Simple Perfect Pot Roast

Recipe by PanNan
READY IN: 5hrs 20mins




  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300°F.
  • Thoroughly pat roast dry with paper towels; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium high heat until shimmering but not smoking.
  • Brown roast thoroughly on all sides, reducing heat if fat begins to smoke, 8- 10 minutes.
  • Transfer roast to a large plate; set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium; add onion, carrot, and celery to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 6- 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic and sugar; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken and beef broths and thyme, scraping bottom of pan with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits.
  • Return roast and any accumulated juices to pot; add enough water to come halfway up sides of roast.
  • Bring liquid to simmer over medium heat, then cover tightly and transfer pot to oven.
  • Cook, turning roast every 30 minutes until fully tender and meat fork slips in and out of meat very easily (3 1/2- 4 hours).
  • Transfer roast to carving board, tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Allow liquid in pot to settle about 5 minutes, then use wide spoon to skim fat off surface; discard thyme sprig.
  • Boil over high heat until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, about 8 minutes.
  • Add red wine and reduce again to 1 1/2 cups, about 2 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cut meat into 1/2 inch slices, or pull apart in pieces; transfer meat to warmed serving platter and pour about 1/2 cup sauce over meat.
  • Serve, passing remaining sauce.
  • Note: Can add small red potatoes and sliced carrots and/or parsnips about 45 minutes before roast is finished.