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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast Recipe

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast Recipe

Slow-simmered and seasoned with rosemary, mustard and thyme, this tender and tasty pot roast is so easy to make and always a hit. Substitute burgundy or brandy plus a half cup of water for the broth…the aroma is wonderful! —Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 pound medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth


  • 1. Place potatoes and carrots in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half. Combine the mustard, rosemary, garlic salt, thyme and pepper; rub over roast.
  • 2. Place in slow cooker; top with onion and broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
    Freeze option: Place sliced pot roast and vegetables in freezer containers; top with cooking juices. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 352 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.

Reviews for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast

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Mpharrison User ID: 8958596 255824
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"This turned out fabulous. I used fresh herbs and added 1 cup of water and a package of brown gravy mix about an hour before it was done. I will definitely make this again."

mountainmom51102 User ID: 8957793 255722
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"This was the first time I've ever cooked a Pot Roast in my crockpot.. It was a success. Meat is very tender, as are the pots and carrots, ( I added 1 stalk of celery as well ) however, I did add a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, the last hour, because the flavor wasn't very powerful.. I barely used Rosemary and Thyme, so I didn't have an issue with over powering taste.. Family loved it , I'll definitely make it again.


jaaannie_p User ID: 8945870 254930
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"I normally use the "Flavorful Pot Roast" recipe from Taste of Home, but decided to venture out and try this recipe because at a glance it has a 4 star rating and #1 ribbon, but DO NOT waste your time on this recipe. It may melt in your mouth, but it is bland and awful. At the last minute, I added the contents from the flavorful recipe just to not ruin my roast!"

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 252844
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"It was okay, nothing spectacular."

Sirmons User ID: 8890856 250228
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2016

"I joined this site JUST to be able to warn others about this horrible recipe. I ruined a $20 roast with this horrible method of "melt in your mouth" pot roast. The meat (after nearly 13 hours off slow cooking) was rubbery and very bland. This is the worst recipe on the planet. Do not use these directions."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 246593
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"Very Good, Used a venison roast instead of beef turned out great and it just fell apart."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 246452
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Sorry to say the meat was quite tasteless. As another reviewer stated, everything tasted like rosemary ..... So disappointing!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 8791311 244826
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Terrible. Meat was not tender and the flavor was so bland. Ended up taking a bite and throwing away"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 236799
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"A little different take on classic pot roast. Just as good."

jbutler321 User ID: 8517277 231964
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"I made this today and loved it; however I did not use the mustard and rosemary. I do love Dill on these vegetables. When we were growing up, our mother would use the roast and gravy and put it on a white piece of bread for a lunch.

You have to really cook pot roast the way you like it. We just used plane and simple vegetables butter, salt and pepper. Of course our mother could make those old fashion yeast rolls which were incredible. I still can not make them."

sheilaopatchen User ID: 8422798 228269
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"I have made this recipe several times and my husband loves it each time. We aren't carrot or onion people so I only put potatoes. And I usually double the broth so we have lots of gravy, and add just a tbls of corn starch in the slow cooker to thicken. The rub is great (but be careful with the Rosemary). This is my go to recipe every time and it's so easy :)"

Deanna89 User ID: 6810572 223724
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"Not bad. The rosemary is overpowering and the "rub" doesn't really do anything flavor wise, but my family enjoyed it. I'll probably make it again without all the herbs."

kmh1010 User ID: 7667333 147677
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Worst pot roast I ever had. Ended up throwing it away and ordering takeout. Very disappointing. Followed recipe as written."

badjrsgord User ID: 7743929 162168
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"This was great. Just starting to cook using crockpot. Great flavor. I'd put more carrots in the next time, potatoes too."

mimirita User ID: 6302531 162167
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"Followed the recipe, found the flavor odd... Not good enough to make again."

neeper500 User ID: 5734290 94773
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"This was my first pot roast recipe and it was a hit! I don't eat red meat, but my husband does. I wanted to cook something special for him and was a bit worried due to my lack of experience with red meat. (I didn't even know what I was looking for in the beef section at the grocery store and had to ask the butcher!!) Anyways.... This was so simple! Followed the recipe but added about a cup more broth. Cooked it for 8 hours while I was at work. My husband was so excited when he tried it! He loved it! He said it was so flavorful and tender. I will definitely be keeping this recipe!"

rjpjbp User ID: 7546181 147675
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"OMG this is fantastic. Wasn't sure about the mustard but turned out so tender you could cut it with a fork. My husband can eat it wih his teeth out. Really really good. Well make again"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 162423
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"Very tasty meal! Cooked on low for 7-8 and meat was not dry and the Dijon adds a nice flavor."

tklopat90 User ID: 7633610 75162
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"This recipe is most definitely sensational. My husband and kids love it. I double up on the ingredients for the mixture that you rub onto the meat. I also add more potatoes and carrots along with celery. I double up on the onions and i cook it for about 8 to 8 1/2 hours depending on the size of the meat. This has become one of my all time favorite recipes. It is not bland at all. I even recommend this recipe to family and friends."

vkwaters User ID: 7581628 94771
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"amazing, full of flavor and never needed salt aside from the garlic salt. I made certain that I frequently poured the juices over the meat to prevent the drying and about an hour before I was ready to serve it, I pulled it apart for the meat to absorb the flavor. Not necessarily a great recipe for adding the ingredients and forgetting about it for 6 hours but certainly a fantastic recipe for a day when you can tend a bit to your crock pot. Makes a great gravy and for leftovers, we will be having french fries and roast beef with gravy."

oksana_n User ID: 6260908 163475
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"Meat was dry. Kids refuse to eat. Husband said it was OK. Did not keep left overs"

SJS9 User ID: 4019106 147504
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"I am sorry to say that I disagree with most everyone on the success of this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and found it to taste like a boiled piece of meat with no flavor at all."

Petra2013 User ID: 7095615 162445
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Good recipe, next time I will cut down the rosemary seasoning."

ktbaby22 User ID: 6749039 147578
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"This was good. Not fabulous. My husband really liked it, I was so-so. The meat was tender and perfect. The vegetables were cooked to perfection as well. The flavor was good but it felt very oily and heavy. I had to be careful to not eat too much because it was too heavy for me. It wasn't the hearty healthy pot roast I was looking for."

Jason7467 User ID: 7040753 94386
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Buffalo meat was tender however it did not absorb the mustard or flavors of the spices. It also seemed dry to the pallate. It was certainly healthier as there was absolutely no grease after being refrigerated all night. If I were to try buffalo again I would go 1/2 beef 1/2 buffalo and double or possibly triple the mustard along with the other seasonings.


Jason7467 User ID: 7040753 147503
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Tonight I'm making this again for family and friends with a slight change. I will be using a buffalo roast and I added a few more carrots, potatoes, a cup of merlot wine, a tablespoon of Tony Chachere's creole lite seasoning. I will update and let everyone know how it is"

canvasman21 User ID: 6760810 94347
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"Wonderful aroma that gets you salivating. Easy to put together and can't wait to do this again for a great Sunday meal."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 147488
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"I tried this for a church potluck yesterday, and only a small amount was left. People really liked it and I got lots of favorable comments, including some from children. I did cut down the amount of rosemary a bit, but that is about the only thing I changed other than using more potatoes and carrots. Definitely a keeper recipe, and I like the convenience of not peeling the potatoes and not having to brown the meat."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 94335
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Delicious! Next time I will double the amount of potatoes & carrots to make more. Definitely plenty of beef & juice for more vegetables. I substituted marjoram for thyme since I was out and used 1 small white onion.

~ Theresa"

emilys1006 User ID: 3681778 162443
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This is the recipe I use every time I make pot roast. Everyone who tries it, LOVES it! Very tender and amazing flavor!!"

JaniceMurphy11 User ID: 5028492 94385
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"The taste of the rosemary and thyme were too overpowering."

emelu User ID: 2508367 208534
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"This is the best pot roast recipe ever and also the easiest to make. I get many requests for this recipe."

jjbates26 User ID: 1127071 94384
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I have had better pot roast. This one seemed to be lacking in flavor even though it was very moist."

labellanicci User ID: 4514202 162412
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"This recipe is really good!!! I added more potatoes, onions and carrots!!! I also cooked this in the oven for 3 hours on 475 turned out great!!! Added egg noodles family just loved it"

GaHalley User ID: 2104754 147550
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009 Edited Mar. 3, 2016

"Being in a slow cooker you shouldn't have to add any more broth even though you add more veggies. I have added fresh or canned greenbeans, whole yellow squashes & zucchini, canned tomatoes, celery and of course mushrooms- all on the bottom with other veggies. For extra spices add a couple of garlic cloves and increase the rosemary- I have used Ranch Powder Mix or Onion Soup Mix for a change. It's ok to change it up sometimes."

lovecatsreading User ID: 3334291 75161
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2009 Edited Mar. 3, 2016

"Re: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast

Last week I tried this recipe for the first time - It Definitely Will NOT Be The Last Time I Make It! I have MS, which can make cooking/baking, difficult even hazardous at times. That's why the simplicity of this recipe, and the fact that the kitchen does not get over heated, is just what I need for SUCCESS! My husband and I both loved it! I loved it because it was so very easy to put together, and we had all the ingredients on hand. My husband Joe's only comlaint was that there were not enough carrots and potatoes. When reading through the comments another cook whose "husband, loves his meat-and-potatoes" doubled the carrots and almost tripled the amount of potatoes. Sounds like it would make my husband happy also!
QUESTION 1: Can I add other veggies? Would corn and/or greenbeans be OK? Add other veggies when? On the bottom with carrots, and potatoes? OR On top of meat in last 1 to 1 1/2 hours of cooking?
QUESTION 2: Need to add more broth with the extra carrots and potatoes? Need to add more broth if adding extra carrots, potatoes, and other veggies? If yes, how much more?"

mandy0126 User ID: 1613388 163472
Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"This is an amazing recipe. Very flavorful and easy to make."

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 75135
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"One word: Delicious! No need to say more."

karen.booth User ID: 2571534 94714
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2008 Edited Mar. 3, 2016

"This pot roast is very good. I did lightly flour and sear the meat prior to placing it in the crockpot. Very tasty. Will make again. K in AZ"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 162442
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"One more comment on this recipe. My husband, a farm boy who loves his meat-and-potatoes, had complained that the recipe as written did not have enough potatoes, and more carrots would be nice too. So when I made this again a few nights ago I doubled the amount of carrots and almost tripled the amount of potatoes. I had to cut the roast into thirds to fit it into my slow cooker on top of the veggies, but it worked, and there was enough potato-y and carrot-y goodness for Steve's leftover lunches for the next couple of days."

Jessica Slaymaker User ID: 3012536 147486
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

"Very good!! I have been trying lots and lots of pot roast recipes and this one is the best! A keeper!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 162411
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"Really good. Even better the next day."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.