Cooking Perfect Chuck Roast – Cook perfect chuck roast in the crock pot! I didn’t even have to run to the stockyards for this cut of beef.
There are many different ways to cook chuck roast and every cook has a favorite recipe. My recipe changes depending on the ingredients I have available but it always includes a healthy amount of garlic.
Prime Chuck Roast: This rather expensive cut of prime beef is well marbled as one might when compared to choice beef. Just like a steak, that marbling bastes the meat as it cooks and it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender as it slow cooks for hours surrounded by a sautéed carrots, celery and onions. The cloves of garlic also get to sizzle for a few minutes with the other veggies but not long enough to burn.
Brown the meat in a hot dutch oven on the stove top and then transfer to the slow cooker. Sauté the vegetables in the same pan, long enough to sweat down and release all the browned bits. Those tasty brown bits cling to the veggies and season them at the same time.
While the pan is still hot, pour in the water to heat and dissolve the bouillon cube. Voilà!
The 2 cups of beef bouillon were just enough to reach the top of the chuck roast but you will probably have to add some liquid during the cooking time. I know many cooks say not the raise the lid on a crock pot but I do – more than once. I simply adjust the overall cooking time.
The wonderful aspect about cooking perfect chuck roast is that the recipe can be adapted to suit a variety of taste preferences. Serve this creamy pot roast using thick cut chuck steaks and condensed mushroom soup over rich egg noodles.
This recipe is simple and straight forward using nothing more than McCormick® Montreal Steak seasoning. I did not even add fire roasted tomatoes and Italian herbs as I sometimes do to give the roast an Italian twist. Served with pasta, the flavor of the gravy is incredible.
What could be easier than giving this a Southwestern or BBQ signature with a change in spices and herbs? How about a hearty steakhouse chili? No ground meat in this dish – just chunks of prime chuck roast!
Mix your flour with barbecue rub spices or even the contents of a pouch of hot chili or taco seasonings! Use green and red peppers instead of carrots and celery. Add tomato juice or an undrained can of fire roasted tomatoes to the cooking liquid.
Make it “Hungarian” with smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves, onions, red peppers and shredded cabbage. Serve with steamed baby potatoes. Along with a rich broth as the cooking liquid, I often add red wine. It never hurts the recipe or the cook!
The cooking time for chuck roast is usually slow and low for hours – in this case 6 hours in the crockpot or nearly that long, on the stove top, in a cast iron dutch oven.
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Chef John made a video of his version but I hope you’ll try my way of cooking perfect pot roast!
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