Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It is freezing here in NJ!  I mean FREEEEEEEEZING!  The low tonight is -2°!  NEGATIVE two!

The temperatures outside made it very easy to pick this Slow Cooker Sunday meal.  It’s hearty and comforting; it should warm you right up!  The best part of this meal is that everything gets cooked right in your slow cooker: the pot roast, the potatoes, the vegetables, and even the gravy.  The meat itself is coated and then seared in a flavorful spice rub.  You definitely need to plan ahead with this meal.  There is some prep work before everything gets into the slow cooker.  It also should cook for a long time on low (I did 6 hours on high but think that 9 hours on low would be even better!).  It’s totally worth the time and the effort though (trust me)!

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Start with that flavorful spice rub…

  • Start with ½ tablespoon of ground back pepper in a small bowl.

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  • Add ½ tablespoon paprika.

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  • Sprinkle in ½ tablespoon dried parsley.

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  • Add ½ tablespoon garlic powder.

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  • Next, add 1 tablespoon dried thyme.

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  • Add 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt.

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  • Finish the spice rub with 1 tablespoon dried rosemary.

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  • Mix everything together.

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  • Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of EVOO over a 3 pound beef pot roast.

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  • Massage the oil into the roast, coating all sides.

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  • Sprinkle two-thirds of the spice rub all over the roast.

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  • Place the roast in the skillet.

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  • Sear on all sides.  (Make sure you develop good color!)

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  • Place the pot roast into the bottom of your slow cooker.

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  • While the meat sears, chop 1 onion, 2 stalks celery, and 5 carrots into chunks.  (I saved a little time by using baby carrots instead – they are already the perfect size!)

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  • Peel and chop 4 large baking potatoes.

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  • Place all of the vegetables into a large bowl.

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  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of EVOO onto the veggies.

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  • Sprinkle the remaining spice rub.

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  • Toss to combine.

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  • Place the vegetables on top of the roast in the slow cooker.

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  • Pour in 1 cup beef broth.

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  • Cover and cook on low for 9 hours (or high for 6 if you are strapped for time).

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  • Remove the meat and vegetables to a platter.

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  • Pour the cooking liquid into a small saucepan over medium heat.

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  • Bring to a boil.

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  • Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, creating a slurry.

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  • Pour the slurry into the sauce while whisking.

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  • Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes more until it thickens.
  • Serve the sauce over the meat (and veggies if you’d like!).

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Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 three pound beef roast
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 4 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
Directions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Drizzle half of the olive oil over the roast, rubbing it on.
  3. Combine the salt, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and parsley in a small bowl.
  4. Sprinkle two thirds of the spice mixture all over the roast.
  5. Sear the roast on all sides in the skillet.
  6. Place the roast in your slow cooker.
  7. Combine the carrots, potatoes, celery, and onions in a large bowl.
  8. Add the remaining olive oil and spice mixture.
  9. Toss to combine.
  10. Pour the vegetables over the beef in the slow cooker.
  11. Add the beef broth.
  12. Cover and cook on low for 9 hours (or high for 5-6).
  13. Remove the vegetables and meat from your slow cooker.
  14. Pour the cooking liquid into a small saucepan of medium heat and bring to a boil
  15. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
  16. Whisk well until there are no lumps to make a slurry.
  17. Add the slurry to the cooking liquid, whisking while you add it.
  18. Bring to a simmer and let cook for a minute or two until thickened.
  19. Pour the gravy over the meat when serving.
Notes
Adapted from: Joyously Domestic

 

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