The Most Delicious Sunday Roast {in the crockpot}

We love roasts at our house. I love them because it’s an easy dinner that is full of yummy flavor and I don’t have to watch it! It cooks all day in the crockpot and then we can enjoy a home cooked meal that is comforting and delicious! We have them all the time for Sunday dinner and I am here to tell you that what makes this roast so yummy is the seasoning! It’s simple but full of flavor!

We always use a chuck roast and mine are usually somewhere around 3-4 lbs. and they feed our family of 5 perfectly with a little leftover! I add carrots and potatoes but also at times (when they are in season) will add fresh green beans. I season and sear my roast and veggies first. Then in the crockpot it all goes with some beef broth to cook all day! It is a simple meal, delicious and filling…perfect for a lazy Sunday dinner (or midweek dinner when you are busy).

My seasoning for the roast and the vegetables is rosemary, thyme, kosher salt, some steak or prime rib seasoning (I love Traeger’s Prime Rib Rub for all my beef dishes) and then some beef broth for cooking. It is so easy, with simple flavors but the taste is out of this world!

Searing your meat when slow cooking is necessary! For years I never did it and thought it was a waste of time and not needed. But once I decided to give it a try, it is a step that I will never skip! Searing the meat helps lock in the juices which keeps the meat tender and full of flavor. It is worth it….trust me!

I season the meat, rubbing it first with a little olive or canola oil. Then I spread 1/2 of the seasoning mix all over the meat then sear it in a non-stick skillet on med-high heat. All it needs is a quick few minutes on each side until browned. After I sear the meat, I add some canola or olive oil to the veggies, add the rest of the seasoning mix and toss them to make sure they are all seasoned. I add them to the hot pan, to give them a good sear. Stir them to make sure they all get seared and a bit browned. I didn’t do this with my veggies to begin with and the taste was still pretty good, but once I decided to do it with my veggies, they taste so much better and it helps bring the flavors out more! Totally worth it!

I add my roast to the crockpot first, then my veggies on top and pour a can of beef broth in the crockpot for cooking. Set your crockpot to low and let it cook 8-9 hours.

After it has cooked, I use my turkey baster to get all the juices from the bottom of the crockpot to make some gravy! Homemade gravy is the best…I highly recommend doing this! If you don’t have a turkey baster, you can take the meat and potatoes out of the crockpot and put them on a plate. Tightly cover them with foil to keep them warm and then you will have just the juices in the bottom of the crockpot ready for the gravy. The gravy is simple! Pour your juices into a non-stick skillet or saucepan, and then mix some cornstarch and cold water together and pour it into juices. Whisk until it is smooth and mixed well. The sauce should thicken right away. If it doesn’t then mix some more cornstarch with cold water and slowly add the mixture little by little into your gravy until it is thick. After it has thickened, salt and pepper to taste (I never do because I love the flavor from the seasoning).

Take your meat and veggies out of the crockpot (if you haven’t already) and place on a serving dish or large plate and pour your delicious gravy over top!

Your family will love this and I bet it will be your new favorite Sunday Roast…comfort food that is simple, easy and delicious!

Hope you enjoy!

The Most Delicious Sunday Roast {in the crockpot}

This Sunday Roast is simple, but so delicious! A perfect meal for a Sunday Dinner…or any day of the week!
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 chuck roast, mine are usually 3-4 lbs. see notes
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and chopped into large pieces use your favorite type of potato, peeling is optional
  • 1/2 lb. carrots, peeled, and cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans (optional)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) beef broth
  • olive oil or canola oil – for searing meat and veggies

Seasoning Mix

  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning or beef rub seasoning I love Traeger's Prime Rib Rub – see notes
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt add more to taste as needed if you like it salty
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme

For the gravy (optional)

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp cold water

Instructions

  • Mix the Seasoning Mix together, set aside.
  • Take some olive oil (I usually use about 1 tbsp) and rub it all over your chuck roast. Take 1/2 of your seasoning mix and rub it all over your chuck roast.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over med-high heat, and sear both sides of the roast until browned (this should only take a few minutes on each side).
  • Place the seared meat in the bottom of your crockpot.
  • Take another 1- 2 tbsp. of olive oil or canola oil and toss your veggies in it. Add the rest of your seasoning mix to the veggies and give them a good toss, making sure they are all seasoned.
  • In your same hot skillet, add the veggies and sear them. Stir them to make sure they all get seared the best they can. Pour the seared/seasoned veggies over your seared meat in the crockpot.
  • Pour your can of beef broth in to the crockpot. Cook on low 8-9 hours.
  • If you are making gravy continue on! If you are not going to make gravy, take your meat out of the crockpot and place on a serving dish or large plate and enjoy!

If you are going to make gravy:

  • After the roast had cooked for 8-9 hours, take the juices out of the bottom of the crockpot using a turkey baster and set the juices aside in a small dish. Leave the meat and potatoes in the crockpot to stay warm while you make the gravy! If you don't have a turkey baster, you can take the meat and potatoes out of the crockpot and put them on a plate. Tightly cover them with foil to keep them warm and then you will have just the juices in the bottom of the crockpot ready for the gravy.
  • Mix your cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a non-stick skillet or saucepan, on medium heat, pour the juices from the crockpot into the pan. Add the cornstarch/water mixture and whisk until combined and the juices start to thicken. Note: it should thicken right away! If it doesn't, mix up some more cold water and cornstarch and try it again! Salt and pepper to taste (optional).
  • Take your meat and veggies out of the crockpot and put them on serving tray or large plate (if you haven't already) and pour your fresh homemade gravy on top of them.
    Enjoy!

Notes

I use a 3-4 lb. chuck roast and it feeds my family of 5 perfectly with a bit left over sometimes (depending on appetites and serving size).
For the seasoning, you will need a steak seasoning or a beef rub seasoning to combine with the other seasonings the recipe calls for.  Just use your favorite steak seasoning or beef rub. I prefer one that has some salt, pepper, and garlic.  I always use the Traeger Prime Rib Rub (not getting paid to say that) and find the blend to be perfect when combined with the rosemary and thyme the recipe calls for.

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