If there is one dinner recipe to cook from this week’s blog, THIS IS IT! I used to sear the post roast, open up a seasoning packet, pour it in, add some water and call it a good pot roast. Then, I began to experiment with different recipes (for over a year). In combining all of those experiments, this is what I came up with. We have been enjoying this recipe for almost a year now and it has never failed us!
1 (3-5lb) Chuck Roast
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Whole Onions, cut into wedges
2 Cups baby carrots
1 Cup celery, chopped
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 Cup red wine vinegar
2 cups prepared beef bullion or liquid beef stock
- Cut Onions into 1/8 wedges, chop celery, mince garlic (I buy the celery already chopped and the garlic already minced from the produce department)
2. Heat butter, add onions, celery, and garlic. Let brown, then put on a dish to the side.
3. Add carrot to the same hot skillet and slightly brown. Remove and add to the dish with the other vegetables.
4. Coat the outside of the roast in salt. Then sear in the hot skillet you used for the vegetables. This just helps seal in the natural juices in the roast. Now put it in the bottom slow cooker.
5. Now you are left with this kind of pan. That crusty stuff on the bottom is delicious, so lets use it!
6. Add the red wine vinegar and prepared beef bullion (I use 2 little cubes and 2 cups of hot water) to the hot skillet. Try to scrape all of the deliciousness off the bottom and incorporate it with the liquid.
7. Add pepper and thyme to the liquid.
9. Add vegetables to the slow cooker
10. Pour the liquid into the slow cooker. Your meat should be covered in liquid. Mix up and add more beef bullion, if necessary.
11. Turn the slow cooker on low and let it cook for 8-12 hours.
Hint: Cooking it slow is the best way to get a roast cooked just right. I think it’s just right when it is falling apart. I also use the Slow Cooker liners. It’s a big bag to put inside your cooker to help minimize clean up! They are awesome! Really! They are found in the grocery aisle with the baggies and foil. Enjoy!