This clay pot roast recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It only takes 3 minutes of preparation time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from brown sauce, Italian and ranchero dressing mix!
The easiest clay pot roast ever
Sunday dinners are our favorite! It is the only night of each week that we are guaranteed a good dinner with the whole family. Because we have church, we often make clay pot meals, and one of our favorites is Pot Roast. It is simple, loved by the whole family and an ideal for any night of the week.
The pot roast recipe we’ve made for as long as I can remember is more than easy! It takes only a few minutes to prepare (literally) and is always so tender and tasty. As I said, it’s easy and it’s very good, and the meat can be eaten for roasting or it can be made and used for many other recipes. We always finish with leftovers, so we make Green Chile Burros the next night for dinner.
What is the best roast to roast in a pot? Chuck roast is the best cut to use for pot roasting. Look for a piece with veining. These connective tissues will soften during cooking making the meat tender, juicy and fall apart more easily.
How much pot roast per person? When serving meat as a main course, plan 8 oz per person. If you have big appetites or love leftovers, plan 12 ounces of meat per person.
How to cook a roast in a clay pot
I always buy my Chuck Roast at Sam’s Club. It comes in a pack of 2 and the net weight is about 5-6 pounds, so each roast is 2.5 to 3 pounds, usually. For a large gathering, you may need to cook both in the clay pot. For my family of 8, we can get it using 1 chuck roast. If I’m not using the other roast, I freeze it to use later that month. The seasoning we make to accompany this roast is made with 3 ingredients (1 tablespoon
of each): dry
- brown sauce
- Hidden Valley dry mix
NOTE: Since we make this roast pot of meat often, I like to make this seasoning in bulk (usually 1 cup of each dry mixture), and then take out 1/4 cup of the mixture to sprinkle on top. 😉
Here are the instructions for a 2-3 pound roast! Start by placing the chuck roast in your slow cooker or slow cooker. Pour ⅓ cup of water over the roast.
Mix the 3 dry mixtures and sprinkle over the roast. Cook at LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours, or until tender. I personally prefer to cook at LOW – the meat seems to be more tender that way. 🙂
How do I add vegetables to a
clay pot roast?
Cooking vegetables with your roast is as simple as adding them in the clay pot! Place your roast in the clay pot. Then, add your seasoning mixture and water. Finally, add the vegetables you want.
Usually, the following vegetables are used: diced or baby carrots, sliced onions, whole or halved small red or white potatoes, and diced celery, diced tomatoes. Cover and cook according to recipe directions.
Drip Pot Roast Gravy
If you want to make sauce to pour on top, it’s super simple. All you need are the following ingredients:
onto the grill
Take about ⅓ – 1/2 cup of the roast drops in the clay pot and add it to a small pot on the stove. Heat it a little, then add a TB of flour and a TB of milk. Keep adding a little milk and a little flour until it has the consistency you like best. Complete with a little salt and pepper!
Can you make pot roast in advance?
Pot roasting can be done in advance. Once the roast has finished cooking, put the entire pot, which contains the roast and juices, in the refrigerator. When you are ready to eat, remove the pot from the fridge, heat the roast and liquid to the desired temperature. Remove the roast, cut, serve and enjoy!
Can I freeze a cooked pot roast?
If you have leftover roast, but don’t plan to eat it in 2-3 days, stick it in the freezer for later. Place roasted and cooking juices in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Place meat and juices in a baking dish, cover and bake at 325 degrees F until the meat reaches the desired temperature.
Can you cook the frozen pot roast?
Yes, you can cook a frozen roast. Be sure not to preheat the stoneware. Frozen meat can cause an already hot dish to crack. Once you add your frozen meat to the stoneware, add 1 cup of warm liquid. Frozen roast will need to cook longer, so you’ll need to ADD 4 to 6 hours of cook time in Low, or an additional 2 hours if you cook in the High setting.
Can I reheat the pot roast?
yes! Store any leftover roasts on a covered plate in the refrigerator. Be sure to include any of the juices from the original pot. These juices will prevent the roast from drying out in the fridge. You can reheat in the microwave, but I prefer to reheat in the oven. I cover the pan with the meat and juices and bake at 325 degrees F until the meat reaches the desired temperature.
What can I do using the leftover roast
from the pot?
Depending on how you originally seasoned your pot roast, you can easily use the leftover roast to create a whole new dish for dinner. Try some of these ideas: meat stroganoff, shredded beef taco, empanadas, pocket sandwich, melted empanada, stir-fried, carne asada sandwich, pastel de pastor.
What to serve with roast?
- Twice baked potatoes
- Tater Toss
- Potatoes Gratin
- Cream cheese and Parmesan Asparagus Baked Parmesan
- Roast Gravy
For more beef recipes, check out:
- Slow Cooker
- French Sauce Sandwiches
- Dr. Pepper Ribs
- meat bread