My Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast is tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. The perfect Sunday dinner to bring the family together!
My mom makes the most amazing pot roast.
It’s hard to pin-point exactly why it’s so darn good. The wow-factor doesn’t come from fancy ingredients or cooking methods. Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast is a humble classic-American roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes, that blow everyone else’s pot roast out of the water… In my opinion.
Personally, I think it’s just years (and years) of practice.
Mom made her pot roast at least a couple times a month, throughout my entire childhood. She would prep the roast before church on Sunday mornings, then place it in the oven as we walked out the door. Later, we would come home to a house filled with the aroma of pure comfort.
How to Make Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast
Select a large beef roast that will shred well when cooked over time. It’s best to find one with some fat marbling, like a chuck roast, rump roast, or some top round roasts. Even lean roasts will cook down and shred. Yet the marbled fat provides rich flavor and gives the slow cooked meat a more luxurious texture.
Create a base layer of flavor in the pot. I do this by sautéing bacon in the pot, then adding onions wedges, garlic, and fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs.
Then and only then, brown the beef roast. Once you’ve got a coating of herb-infused bacon fat in the bottom of the pot, give that flavor the opportunity to sizzle into the roast on all sides.
This seals in the flavor, and creates a foundation for all the other flavors to build upon. Make sure to salt and pepper the beef thoroughly before searing.
Add a couple secret ingredients… That aren’t so secret. Make sure to add a generous amount of Worcestershire sauce to the pot before placing the roast in the oven. This gives the beef and all the veggies additional depth while slow roasting.
Second, instead of adding beef broth, use beef base. Beef base is concentrated beef stock. Therefore if you add it to the pot roast with a smaller portion of water, the roast will absorb the concentrated flavor and give the roast an extremely beefy essence. You can keep beef base in the refrigerator for a long time and use it for gravy and soups.
The more carrots, the merrier. In mom’s recipe, you’ll notice there are more carrots than potatoes. Yes, this is intentional, and yes, if you have room in your dutch oven you should always add more carrots than listed. The carrots offer a touch of rustic sweetness to Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast Dinner, that seasons the entire meal. They are so soft, silky, and sweet, the carrots are always the first thing to disappear. When in doubt, add more carrots!
Finally, slow cook for tender beef. Cover the pot with a heavy lid and place it in a 300 degree oven. Roast the beef and vegetables one hour, for every pound of beef. When you open the pot, you’ll find a succulent piece of meat, begging to be shredded.
I know what’s coming next… You read the words “slow cook” and now you want to know if you can make this recipe in your crockpot. Am I right?
Yes, you can turn this into a slow cooker recipe. However, you must sear the bacon, onions, herbs, and beef prior to placing in the crockpot. If you put the ingredients in the crockpot raw, you will end up with a shallow mediocre version of Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast Dinner. What a travesty.
However, prep Mom’s Best Beef Pot Roast as listed in the recipe, and you will have a meal your family begs for again and again!
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