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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

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This Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast is not only simple and delicious, but it’s so tender it falls apart as you shred it. A perfect hearty meal. We’ve been making this Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast for years, and I’ve learned some tricks over the years that make it flavorful and so tender that it shreds easily. No more tough roasts.

I especially love to make this Beef Roast on Sundays, when we have a busy day but still want a hearty family dinner. I put the roast in the morning, let it cook all day, and then just before dinner all I need to make are mashed potatoes and some veggies. And it smells so good as it’s cooking!

My secrets for the best tasting roast are: 1) A good cut of meat (chuck roast or top round roast are best), 2) using lots of liquid in the slow cooker and cooking it on high all day – lots of liquid and high heat make this roast so tender and flavorful (the longer the better!), and 3) this Better than Bullion Beef Paste. It gives the roast such a great depth of flavor. I love this Brand of products (their Chicken base is also great).

Roasted Beef Base

Lastly, for great pot roast you want a great gravy. I’m also sharing my recipe for easy simple beef gravy below. I love to drizzle a little gravy over this roast. It’s especially good paired with mashed potatoes. And you can even throw any additional veggies you’d like into the slow cooker as well. We usually do carrots and sometimes onions. And greens taste great on the side like a salad, brussels sprouts, or green beans.

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

This Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast is not only simple and delicious, but it's so tender it falls apart as you shred it. A perfect hearty meal.
Shannon Lyon
Serving Size 8


Beef Pot Roast

  • 2-4 pound beef chuck roast or beef top round roast
  • 3 tablespoons beef base, per pound of roast (Better than Bullion Beef Base is my favorite)
  • 2 cups of hot water, per pound of roast
  • optional, can add additional veggies to cook in broth, like carrots, onions, or potatoes

Simple Beef Gravy

  • 3 cups broth from slow cooker, strained
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


Beef Pot Roast

  • Before placing beef roast into the slow cooker, you will add your Beef Base and hot water. Using 3 tablespoons of beef base per pound of meat, and 2 cups of hot water per pound of beef, add base and hot water to slow cooker. Using a whisk, mix until the beef base is spread throughout the water. It doesn't have to be totally dissolved, just dispersed throughout.
  • Add beef roast to slow cooker. Cook on high for 6-8 hours. Cooking it on high with lots of liquid will cause it to be tender and shred easily.
  • If desired, you can also add some additional veggies to the slow cooker, like carrots, onions, or diced potatoes. Just be sure not to pack it too full, so the water can cook the beef well.
    To check the roast to determine if it's done, see if it shreds easily with a fork.
  • Once done, remove roast from slow cooker into a large serving bowl and shred with 2 forks. It should be very tender and shred easily. Spoon some of the extra broth over the meat to keep it tender, then cover with foil until ready to serve.
    Meanwhile, make gravy.

Simple Beef Gravy

  • Place a strainer or sieve over a medium-sized pot. Pour 3 cups of the beef broth through the strainer into the pot. Heat strained broth over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until it's simmering.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and cornstarch, until there are no clumps.
  • Pour cornstarch mixture into simmering broth. Whisk well until cornstarch is incorporated and sauce bubbles and thickens. If it's too thick you can add a little more broth. If it's too salty add a little water.
  • Once it's incorporated and the desired thickness you'd like, remove from heat. Cover until ready to serve. Enjoy over beef pot roast and mashed potatoes.

Let me know if you get a chance to make this Easy Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast for your family… And be sure to tag me @plumstreetcollective if you make it. Hope you love it as much as we do!

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