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Pot Roast

Pot roasting or braising is simple. Long, slow cooking yields an irresistibly tender roast from some of the most economical and flavourful cuts of beef. Once the roast is simmering, the work is done, with little to clean up.

Get Ready

  1. SEASON roast, in lightly oiled Dutch oven or stockpot, brown roast over medium-high heat.
  2. ADD 1 to 2 cups liquid such as red wine, broth, canned tomatoes or soup.
  3. COVER and simmer on stove top or in 325°F (160°C) oven for 3 hours or until fork-tender (or simmer in slow cooker on LOW for 8 to 10 hours).
  4. ADD chunks of vegetables for final 45 minutes, if desired. Skim fat from sauce and season to taste

TIME SAVER: Browning Pot Roast before cooking helps to develop beef flavour BUT if pressed for time, you can skip this step without too much sacrifice.

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Common Cuts

Brisket Pot Roast Boneless

Brisket Double/Point End/ Deckle

Blade Pot Roast Boneless

Bottom Blade Pot Roast Boneless

Top Blade Pot Roast

Cross Rib Pot Roast Boneless

Myth Buster

MYTH:

You brown the meat before braising to lock in the juices.

TRUTH:

Searing does not lock in juices, but it does help to add flavour and to add colour to the sauce. If you don’t have time to do the browning step not to worry – the results will still be delicious.

Tips for Perfect Pot Roast

Cooks Notes:

Cook a pot roast on Sunday to enjoy the next night. Just arrange slices of leftover cooked roast in a baking dish with pan juices, cover and refrigerate. To reheat, cover pan with foil and heat in 325°F (160°C) oven for 30 minutes or until hot.

Slow cookers make Pot Roasts a good fit for weekday dinners.

TIME SAVER: Browning Pot Roast before cooking helps to develop beef flavour BUT if pressed for time, you can skip this strep without too much sacrifice.

Roast Beef refers to a cut that has a chunky shape – often like a cylinder or cube. Roasts can have a range of sizes cut to suit you, from 1 lb (500g) Quick Roasts to 10 lb (4.5kb) or more. They come with a range of tenderness and require one of three basic cooking methods.

All Canadian roasts are sorted into 3 BASIC COOKING CATEGORIES so you know what you’re buying and how to cook it: Choose from OVEN ROAST, POT ROAST and ROTISSERIE ROAST.

Size Matters: Butchers recommend you buy enough beef for generous servings or to allow for leftovers:
• Buy 6 to 8 oz (175 to 250g) raw beef per person (boneless roast)
• Buy 12 oz (375g) raw beef per person (bon-in roast)

Make-ahead Tip:

Pot Roasts actually taste better when made the day ahead! Here’s how: Refrigerate cooked pot roast overnight in its braising sauce. Next day, skim any fat from sauce and thinly slice roast crosswise; place meat in ovenproof casserole. Heat sauce and pour over meat. Cover and heat in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 25 minutes.

Slow Cooker Solution:

Beef slow-cooker meals are the ultimate in convenience. To convert your favourite stew or pot roast recipe to cook in the slow cooker following these simple steps:

  1. BROWN beef, onion and garlic on stove-top (as usual); transfer to slow cooker insert.
  2. DEGLAZE the pan used for browning and add to meat in slow cooker insert.
  3. ADJUST cooking liquid from recipe, using 30 to 50% less cooking liquid.
  4. CHOOSE the LOW setting on slow cooker (HIGH heat can cause meat to be stringy and overcooked).
  5. ADD fresh herbs and sweet green pepper near end of cooking.
  6. ADJUST seasonings to taste before serving.

Cuts used with Pot Roasting

Raw, Brisket Pot Roast Boneless

Brisket Pot Roast Boneless

One of the most flavourful beef cuts, Pot Roast needs to be slowly simmered/braised for optimal tenderness. Brisket can also be cooked slowly on the grill by indirect heat or it can be smoked or made into corned beef.


Raw, Brisket Double/ Point End/ Deckle

Brisket Double/ Point End/ Deckle

The thicker section of the brisket that is ideal for barbecue smoking and for turning into pulled beef. Bold beefy flavour. Tender when slowly-cooked and thinly sliced. It is also good marinated and slow roast/pot-roast/braise.


Raw, Blade Pot Roast

Blade Pot Roast

One of the best beef cuts for pot roast or cut into chunks for stew, slowly simmer/ braise in a seasoned broth in a covered container for optimal tenderness.


Raw, Bottom Blade Pot Roast Boneless

Bottom Blade Pot Roast Boneless

One of the best beef cuts for pot roast or cut into chunks for stew, slowly simmer/braise in a seasoned broth in a covered container for optimal tenderness.


Raw, Top Blade Pot Roast

Top Blade Pot Roast

The best beef for pot roast or pulled beef or cut into chunks for stew. Slowly simmer/braise in a seasoned broth in a covered container for optimal tenderness.


Raw, Cross Rib Pot Roast Boneless

Cross Rib Pot Roast Boneless

A lean flavourful beef cut, Pot Roast needs to be slowly simmered/braised for optimal tenderness, much like stew.


Raw, Brisket Flat End

Brisket Flat End

Thinner section of the brisket that is ideal for corned beef. Bold beefy flavour. Tender when slowly-cooked and thinly sliced. Also good marinated and slow roast/pot-roast/ braise.


Raw, Shoulder Pot Roast

Shoulder Pot Roast

A lean flavourful beef cut, Pot Roast needs to be slowly simmered/braised for optimal tenderness, much like stew.


Pot Roast recipes

prep time

20 min

cook time

2 hr
Oven-Braised Beef CurryChef Rahil selected boneless beef short ribs from the Canadian Beef Information Gateway to make his version of a traditional braised beef curry. Aromatic but made with just a few basic pantry ingredients and standard braising technique so it’s not daunting for even ‘curry beginners’ to make. Beef short ribs are well marbled so the meat is moist and tender when braised and oh so flavourful!

prep time

20 min

cook time

40 min
Pistachio-crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri SauceChopped pistachio nuts make a unique crusted rub that contrasts with the tenderness of Beef Tenderloin. Let the chimichurri stand at room temperature while preparing the beef to allow the flavours to infuse into the oil.

prep time

10 min

cook time

55 min
Classic Meat Loaf with Tomato GlazeThis traditional meat loaf recipe is oozing with flavour and is moist and tender–just like mom used to make. The tangy tomato glaze is what makes it a classic!

prep time

15 min

cook time

35 min
Speedy Texas Toast Topped Steak & Mushroom Pot PieDelicious and easy to prepare, this speedy skillet version of classic pot pie uses flavourful Top Sirloin Steak instead of the traditional braising beef cuts and a super-simple top crust made from garlicky Furlani® Texas toast. Serve with steamed green beans or broccoli.

prep time

30 min

cook time

5 hr
House-Smoked Beef BrisketMost people don’t have a backyard smoker, so this recipe, while unconventional, allows anyone with a regular kitchen stove to produce a brisket with a natural wood-smoke flavor. Note that your house will smell like smoked meat for a couple of days afterward, but that’s not the worst problem to have.

prep time

15 min

cook time

45 min
Speedy Pasta PieSimple as pie… This recipe is way faster to make than lasagne, and you have the option of making two pans, so you can freeze one for a future meal (baking from frozen for about 1-1/2 hours). You can also assemble it ahead and refrigerate to bake later, baking for 10 minutes longer. When baked in a single lasagna pan, this recipe is perfect for potluck and buffet-style dinners.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2:30
Mixed Herb Pesto Stuffed Braised BeefThis stuffed, rolled beef tenderloin is the perfect entertaining recipe. The simple pesto recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Roll up the tenderloin like a jelly roll and tie with butcher twine every couple inches to secure the roll.

prep time

45 min

cook time

25 min
Beef and Cheese Egg Roll BitesHomemade egg rolls don’t have to be intimidating. This simple egg roll recipe is filled with thinly sliced beef tenderloin and cream cheese. These perfect bite-sized appetizers will impress your guests.

prep time

50 min

cook time

60 min
Oven Roast Beef Stuffed with Mushroom Barley RisottoWith beef tenderloin and a rich risotto made from barley and mixed mushrooms, this recipe is a showstopper. To simplify meal-planning, make the risotto ahead and store covered tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days. The recipe makes 5 cups of risotto which is plenty for stuffing the roast with 3 cups remaining that can be served as a meal unto itself or as a side along with the roast.

prep time

25 min

cook time

20 min
Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed SlawGround beef and smashed kidney beans are seasoned with warm spices and formed into a delicious meatball packed with protein and fibre – perfect for make ahead lunches and quick weeknight dinners. Use white kidney beans if you don’t want the kids to spot them.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Orange Balsamic Roast Beef with Herbed Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted FennelFeed a crowd with a modestly priced roast beef that is loaded with flavour and perfectly tender when cooked to medium-rare and carved into thin slices. Served with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa dish and roasted fennel bulb. You meet over all your daily needs for zinc and vitamin B12 with this one meal! This serving of beef provides 20% of heme iron – the type that is easiest for your body to absorb. Beef also boosts the absorption of the non-heme iron from the spinach by 150%.

prep time

10 min

cook time

4:30
Beef Prime Rib Roast with Berry Wine SauceCranberries and red wine give the sauce a rosie hue that's the perfect pairing with medium-rare roast beef and is pretty to take to the table.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:30
Beef Prime Rib Au JusAu Jus is just a fancy name for making a beef gravy recipe.

prep time

20 min

cook time

3 hr
Tangy Oktoberfest Roast BeefWith lots of veggies, this one pot recipe for Tangy Oktoberfest Beef Roast makes a roast that's juicy and tender with a flavour that everyone will love.

prep time

20 min

cook time

25 min
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Wine SauceHere is the perfect burger recipe when it gets to be too cold for grilling. When is a hamburger, not just a hamburger? When it's a Salisbury Steak served with this yummy wine and mushroom sauce!

prep time

15 min

cook time

2 hr
Roast Beef with Sun Dried Tomato SauceBeef roasts are easy to prepare and they practically cook themselves. Visit our Cooking Lessons to learn more and see more recipes.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:15
Mushroom-Crusted Roast BeefAdd something new to your roast beef repertoire with this Mushroon-Crusted Roast Beef recipe. Made from dried mushrooms, the crust adds an intense mushroom flavour to both the sauce and the roast beef. 

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Muffin-Sized Pizza Beef Meat LoavesThe recipe for these little Muffin-Sized Pizza beef meat loaves are the perfect size and flavour for children’s meals – serve them with the Vegetable Sauce and some pasta to complete the meal.

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Moroccan Mini Beef Quick Roast with Kasbah CouscousThe recipe for this adventurous weeknight Moroccan meal can be on the table with minimal time and effort by using the Mini Beef Quick Roast. Make the simple Kasbah couscous side-dish while the roast beef is cooking.

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Mini Beef Meat LoavesThese mini meat loaves can be served hot from the oven or wrap each cooled loaf individually and freeze them for future fast meals – they heat from frozen in minutes. Children love this Mini Beef Meat Loaf recipe!