cooks I’ll be watching in hope there will be something we like. Love her show!!!
  3. Amy P.
    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.
  4. mammafishy
    Somewhere along the way I got lazy and started to throw all my roasts in a crockpot. I saw this episode of Pioneer Woman and decided to make it her way and the way I had it growing up as a kid. So easy, so delicious!! I did it the way she suggested, except that I added wedges of cabbage and fresh sliced mushrooms when I browned the rest of the vegetables. I also floured the meat before browning and it gave it a nice rich roux flavor.
  5. klondon515
    I have been making pot roast for over 30 years. This is the FIRST time I have tried a new recipe for making it. This roast blew my socks off along with my dinner party guests!! I made exactly as instructed and 3 hours to a great meal.


  1. Chef Kingofthebeach
    Red wine deglaze + mushroom
  2. howecool5
    Perfect, easy, delicious! Tossed in cubed potatoes and a bag of Brussel sprouts. Can't wait for leftovers!


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