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Slow Cook Pot Roast

Updated on September 19, 2014

Pot Roasts Turn Tough Cuts Tender

If you haven't cooked with tougher cuts of beef before it can look pretty daunting, but don't pass it by! Tougher meat has more flavour.

Slow cooking in the crockpot melts the tough connective tissue between the muscle fibres, leaving tender meat you can flake apart with a fork.

This is my mother's old recipe for pot roast adapted for my slow cooker.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 hours
Cook time: 7 hours 30 min
Ready in: 17 hours 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 2k - 4 lbs Shoulder roast
  • 4 large onions
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 6 cloves peeled garlic
  • cup red wine
  • sprig rosemany

Instructions are for a shoulder or chuck roast which is about 2 kilos or 4 and 1/2 lbs.

It doesn't matter if your joint weighs less, but you may have to adjust your time longer if the meat weighs more.


  1. Peel and Chop potatoes into good size chunks
  2. Peel and Chop onions into quarters
  3. Chop carrot into medium pieces
  4. Put the chopped vegetables into your cooker with garlic cloves
  5. Rub salt, pepper, and herb seasoning of your choice all over the meat
  6. Brown the meat in a heavy based pan
  7. Add the meat - with any juices - to the cooker
  8. Pour in the wine
  9. Add rosemary sprig
  10. Cook for 6 hours on high
  11. Taste - add or adjust seasonings - add liquid if necessary
  12. Cook for 1 hour on low
Cast your vote for Slow Cook Pot Roast

The meat just falls off the fork

Ben Hardy's Recipe is almost Identical

I prefer to rub seasoning over my meat (not add seasoning to the pot) and I like to brown my meat first. Ben uses beef stock and red wine - I skip the stock.

© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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    • casquid profile image


      6 years ago

      My grandchildren love my pot roast. I never have leftovers, no matter how large is cooked. This recipe is almost, exactly mine. Thanks for sharing.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love pot roast, but I have never made one. Will be trying it now that I read this lens. I also have never pre-heated my slow cooker before.


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