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Pot Roast

Pot roast made from inexpensive (relatively) cuts of beef is still a great value, about $6/lb, tastes great and is easy to make.  Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and your local grocery store all have bottom round, chuck beef roasts from October into the late winter.

Total time: about 2.5 hours

Cooks for about: 1 hour 15 min
Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3.5 to 6 lbs, Beef Chuck roast or Bottom Round or Top Round.  Chuck is more tender.
  • Olive oil - 3 or 4 tablespoons to brown the meat
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onions 2 to 4 large sweet onions
  •  1.5 to 3 cups Chicken or Beef broth
  • 1.5 to 2 lbs of peeled baby carrots
  • 3 lbs of small potatoes, or large potatoes cut into 1.5 inch chuncks, Red Potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes small ones are best
  • 2 teaspoons minced Garlic
  • 3 to 4  cups Chicken and/or Beef broth (low sodium type)
  • 1 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh thyme, rosemary and parsley several sprigs each or 1 tablespoon dry each.

Directions

Step 1 - Clean the crockpot / slo-cooker

Just wash out the ceramic bowl

Step 2 - Brown the beef cubes

Heat the olive oil in a large pot (the tall sides work better than a fry pan to over splattering hot oil) . Gently lay the beef in the hot oil. Brown and flip until it is evenly browned, about 10 minutes over medium to medium-high heat.

Step 4 - Chop the onions

When the beef is browning, chop the onions. anything under 1/2 inch will do.

Step 5 - Sauté the onion

Remove the browned beef cubes, but retain the oil and liquid. Then lightly brown the onions in the pot. Add the herbs, seasonings and garlic. .

Step 6 - Fill the crockpot

I put the liquids in first.  Next onions and spices in the bottom, then the beef.

Step 7 - Cook for 3 hours

At first on high. After the first hour or 2, turn to medium or low. Every crockpot is different, You want to see it simmering but not boiling so hard that you risk burning the bottom.

Step 8 - Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for 1 more hour

Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for another hour to 90 minutes until they are tender.!