Best of the Best: Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Have you been enjoying our October Slow Cooker Takeover? So far, we’ve shared recipes for caramel-dipped apples and butternut squash soup, given away two slow cooker gift baskets and our #HBSlowCookerClub contest has been popular on Facebook as people vote for their favorite recipes. Edit: contest is now over, but the crock-tackular recipes remain!

The Best of the Best Beef Pot Roast Recipe

Speaking of the best slow cooker recipes, did you know that our most viewed recipe of all time on is for our Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast? It’s no surprise, as pot roast is an all-American classic, much like baseball and apple pie. 

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Beef Pot Roast
Serves 6
Make this delicious and hearty beef pot roast in any 5-6 Quart Slow Cooker. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve your family this easy dinner that will be loved by everyone.
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  1. 3 to 4-pound chuck pot roast
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  4. 3 to 4 medium potatoes, quartered
  5. 3 to 4 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  6. 2 medium onions, quartered
  7. 1/2 cup beef broth
  1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place half of vegetables in bottom of slow cooker crock, top with roast, then add remaining vegetables and liquid.
  3. Cover and cook 5 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.
  1. Half of a 1 lb. bag of baby carrots can be used instead of 3-4 medium carrots. A long cooking time in moist heat will tenderize a tougher cut of meat. Therefore, using a lower-priced cut, such as chuck, is economical as well as delicious.
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Oktoberfest Pot Roast is the perfect pot roast for fall/autumn weather! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Pot Roast with Pumpkin Beer – To make this dish, simply pick a seasonal pumpkin beer (we used one from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, a local favorite) and toss it in the crock with sweet potatoes, onions and a beef roast. The combination of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin beer will add tons of fall flavor to your meal.



Easy Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken - easy and healthier Chinese takeout at home from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Meals like this sweet and sour chicken are great for evenings when your family is busy. Instead of trying to put something together after the kids’ many activities, just put everything in the slow cooker and rice cooker before you leave. You won’t resort to fast food on the way back because a delicious, well-balanced meal is waiting for you at home.



Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach -

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock – Chicken stock is the key to many recipes, and you’re probably buying loads of the canned stuff from the grocery store. I was, too, until I started making it myself. It only took one batch of homemade stock to make me a convert.



Slow Cooker Roast Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Carrots - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach #slowcookerYour family and friends will think you slaved over this flavorful Pork Roast with Apples and Rosemary for hours. We won’t tell them your little secret, but we know all you have to do is toss it in the slow cooker with some seasoning, fresh fruit and veggies. It’s really that easy! Add the ingredients to your crock in the morning and by dinnertime you’ll have a hot, nutritious meal for your family.


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    Just did chili,now i have to do pot roast after seeing this.

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    What kind of potatoes work best with this recipe?

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    I have a 5 lb. chuck roast. How long would I cook it to make this pot roast?

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    I think a pot roast needs gravy.. And broth…. Does anybody agree? My both is not thick like gravy….

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      Kristel Poole

      Hi, Larry, thanks for your comment! If you’d like your remaining sauce to be a little thicker after your pot roast has finished cooking, simply separate all the cooked ingredients and transfer the liquid to a sauce pot. Over medium-high heat on a stove, reduce the sauce until it’s the consistency you desire. Of, if you’d like, you can add cornstarch to thicken. Hope this helps you achieve the gravy texture you’re looking for, Larry. Thanks again for visiting our blog!

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      I add a can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom shop to this and it makes it’s own gravy. If it is too thin add a little corn starch blended in cold water to thicken.

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    Mercedes Ly

    Hi, my pot roast is in the crockpot not and looks nothing like the picture.. It’s not tender or dark.. What am I doing wrong?

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      Kristel Poole

      Hi Mercedes, thanks for your comment. How long did the pot roast cook? It may not be done yet. Please let us know so we can help you better. Thanks so much!

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    I followed the recipe, but my pot roast isn’t tender and didn’t fall apart. This is the second time this has happened. Any ideas on what I should do?

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      Kristel Poole

      Hi Chloe, thanks for commenting! There are many factors that could go into this situation. Some questions I’d ask to start would be: how big was your roast? did you use the exact same cut of roast? did you cook the roast on HIGH or LOW setting? did you add the vegetables to the crock before or after the meat? Sometimes, even a small difference in a recipe can make for a change in outcome. Let us know if you can think of any minor differences, and we’ll be glad to help. Thanks!

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    any recommendations for herbs? I know that it’s a preference thing, but what typically works with this combination? thanks!

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      Kristel Poole

      Great question, Yael! A classic beef pot roast lends itself well to most herbs, especially thyme. Sage and rosemary are also good choices, and parsley is a crowd-pleasing garnish.

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    betty deckard

    Would love to have a new slow cooker to make all these recipes

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    Question: Do you have to completely cover the meat with liquid when cooking the pot roast?

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      Kristel Poole

      Hi Lori, what a great question! No, you don’t have to cover the meat with liquid when you make pot roast. Happy cooking!

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    That Pot Roast looks so delicous!!!

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    Love these slow cookers

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    Tashena Lynette Gonzales

    Can never have too many slow cookers!

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    need a crockpot

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    What classy slow cookers! Fun too!

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    Looks tasty

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    Wanda Carnes

    Looks delicious! Have to try it.

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    The brownie recipe sounds so good. I’ve never made desert in my slow cooker before.

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    Love to try the brownies in a crock

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    I would love to try your brownie recipe plus many others.

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    I’d love to make the recipe you’ve shown on this page. I’m getting really hungry just looking at it!

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    Kathy C in OR

    Love making vegetable soup in the crock pot.

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    Slow cooker pot roast would be a great entre for the weekly “Porch Party”I have with my friends ! ;)

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    Rhea Frawley

    Venison stew :D

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    Connie Hutmacher

    I love to use my crockpot and am always looking for new recipes!

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    Michelle Reynolds


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    I need more crock pot ideas. I feel that I don’t know how to use it to it’s full advantage. If I did, I am sure it would really help with dinners!

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    Big pot of beef stew yum

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    My favorite thing to make in the crockpot is a pork roast with cream of mushroom, makes awesome gravy!!

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    I would like to make venison chili!

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    I love Ham and beans in the Crock pot it makes the house smell SOOOOO good

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    Making dinners in our crockpot is the best way for me to give my family a healthy delicious meal since I work full time!

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    I love my crockpot and always have! Pot roast, chicken stew, shredded pork you name it, It’s in there! Always love to find new ways to cook in it!

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    Therese Aguirre

    I’d like to experiment with a vegan “pot roast” recipe. Not quite sure how, lol, but will have fun eating my mistakes!

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    Mona Wimberly

    Some nice hot chili

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    I use mine all the time, but have never tried a dessert, so I think that would be fun!

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    Would LOVE to make my creamy italian pasta chicken in this!!!

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    Roberta Henderson

    Very cute

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    Nannette Thornton

    My first recipe would be my Grandmothers “Sauerbraten.”

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    Alison McClure

    This recipe sounds amazing!!!

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    Ray Havranek

    anything beef

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    I’d love to try the pot roast recipe. With winter coming it’s perfect stew time.

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    Zebra print would add a wow factor.

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    oooo…. butternut squash soup….

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    Sharon Ridge

    I would love a 3 quart crock pot to make all the great looking vegetable recipes I have found on the hamilton beach site. I use my 5 quart hamilton beach crock pot for all kinds of great meats, and I can’t wait to expand!

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    linda gorman

    nothing like pot roast on a chilly day to warm you–real comfort food

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    this pot roast looks delicious! i would like to make either that or a nice beef stew, just in time for chilly fall weather :)

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    Excellent Pot Roast

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    Diana Huffer

    I would love to make the yummy Pot Roast! :)

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    Nettie O'Connor

    I would love to make that Beef Pot Roast Recipe

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    Pamela Summers

    Stew Beef with carrots and potatoes

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    beef stew

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    Melissa Schoepf

    Potato Soup in a crockpot is the best.

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    Linda Snyder

    a brisket

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    pork chops

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    I would love to make some apple sauce. Mmmmm, would smell like fall and I will get a yummy treat.

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    we like any chicken in the crock

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    denise medlin

    For over 25 years I could not have survived without my crockpot…ready for an upgrade and more great recipes!!!

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