Pot roasts are cuts of meat that are slowly cooked and tenderized in a covered pot. The meat can be combined with vegetables, potatoes and liquid for a full one-pot meal. For the easiest pot roast, put all your ingredients in a slow cooker on the “low” setting for seven to nine hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker, an oven-safe casserole dish or heavy pan will work.

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Heat the oven to 300 F.

Trim excess fat from the cut of meat and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

Brown the roast in a lightly oiled pan for about 5 minutes.

Place the meat and onions in a Dutch oven or a large oven-proof casserole dish.

Heat tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and water, broth or wine over low heat for five minutes in the pan that was used for browning the meat.

Pour the liquid over the meat.

Bake for 4 to 5 hours. Add root vegetables to the pan one hour before cooking is complete.


  • Tougher cuts of meat work best.

  • Season the meat with spices before browning for best flavor.

  • Vegetables should be added with the meat for a slow cooker pot roast.