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My Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

my favorite pot roastThere are scads of slow cooker pot roast recipes on the internet. Most of them consist of a combination of packaged seasoning mixes and condensed soup poured over a beef roast. I’ve tried several of these types of recipes. This one is my favorite. I found the recipe on Pinterest. It’s from the website You’re Too Crafty. This is certainly a popular recipe. It has been pinned over 9000 times.


pot roast ingredientsThe roast gets it’s flavor from a package of McCormick Slow Cooker Pot Roast Mix, a package of Au Jus Mix and Coca Cola or Pepsi. I’m sure you can use different types of roast, but I use a chuck roast.

carrots and onionsI place a few pieces of cut up carrot and onion in the bottom of my crock pot, with the theory that this allows some of the coke and seasonings to flow under the meat.

browned roastIn the past, I’ve made this pot roast without browning the meat. After reading several recipes that suggest browning the meat gives the roast more flavor, I thought I would try it. I browned the meat over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side. After placing the browned roast into my crock pot, I combined the water and pot roast seasoning mix together right in the skillet. I scraped up all the browned flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet. The mixture became thick like a gravy.

roast in crock pot

I poured the gravy mix from the skillet onto the roast. Then I carefully poured the cola along the sides of the roast, so as not to wash off the gravy coating on top. I added cola almost up to level of the top of roast, but not over the top of the roast. The next step is very important. Plug in your crock pot and TURN IT ON. Silly me, I forgot this step, and an hour passed before I realized my crock pot wasn’t even on.

After 8 hours of slow cooking, I removed the roast and placed it onto a cutting board. Just before I removed it, I pushed the roast down into the crock pot juices a little bit, so that some of the seasoning went into the juices.  After placing the roast on the cutting board, I sprinkled 3/4 of the Au Jus seasoning mix evenly over the meat. It dissolved and melted into the juices on top of the roast. I tented the roast with a piece of foil and let it rest while I made my gravy.

gravy makerI poured the juices from the crockpot thru a strainer into a pan. Then I used my gravy fat separator to pour the juices back into the pan. If you make gravy, I recommend one of these. You pour your pan dripping into the cup. The fat rises to the top. You pour out the juices and the fat remains in the cup. It’s much easier than trying to spoon the fat off the top.


Once I had all my juices, minus the fat, into a sauce pan I added the remaining 1/4 packet of Au Jus seasoning and brought it to a low boil over medium heat. Then, I shook the flour and water together in my nifty, vintage Tupperware mixer (you can also use a lidded jar).  While stirring the gravy, I slowly added the flour mix until it reached the constancy I desired.

my favorite pot roast 2The roast was unbelievably moist, and flavorful. I think browning the meat added to the flavor, and leaving the seasoning gravy mix on top of the meat while it cooked kept it from drying out. As for the gravy, what can I say, it was fantastic.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
An easy, tender, well seasoned, crock pot roast, served with a luscious, flavorful gravy.


  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for browning the beef)
  • 2-1/2 to 3lb Chuck or Cross Rib Roast
  • 1 McComick Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast seasoning packet
  • 1 Au Jus seasoning mix packet
  • 12oz Pepsi or Coca-cola
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons flour
  • pepper


Step 1. Place chopped carrot and onion in crock pot
Step 2. Brown the roast in a the vegetable, oil over medium- high heat, for 4 minutes, or until browned, on each side. Place in crock pot over top of onion and carrot pieces.
Step 3. In the same skillet (removed from the heat), combine 1 cup of water with the Savory Pot Roast seasoning. Scape any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Mix will be a thick gravy. Pour over top of roast in crock pot.
Step 4. Pour cola into the crockpot, around sides of roast, up to almost level with the top of the roast, but not over the top of the roast.
Step 5. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours (or 4 hours on High). DO NOT lift the lid.
Step 6. After 8 hours of cooking push the roast down into the crockpot juices to partially remove a bit of the gravy on top. Gently remove the roast from the crockpot and place on a cutting board. Sprinkle 3/4 of the Au Jus seasoning evenly over the top of the meat. Cover loosely with foil.
Step 7. To make the gravy, strain the juices in the crock pot. Spoon fat from the top. Pour into a saucepan, add remaining Au Jus seasoning, and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Combine 4 Tablespoons of flour with 1/2 cup of water, whisk until smooth. Slowly add to the pan juices, stirring constantly, stop adding when gravy is desired consistency. Season with pepper.
Step 8. Slice meat and serve with gravy.

Special Notes:

A recipe adapted from You're So Crafty website.

Posted in: Beef, Main Dish, RECIPES

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