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Pot Roast with Gravy Recipe

Pot Roast with Gravy Recipe

My family loves this tangy, slow-cooked beef roast with gravy. We always hope for leftovers that I turn into a tasty sandwich spread.—Deborah Dailey Vancouver, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (5 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • 1. Cut roast in half; rub with 2 tablespoons vinegar. Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper; rub over meat. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. Place the garlic, bay leaves and onion on roast. In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon in boiling water; stir in soup and remaining vinegar. Slowly pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 3. Remove roast; keep warm. Discard bay leaves. Whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until gravy is thickened. Slice roast; return to slow cooker and heat through. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 slices: 365 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 137mg cholesterol, 769mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 45g protein.

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dublinlab User ID: 1682119 255985
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"Very good recipe. I used a moose roast and they can be less than tender. It was a 3 1/2 lb roast so l left it whole but cooked it for 6 hrs., turning a couple of times. It was excellent. Janet. VFE"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 156224
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"This was easy to put together but not my families favorite. I did use cream of chicken in place of cream of mushroom because we don't like mushrooms. I also used a teaspoon of dried basil in place of the fresh. We did think the vinegar flavor was a little strong."

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 102789
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"It's been years since I've cooked a roast in a slow cooker (I usually do them in a pressure cooker), but I saw this recipe and figured I'd give it a shot. The recipe was excellent and turned out a flavorful, moist, juicy roast.

I did change it up slightly by deglazing my skillet after browning the roast with about half a cup of beer, which I then added to the liquid to pour over the roast, along with 1/2 a packet of ranch dressing mix and some more beer just to be on the safe side because in all walks of life, it is very hard to determine just how much beer is enough!
I agree with the reviews that say the gravy sets up quickly. It took about ten minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to rest the roast and slice it without having to return the slices to slow cooker, so I skipped that step and just ladled gravy over the meat."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 170729
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"This was a very easy recipe and also a home run at our house. My family was practically licking the gravy off of their plates. We served this with mashed potatoes and it was amazing. I was hoping for leftovers for some awesome sandwiches, but no such luck. I used a homemade cream soup substitute for the can of soup hoping that it would cut down on the salt, but it still was a tad too salty for my taste. This one is a keeper!"

shell7293 User ID: 5815824 173336
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"OK, but the gravy is very salty and also, the flavor of the vinegar is very overpowering. The gravy cooks in about 10 minutes, not 30."

Mamarae9190 User ID: 6901084 102699
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"I made this for company, and I was unsure at first but it turned out great! I changed it up a bit, by putting more beef broth in it and we had the gravy over our mashed potatoes."

snowbob User ID: 2713374 170726
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011


elvisfan73 User ID: 1272261 173335
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"this is sooo good! and the left-overs are just as good!! I mixed in some bbq sauce one night and served it on buns, taco sauce and salsa the next and served on tortillas."

cmoney27 User ID: 6058921 173333
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"I have tried a few pot roasts, and never actually made one until i saw this recipe. It was delicious! My husband loves fast food, and rairly likes anything homemade, but this pot roast was delcious. He wants it again! The gravy was lovely, but i put more beef stock in so i got a little more gravy out of it. It just used the juices that were left as the gravy. It was already thick and flavorful so i didn't bother with the cornflower step."

jaygade User ID: 1303676 85339
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"This was a very flavorful and rich pot roast! Delicious and classic."

Louise.Hooper User ID: 1042332 102829
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I tried this recipe as my first attempt at a pot roast. The meat came out very tender and moist and the gravy is rich and tasty, but possibly a little salty."

mariekelly User ID: 1260901 209645
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"we made this last night and there were no leftovers.. my hubby and i compete to see who the better cook is and he conceded his loss last night.. i think its the vinegar it smelled so good all day i couldnt wait for dinner!"

jpruittcdp User ID: 1902826 102653
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"The whole family enjoyed it! Liked the gravy on mash potatoes too."

Classicrock User ID: 656532 175850
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"OOOOOPS! My rating was supposed to be 5 Stars - somehow it got changed to 2 stars just before I clicked "submit!""

Classicrock User ID: 656532 102652
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"This roast and the gravy turned out excellent! I modified to work with my 3-1/4 lb. rump roast, trimmed, and cut in half. I used my oval 4-qt. slow cooker. I only used 2 Tbsp total of the vinegar: 1 Tbsp to rub on roast and 1 Tbsp added to the soup mixture. I used 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp pepper. After browning, I placed

1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic and 2 bay leaves on the roast, and used a medium onion, sliced. I kept all other ingredients at the recipe's measurements. After 8 hours, I kept the roast in the cooker, added the cornstarch and water, and turned the cooker on high. After 20 minutes I removed the roast and set it aside, covered with tin foil. The gravy cooked for about 10 more minutes. All was good! -Lori in WI."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 156223
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Didn't take alot of time to assemble,staple ingredients,house smelled terrific! Use a good balsamic vinegar, really makes a difference."

Lita_chaos User ID: 4028236 172100
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"this is a great recipe one of my family's favorites"

audiologyears User ID: 3625695 140522
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2009

"This is absolutely delicious!! I lost the recipe and searched the website till I found it again. Definately a keeper"

chazzzz User ID: 3847260 171789
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

"The gravy from this pot roast is so flavorful, I love to serve it with mashed potatoes topped with butter and the gravy.


lmarti33 User ID: 2089461 100046
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

" I'd like to have the recipe for the "tasty sandwich spread" made you make from the leftovers!

Linda Martin
Danville, Illinois

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 157636
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"To chicagomom1:  I also need to avoid corn, so I substitute arrowroot powder.  I have not tried it in this particular recipe, but it always works."

chicagomom1 User ID: 3632180 171788
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"my daughter cannot tolerate cornstarch (food allergy). could I use something else???"

skeendu User ID: 1272615 157606
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"Why cut the roast in half? Reminds me of the story of the young bride on cooking her first roast asked her mother why she cut her roast in half. Mother said she always did it. learned from her mother. Asked granny why she cut the roast in half granny sid it was the only way it would fit her pan. Is this the reason in this recipe?"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 85333
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2008

"We all loved this roast. With two hours to go on the timer, I added some new potatoes and baby carrots. Delicious!"

ddwebb User ID: 3338124 170720
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2008

"I have made this recipe a few times and it is the best roast I have eaten. I agree with the vinegar, I have used it and left it out. I didn't use the cornstarch either because it is pretty thick. This is a great recipe."

amysco User ID: 3019564 84437
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2008

"This is now our favorite roast recipe. The balsamic adds a great tang that you don't typically find in pot roast. Perfection!"

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 102827
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2008

"This was okay, but not amazing. I didn't really like the flavor of the meat. I think it would be better without the balsamic vinegar."

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