How to Make Seriously Delicious Pot Roast on the Grill

Thought that pot roast was exclusively a slow-cooking, indoor, winter food? Think again. Here's how to grill pot roast on your outdoor grill!

When it comes to comfort food classics, some just seem more appropriate for cooler temps—think chili, lasagna and, most especially, pot roast. But why relegate a tasty dish like pot roast to just the coldest months? So I thought to myself: why not grill a pot roast?

But how? Pot roast is the quintessential, slow-cooking, oven-friendly food. Isn’t the grill reserved for casual dinners and foods that can withstand an enthusiastic sear? Put simply: not always. It turns out that you can add pot roast to the list of unlikely (but totally delicious) foods to grill. Let me tell you how to do it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1-1/2 pounds of chuck roast or rump roast (I tried it with both, and it worked equally well with both)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Soy sauce

Prep your roast

Before you toss the roast on the barbie, you’ll have to do a little prep. Start by preheating the grill to high—my gas grill goes up to 650ºF and that worked perfectly. If you use charcoal, be sure those coals are red hot! Deciding between charcoal and gas? Check out our guide.

While that’s heating up, place your pot roast in a bowl small enough to hug its sides. Pour the brown sugar over it. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Give that roast a good massage. Then sprinkle with soy sauce to moisten the sugar, salt, and pepper. Massage it some more. If you’re using chuck roast, feel free to tie it up with twine to keep it together. That’s not usually necessary for rump roast.

Give it a sear

You’ll want to get some good caramelization on this roast, so start by searing it on all sides on your hot grill. Once it’s good and seared, remove it from the grill and reduce the heat to 350ºF.

Roast it

Once the roast is seared, wrap it up in aluminum foil, leaving the top part of your wrapper open. Then pop it back on the grill and let it braise in its own juices. Use a meat thermometer (trust me, it’s handy!) and let it cook until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF. This should take about an hour, but start to keep a closer eye on the roast after about 45 minutes.

Once your pot roast is cooked, you can remove it from the grill and let it rest for about ten minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

If it turns out anything like mine, expect a slightly carmelized crust over an astoundingly tender, juicy roast. Serve it with root vegetables like I do or try one of our favorite grilled veggie options.

Prefer to do it the old-fashioned way? We got recipes for that, too!
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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.