how long to cook beef roast in crockpot

The cooking time for your pot roast will depend on your Crock-Pot’s setting. A three-pound roast usually takes four to five hours to cook thoroughly. A lower, slower setting will take six to eight hours for the most tender finish. Using a bone-in cut will enhance flavor but extend the cooking time.

With just a few minutes of prep, you can make this simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe with amazing results! Thanks to the crock pot, it’s fall-apart, fork tender, flavorful, and juicy. This is comfort food done right.

Served with Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, and Broccoli, this pot roast recipe makes a delicious and fuss-free meal.

Grab your crock pot because today, I’m not beating around the bush. It’s time to learn how to make a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast.

What You’ll Find In This Post

Crock pot beef roast is a main dish made by slow-cooking a chuck roast cut of beef in a slow cooker. The crock pot, which cooks on low and consistent heat, allows the meat to cook slowly over several hours, resulting in a fork-tender and succulent roast.

Here’s How You Make It

I love cooking roast in the slow cooker. It’s incredibly simple and yields perfectly tender and juicy roast (and has never once been dried out – hallelujah!) every single time. The best part is that you can throw all of the veggies in with the roast so it’s a wham-bam all-in-one dinner right there in your slow cooker.

  • Mix together the steak and Italian seasonings, then rub that seasoning all over the roast. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray or grease it in another way that you see fit. Add the spice rubbed roast, the broth, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery to the slow cooker. Put the lid on and cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 6.
  • Make the gravy when the beef pot roast is done in the slow cooker. Drain the liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker into a sauce pan. Add to that the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and let it come to a boil.
  • Next, in a small dish, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water. Add that slurry to the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it cook and stir occasionally until the sauce thickens. That will only take about 3-5 minutes.
  • Time to eat! Plate the dish by putting the slow cooker beef roast on a large serving platter and pull it apart with forks. Pour the gravy over the roast and add the veggies around the side.

how long to cook beef roast in crockpot

To make this pot roast with gravy in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you’re going to still follow all the instructions in step 1. Except, when it comes time to cook the beef, set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 90 minutes. Let the Instant Pot release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the rest of the pressure. Remove the roast with a slotted spoon, then switch to the Soup setting and add in your cornstarch slurry.

how long to cook beef roast in crockpot

Why This Recipe Works

EasyI love a good slow cooker recipe and this one is no exception. The instructions are pretty much to throw everything in a slow cooker and go do something fun for about 9 hours, then come back to a fully cooked, delicious, nutritious meal.

Filling – 11 people total in our house. Zero leftovers. Also? Zero complaints. No one was still hungry, no one was reaching for the chips at 8 pm before bed. We all had plenty of this beef pot roast and sides and we were all completely satisfied.

Simple – No fancy ingredients needed here for this beef pot roast. In fact, you probably have everything you need in your fridge and spice drawer. It’s really as simple as it gets.

Great for leftovers – Now, while I grew up with a huge family, my current family is only the five of us. I still make this moist beef roast quite often though, and I don’t change the quantities listed because we LOVE the leftovers! This meal will easily feed all of us for 2-3 dinners (or next-day lunches). Gotta love that!

how long to cook beef roast in crockpot

The cooking time for your pot roast will depend on your Crock-Pot’s setting. A three-pound roast usually takes four to five hours to cook thoroughly. A lower, slower setting will take six to eight hours for the most tender finish. Using a bone-in cut will enhance flavor but extend the cooking time.

FAQ

Is it better to cook a roast on high or low in slow cooker?

PRO TIP: It’s better to cook pot roast on the low setting rather than the high setting when it comes to pot roast. Your meat will be tender and delicious every time.

How long does raw beef take in slow cooker?

Cover the slow cooker and cook your beef joint for 5-8 hours on LOW or 3-6 hours on HIGH. A large topside joint requires around 5-6 hours on LOW setting or 3 on HIGH whereas a brisket can happily cook for up to 8 on LOW and 6 on HIGH. If you can, flip the beef joint over about halfway through the cooking.

Is it better to slow cook on low or high?

Ginny has been working with slow-cookers for over a decade, and her advice is to use the ‘Low’ slow cooker settings as much as you can, finding that most dishes really benefit from a slow, gentle heat to really bring out the flavours.

Why is my beef still tough after 4 hours in the slow cooker?

One common reason is that the meat may not have been cooked for long enough. Tough cuts of meat require longer cooking times to break down the collagen and connective tissues that make them tough. Additionally, the temperature of the slow cooker may not have been high enough to properly tenderize the meat.

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