Perfect Pot Roast for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to make the Perfect Pot Roast? Have you tried making these before and perhaps you wondered why it didn’t turn out exactly the way you wanted.

Even if you have never made a pot roast before, you can make a delicious braised pot roast with this easy recipe.

Maybe you have tried making a pot roast before, and it didn’t come out quite like you wanted. This recipe can help you turn a pot roast into something you can make at home. My grandfather had the best pot roast recipe, growing up, I loved going to my Grandparent’s house and enjoying a delicious roast. He would get home earlier than my grandmother so often he would start dinner, then go pick her up at work.

A pot roast is an economical way to feed a large number of people. Often relatively inexpensive cuts of meat are used for a pot roast. My personal favorite type of pot roast is a chuck roast. A chuck roast is well marbled and tends to be relatively inexpensive. If you don’t want to use a chuck roast you could use a trimmed brisket or a round roast like an eye of round.

There are two primary ways of preparing a roast; there is a dry roasting method, those are typically used for cuts of beef that are more tender, for example, a tenderloin or a rib eye roast would be cooked with a dry cooking method. For cuts of meat that are tougher braising, cooking in liquid is the way to prepare a tender cut of beef.

You can make delicious braised beef pot roast even if you have never tried making this before.

My recipe is made in the oven; I like to use a dutch oven for making a roast. Sure, you can prepare this in a slow cooker, but sometimes I love using my oven. You will begin preparing this pot roast by liberally seasoning your roast with salt and pepper. You will then add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a large pan over medium-high heat, and you will brown the roast on all sides. Browning of this meat will make it extra flavorful. Once the meat is browned on all sides you will want to add in all of the remaining ingredients; you will pop the lid on, and then bake in the oven at 350 degrees. The meat will take at least 20 minutes per pound to cook, or until the roast reaches 150 degrees. If your roast is a little tough after cooking, you should cook the roast for a bit longer.

Meat can vary, and it is isn’t realistic that every cut of meat will behave like every other cut of meat. Sometimes you may need to cook your roast a little longer; it’s ok. With additional cooking time, it will come out tender.

Now let’s talk about what you should serve with your roast. I like to make mashed potatoes when I serve roast.

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Even if you have never made a braised pot roast before, you can make a delicious pot roast with this easy recipe.
Even if you have never made a pot roast before, you can make a delicious braised pot roast with this easy recipe.

Perfect Pot Roast for Beginners

Even if you are a beginning cook you can make a delicious pot roast.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Pot Roast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 369kcal


  • 4 pound chuck roast
  • 14 ounces canned tomatoes
  • 12 ounces Guinness
  • 1 cup celery sticks cut into thirds
  • 1 cup carrots you can use baby cut carrots
  • 2 medium white onions cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil for browning


  • Begin by heating a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large pot. Heat the oil until it is hot. While the oil is heating, liberally salt and pepper the roast. Brown the roast in the pot with the heated oil until the sides are brown. You are not going to fully cook the roast at this time. Add in all of the remaining ingredients. Put a lid on the pot and cook at 350 degrees. Please see the cooking chart a good guide is 1 hour plus 15 minutes for each pound of beef.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2310IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Cam

    I’ve tried a lot of your recipes and really enjoy them. I wish I could find a recipe for chicken pot pie that tastes like/almost like Banquets. I’ve tried multiple recipes and other brands but, they are not the ones I like. Do you have a recipe for one that is close?

  2. Angelina

    Thanks Stephanie, as I now see where you’re going with the chicken stock. I plan to make this Pot Roast tomorrow evening, so I’m very anxious to see how it turns out. I don’t think that there’s any way to mess this recipe up, I’m sure that it will be delicious!

    • Stephanie

      I would recommend chicken stock, definitely. A lot of people think it is weird, but I do this in my beef stew. I love the way meat flavors layer together.

      • Faith Kramer

        I always use chicken or even vegetable stock in my braised meat. I think beef stock, especially if hosing commercial, is too strong and dominates the flavors.

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