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Pot Roast in Slow Cooker
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Pot Roast in Slow Cooker

Fork Tender Pot Roast with herbs, wine Prepared in SLow Cooker
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chuck roast, pot roast, slow cooker
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt more for seasoning at end
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground more for seasoning at end
  • 1 medium onion slivered
  • 3 carrots or handful baby carrots
  • 2 cups or more of beef stock
  • 1 cup dry red wine optional
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce if not using wine
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried

No Starch Gravy

  • 2 cups meat broth
  • 2 tablespoons xantham gum gel
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter

Xanthan Gum Gel


  • If possible, take meat out 30 minutes in advance to bring up the temperature before browning.
  • Add oil to frying pan that will fit the roast. Sautè garlic cloves just until golden. Remove garlic.
  • In same frying pan, brown the roast on both sides.
  • Slice the onions length-wise. Either use baby carrots or slice large pieces of carrot. Keep them in large chunks, as both will be removed at end of cooking.
  • Place vegetables in bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place the meat on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
  • Add the broth, and wine and make sure it comes up 3/4 of the way. If you are not using wine, add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. If you will not be available to turn the meat, halfway through, add more broth or water to cover completely.
  • Cook at least 6 hours on medium In slow cooker, turning the meat at least once midway.

No Starch Gravy

  • Remove meat to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Reserve a cup of the juice.
  • Strain the broth the meat has cooked in.
  • Put the broth Into a saucepan. Heat broth on medium heat.
  • Add In cold butter. Whisk rapidly until butter Is incorporated.
  • Add in xanthan gum gel or flour slurry if using that, and continue to whisk until gravy is thickened.

Xanthan Gum Gel

  • Put water into blender. Add xanthan gum. Blend for five minutes.