Ask DJ Lyons: Making Pot Roast

Pot Roast all ready to eat. Enjoy!

Pot Roast all ready to eat. Enjoy!
Pot Roast all ready to eat. Enjoy! | Source

Pot Roast all ready to eat. Enjoy!

My husband and I love Pot Roast. Making it in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker insures that it always comes out fork-tender and delicious.

I learned about making a Pot Roast using onion soup for seasoning from one of my best girl friends named Terry Hunt. Thanks, Terry!


Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
Crock Pot or Slow Cooker | Source

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Here is my Crock Pot or Slow Cooker. I really like this one. Had I to do it over again, I might purchase one of the ones you see down below. For me, one of my main criteria is to have one large enough to cook a large cut of meat. I even can cook a turkey breast in this Crock Pot and have it come out tender and delicious.

Onion Mix

Onion Mix
Onion Mix | Source

Onion Mix

You can use some version of Onion Mix. This is a generic version of Lipton's. It is more economical and works just as well.

Step 1 - Pour 4 cups of water in measuring cup

Step 1 - Pour 4 cups of water in measuring cup
Step 1 - Pour 4 cups of water in measuring cup | Source

Step 1 - Pour 4 cups of water in measuring cup

To make the onion soup, pour 4 cups of water in a large measuring cup.

Step 2 - Pour in 1 packet of onion mix

Step 2 - Pour in 1 packet of onion mix
Step 2 - Pour in 1 packet of onion mix | Source

Step 2 - Pour in 1 packet of onion mix

Add one of the onion soup packets into the 4 cups of water.

Step 3 - Microwave mixture for 5 minutes

Step 3 - Microwave mixture for 5 minutes
Step 3 - Microwave mixture for 5 minutes | Source

Step 3 - Microwave mixture for 5 minutes

Microwave the onion soup for 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 4 -Season pot roast with Meat Tenderizer

Step 4 -Season pot roast with Meat Tenderizer
Step 4 -Season pot roast with Meat Tenderizer | Source

Step 4 -Season pot roast with Meat Tenderizer

After washing the roast, season it by sprinkling it with Meat Tenderizer.

Step 5 - Get wrapped Pot Roast out of refrigerator

Step 5 - Get wrapped Pot Roast out of refrigerator
Step 5 - Get wrapped Pot Roast out of refrigerator | Source

Step 5 - Get wrapped Pot Roast out of refrigerator

Get your wrapped Pot Roast out of the refrigerator. You will peel off the wrapper and wash the roast before placing it in the Crock Pot.

Step 6 - Here is the label - Cab Round Top Round Roast

Step 6 - Here is the label - Cab Round Top Round Roast
Step 6 - Here is the label - Cab Round Top Round Roast | Source

Step 6 - Here is the label - Cab Round Top Round Roast

Here is the label for this particular roast. Since I knew I was going to be cooking it within a day or two of purchase, I was able to get this nearly $20 roast for a little over $11. It was large enough to make about 15 meals.

Typically, my husband and I will eat two meals complete with veggies and gravy. I make sandwich size packets of all the rest of the roast and place that in the freezer. Then, we have roast beef available for sandwiches when we get in the mood or get snowed-in like we did last week.

Step 7 - After washing, place pot roast in pot

Step 7 - After washing, place pot roast in pot
Step 7 - After washing, place pot roast in pot | Source

Step 7 - After washing, place pot roast in pot

After washing the roast, place it in the Crock Pot.

Step 8 - Pour onion soup into pot

Step 8 - Pour onion soup into pot
Step 8 - Pour onion soup into pot | Source

Step 8 - Pour onion soup into pot

Pour the onion soup into the pot over the roast.

Another view of onion soup going into Crock Pot

Another view of onion soup going into Crock Pot
Another view of onion soup going into Crock Pot | Source

Another view of onion soup going into Crock Pot

Here is another view of the onion soup being poured into the Crock Pot.

Step 9 - Soup and meat in pot

Step 9 - Soup and meat in pot
Step 9 - Soup and meat in pot | Source

Step 9 - Soup and meat in pot

Here is a picture of the onion soup and the meat in the Crock Pot.

Step 10 - 29 oz can of Whole White Potatoes Family Size

Step 10 - 29 oz can of Whole White Potatoes Family Size
Step 10 - 29 oz can of Whole White Potatoes Family Size | Source

Step 10 - 29 oz can of Whole White Potatoes Family Size

To save time and effort, I use the family-size version of a can of Whole White Potatoes. You will use the potatoes and the juice and pour this into the pot. The juice will add some extra flavor plus nutrients.

Step 11 - Pour potatoes plus juice in pot

Step 11 - Pour potatoes plus juice in pot
Step 11 - Pour potatoes plus juice in pot | Source

Step 11 - Pour potatoes plus juice in pot

Here is the potatoes added to the Crock Pot.

Step 12 - Get out baby carrots

Step 12 - Get out baby carrots
Step 12 - Get out baby carrots | Source

Step 12 - Get out baby carrots

Get out the baby carrots from the refrigerator.

Step 13 - Add carrots to pot

Step 13 - Add carrots to pot
Step 13 - Add carrots to pot | Source

Step 13 - Add carrots to pot

Add as many carrots as you like to the Crock Pot. I added enough to make four servings.

Step 14 - Slice up 3 stalks of celery

Step 14 - Slice up 3 stalks of celery
Step 14 - Slice up 3 stalks of celery | Source

Step 14 - Slice up 3 stalks of celery

Wash and slice up 3 stalks of celery. You can certainly add more than 3 stalks. Since I only wanted to make enough for four servings, 3 stalks of celery felt like plenty to me.

Step 15 - Add celery to pot

Step 15 - Add celery to pot
Step 15 - Add celery to pot | Source

Step 15 - Add celery to pot

Add the celery to the Crock Pot.

Step 16 - Set Crock Pot to high

Step 16 - Set Crock Pot to high
Step 16 - Set Crock Pot to high | Source

Step 16 - Set Crock Pot to high

You will cook this meal according to your time factor. You can either cook it on the low setting if you want your meal to be ready 10 to 12 hours later. In my case, I wanted my meal to be ready 4 to 6 hours after preparation; therefore, I set my Crock Pot on the high setting. I nearly always cook it the full six hours as I feel that adds to the tenderness of the meat.

Please note, once the cooking time is nearly up, I turn it down to low while I am making other preparations for the meal.

Step 17 - Place lid on Crock Pot

Step 17 - Place lid on Crock Pot
Step 17 - Place lid on Crock Pot | Source

Step 17 - Place lid on Crock Pot

Place the lid on the Crock Pot once it is plugged in and you have turned on the heat. Try to avoid taking the lid off during the cooking time as it will actually detract from the end result.One of the beauties of using a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker is that you prepare the meal and then are able to go about the other business of your day.

Step 18 - Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 10 to 12 hours

Step 18 - Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 10 to 12 hours
Step 18 - Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 10 to 12 hours | Source

Step 18 - Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 10 to 12 hours

Here is what my Pot Roast with veggies look like at the end of the six hours cooking time.

Step 19 - Place Veggies in bowl

Step 19 - Place Veggies in bowl
Step 19 - Place Veggies in bowl | Source

Step 19 - Place Veggies in bowl

I use a slotted spoon and dip out all the veggies and place them in a bowl.

Step 20 - Some of the meat ready to slice

Step 20 - Some of the meat ready to slice
Step 20 - Some of the meat ready to slice | Source

Step 20 - Some of the meat ready to slice

Then I pull out slabs of meat and place it on my cutting board. Even though the meat is fork-tender, I still like to slice it using my electric carving knife. I feel that saves me a lot of time and effort.

Step 21 - All meat on serving platter

Step 21 - All meat on serving platter
Step 21 - All meat on serving platter | Source

Step 21 - All meat on serving platter

As I get the meat sliced, I place it on a serving dish.

Step 22 - Put 2 tbsp corn starch in large measuring cup

Step 22 - Put 2 tbsp corn starch in large measuring cup
Step 22 - Put 2 tbsp corn starch in large measuring cup | Source

Step 22 - Put 2 tbsp corn starch in large measuring cup

To make the gravy, place 2 tablespoons of corn starch in a large measuring cup.

Step 23 - Add 2 scoops of soup to corn starch

Step 23 - Add 2 scoops of soup to corn starch
Step 23 - Add 2 scoops of soup to corn starch | Source

Step 23 - Add 2 scoops of soup to corn starch

Add 2 scoops of the hot onion soup to the corn starch. Then work to really blend the two ingredients together until there are no lumps.

Step 24 - Stir well until blended

Step 24 - Stir well until blended
Step 24 - Stir well until blended | Source

Step 24 - Stir well until blended

Stir really well until well blended before you add some more of the beefy-tasting onion soup to the measuring cup. Stir again.

Step 25 - Pour into sauce pan and bring to a boil to thicken

Step 25 - Pour into sauce pan and bring to a boil to thicken
Step 25 - Pour into sauce pan and bring to a boil to thicken | Source

Step 25 - Pour into sauce pan and bring to a boil to thicken

Pour this entire mixture into a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil to get your gravy to thicken. Stir often as you do this.

Step 26 - Boil gravy mixture to thicken

Step 26 - Boil gravy mixture to thicken
Step 26 - Boil gravy mixture to thicken | Source

Step 26 - Boil gravy mixture to thicken

Boil the gravy to thicken the mixture. Then turn it down to a low simmer to stay hot for serving.

Step 27 - Pot Roast, veggies, and gravy on plate

Step 27 - Pot Roast, veggies, and gravy on plate
Step 27 - Pot Roast, veggies, and gravy on plate | Source

Step 27 - Pot Roast, veggies, and gravy on plate

It's finally serving time. You can add meat and veggies to the plate. Pour some gravy over both. If any of it has had time to grow cold, as long as you use a microwave-safe plate, you can microwave the plate for about thirty seconds each. Then serve and enjoy!

A different Pot Roast recipe taught to me by my mother

A different Pot Roast recipe taught to me by my mother
A different Pot Roast recipe taught to me by my mother | Source

Another Crock Pot Recipe - Pot Roast

To make a delicious, tender pot roast, you'll need a large Crock Pot, a 3- to 4-pound Boneless Beef Chuck Roast. Wash the meat. Sprinkle Meat Tenderizer on both sides. Place in bottom of Crock Pot. Microwave 4 beef bouillon cubes in 4 cups of water for 4 to 6 minutes until cubes are dissolved. Stir in a handful of onion flakes. Sprinkle with meat tenderizer. Stir and pour over meat. Add baby carrots, chopped celery, and two 29 oz. cans of whole white potatoes. Add as much juices from the can as there is room for. Turn the Crock Pot on and cook for 4 to 6 hours on high heat or 10 to 12 hours on low heat. After removing the meat and vegetables from the Crock Pot, get two cups of the juices. Add in Gravy Master Browning Sauce and a heaping tablespoon of Corn Starch. Stir until smooth. Add this to the juices in Crock Pot. Turn on high. Stir occasionally until thick. Slice the beef. Serve with the vegetables and gravy. This is absolutely wonderful! Use leftover beef for sandwiches.

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

Great hub! I would never have thought of using canned potatoes, but it is brilliant!


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biancapaloma 5 years ago

Good tips thanks! Sounds just like the kind of hearty meal I love to cook for comfort on cold windy days - I'll give it a try.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much to both of you. By the way, I've decided that the next time I make this, I am going to use two packets of the Onion Soup mix to give the meat even more flavor. It was delicious the way described in this recipe; however, I really couldn't taste any onion flavor.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great recipe Debbie,

I will have to give this one a go.I'll let you know how I get on.

Thanks for sharing.

take care

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks, Eiddwen! I hope you enjoy it!

Best wishes,

Debbie


Leo 23 months ago

Hey Melissa! The serving size is in the upper right hand cnorer of the recipe, but I am happy to share with you that it makes 6-8! If you crock them for the full time they are soft and done, if you want them a bit crispy you should crock them for less time! Also if you tilt the lid a bit this will also allow the green beans to be more crisp and also the onions on top! Hope this helps and Happy Crocking!


Rachhpal 23 months ago

Jenn thanks so much for ptsniog this recipe,how simple is this!I'm looking forward to making this for thanksgiving this year.It will be nice to use my crockpot so i don't have to spend extra time in the kitchen thus i cant enjoy watchin the thanksgiving day parade for once,Havent had the chance in over 10 yrs with three kids plus we always have the holiday at our house.I will definatly be getting many recipes from here!

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