Lazy Pot Roast Recipe

I started with the Lisa’s Lazy Pot Roast recipe from The Complete Meat Cookbook but I modified it by adding more vegetables after the pot roast had cooked. First, the basic pot roast, which is FANTASTIC! I used a 7-blade roast, which was on sale at my local grocery. I did the rub, let it sit out an hour, then browned it, then put it in the oven for a few hours. Aidell says if you’re in a hurry, skip the rub. If you need to, skip the browning and just throw it in the oven with the onions and garlic and stock. I did this the night before I planned on serving it so I could easily skim the fat off the next day after it hardened. Then I cooked the vegetables and heated it all up together. Yum!

Lisa's Lazy Pot Roast

  • Rub
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt (or maybe 3/4 tsp of regular salt)
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Pot Roast
  • 1 beef brisket, chuck roast or 7 blade roast
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth or beef broth (you may need a bit more)
  • 5 cups onions, sliced thinly
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 3 stalks of celery, cut in chunks
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
  1. Combine the spices in a small dish, then rub over both sides of the chuck roast or beef brisket. Let it sit an hour at room temperature or do this the night before, seal in a zipper bag, and refrigerate until you're ready to cook.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350. In a large oven-proof skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil, then brown the meat on all sides. Remove the meat to a dish, pour off any excess fat but leave a bit in the pot. Pour the broth in and deglaze the pan, turning the heat to medium while stirring the broth to loosen any browned bits on the pan's bottom.
  3. Put the roast back into the pan with the broth and browned bits. Put the garlic and onions on top, then cover and bake an hour.
  4. Remove the cover, turn the roast so it's now on TOP of the onions and cook uncovered another hour or so. Keep an eye on it and add more liquid if you need to. After the first half hour, stir the onions so they brown evenly.
  5. Now, put the cover back on, again stirring and checking to make sure there's some liquid. Add more water or broth if you need to. Cook another hour or so, until it basically falls apart if you pull at it with a fork. Brisket will take a bit longer than the chuck roast.
  6. Take the meat out and put it on a plate, covering loosely with foil. If you're eating it tomorrow, let it cool a bit, then cover tightly and refrigerate. That's what I did. If you did, pull it out to come to room temperature while you start the vegetables. If you want to do it all on the same night, start the vegetables about 1/2 an hour before the pot roast should be done.
  7. Simmer the carrots and celery and potatoes in a bit of salted water until tender. Large chunks (1") will take about 25 minutes. Drain them but leave a bit of liquid in the pot if you refrigerated the pot roast. (If not, add the vegetables to the liquid with the pot roast.)
  8. Slice the pot roast if it isn't totally falling apart. Put in the pan with the cooked vegetables and bring to a simmer, then serve.

If you like, serve with a bit of salsa verde on the side.

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