Sweet and Savory CrockPot Pot Roast Recipe

Can you have too many pot roast recipes?


I didn't think so.

I resurrected a forgotten roast with some simple pantry staples on a terribly windy and rainy day--- the kind of day where you'd just feel foolish for leaving the house.

I don't like to feel foolish.

The Ingredients.

serves 6

  • 4 pounds beef rump or chuck roast
  • 2 onions, sliced in rings
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup (I bought the Organic. the marketing worked!)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups baby carrots (optional--I've made this with or without.)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker.

Put the roast into the bottom of your pot, and add onion slices, separated into rings.

Pour in brown sugar, vinegar, and ketchup.

Toss in carrots (if using).

Pour broth evenly over the top.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the meat has reached desired tenderness.

If you find your meat isn't quite as tender as you'd like prior to serving, remove it from the pot, cut it into a few pieces, then return to the crock, and cook on high for about an hour.

Tough and/or dry meat isn't from over slow cooking--it's from under slow cooking!

serve over mashed potatoes. I made these---and the kids gobbled it all up.

The Verdict.

You really can't go wrong with a sweet glaze on top of meat. It's delicious, and makes everyone happy.

more pot roast recipes:

super simple cranberry roast
java roast
old fashioned pot roast
3-packet roast
tex mex roast
jalapeno pot roast
pomegranate beef
sweet mustard roast

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at December 10, 2010

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What they say about this recipe

  1. You're right, you can't have too many of these recipes! Thank you for sharing one!

  2. Stephanie, I like that the ingredient list is not long. This is right up my alley and perfect! . I love slow-cooked meal especially in the winter.

  3. I am fairly new to following your blog (but have already tried some different recipes - thanks!!) and was wondering if people ever suggest/give slow cooker recipes to you. After following a couple of your strands I think that I have 2 that you may like. If yes, how would you prefer them?

  4. Hi Emily,
    I love new recipes, thank you! You can email me, or post it on the forums.
    your choice.

  5. We love pot roast in the winter months and this recipes looks both easy and delicious. Going to have to give it a try

  6. This is so crazy, tonight I made pot roast and I threw in carrots, onion powder, beef broth, spicy brown mustard and chili sauce. Very sweet and savory and we had mashed potaotes as well!! I guess great minds think alike!!!


  7. Sounds delicious. If only I could find a way to do a vegetarian pot roast. Some day I'll figure it out. Thanks!

  8. Oh good!! I bought a roast at the store yesterday and knew I'd find a good recipe here. I thought I'd have to search a bit, but this was perfect timing. Thanks!

  9. I'm heading downstairs to pull out the roast from the freezer! This looks great and it will probably be tomorrows dinner! Thanks!

  10. I have to thank you for this project AND this blog. It is sheer and utter brilliance. I am choosing to devote 2011 to living more simply and will most certainly be cooking from here to help my cause! Thank you.

  11. This is the next recipe that I will be trying... Or will it be that delicious sounding chocolate dessert??? Who knows! I updated my blog tonight and thought you might want to know!

    -Kristin in VA Beach-

  12. I get your e-mails of your posts, and it looked like it read 64 pounds beef rump or chuck roast.

    LOL! That's LOTS of meat! I checked here, and see how the servings and the pounds ran together!

    This looks like a great one to try (with 4 lbs of beef!)

  13. Anonymous12/12/2010

    I love this site and often refer to it when looking for something to make for dinner using the crockpot. Thank you for much for keeping us informed of all these great recipes.

    Cheers to you and your family for a wonderful holiday,
    Dana Morrison, Austin-TX

  14. You can never have too many! Sounds delicious :)

  15. I made this tonight. It was really tasty. Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. NICE : ) Copied, printed, and shared on my blog!

  17. I made this yesterday and it was awesome! I am not usually a fan of pot roast because when my mother made it the meat was always dry. I had a busy day at work so it was great to come home to an already made dinner.

  18. Anonymous12/17/2010

    Appreciate all the hard work you put into the recipes and this site!! Have found wonderful recipes here!!! As one who has to eat gluten free, I really appreciate all you do1!!! Keep up the great job!!!!
    Karen S.

  19. I made this tonight and I really liked it. Hadn't used my slow cooker in awhile and now I want to use it more!