Perfect Pot Roast

For years, I have been on a quest… perfect pot roast. We ate terrible pot roasts growing up.  They were grey, lumps of tough, boiled meat. So I was never a fan.

As I worked in restaurants in college, I began to see great post roasts… caramel crusted, glistening and fork tender. There the quest began.

Over the years, I have made some good pot roasts and some great pot roasts  but never quite the dream pot roast.  They all failed to hit the mark of perfection, rich and decadent.  I am happy to report that the quest hath ended.  Last night was culinary nirvana!

Chuck roast is the magic cut and the quality makes a difference.  The marbling in this shoulder cut makes it so tender and superior to any other cut for the perfect pot roast.  We are fortunate to buy grass fed beef from a famer in our area! If you have the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend it! If not, look for a well marbled, bone in cut from the grocery.



  • 2 lbs well marbled chuck roast
  • 1 cup of cabernet sauvignon
  • Beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire (not NSF)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari Soy
  • 2 Tablespoons of NSF “tomato” paste or regular
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 a yellow onion chopped
  • 6 sage leaves
  • Parsley for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt


  1. Liberally salt and pepper beef on all sides. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.  Cooking ice cold beef makes it tough so you want to let it warm up a bit.  As it site, prep your vegetables.
  2. Heat a dry, cast iron skillet over medium high heat until it barely begins to smoke.  Add the oil and wait 30 seconds so that it comes up to temp.  Add the meat and let it sear.  Color equals flavor so you want a good hard sear on both sides.  This will take 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Sear the edges too.  Toss in the onions and garlic at the end and caramalize them.
  3. As the meat is searing, heat the stock.  I heat mine in my pressure cooker with the lid off.  Add the beef, garlic and onion to the pressure cooker.  Make sure there is enough stock to nearly cover the meat.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients except parsley. Add additional salt to taste (I add about a half a tablespoon) and cracked black pepper (I add 20 cracks)
  5. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and place over medium high heat until it begins to steam.  Reduce heat to low and let it cook for 1 hour with the valve on 2 or the meat setting.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the pressure cooker cool until there is no steam coming from the valve. Then release the steam valve.  When all the steam has been release, open the pressure cooker.
  7. Remove the glorious, falling apart  meat miracle from the pot and allow to rest. Reserve the gorgeous stock and create a gravy with cornstarch and a splash more red wine.


I served this roast with roasted root vegtables, cauliflower puree and Directors Cut cabernet!

Let me know what you think when you try it. Wishing you perfect pot roast!






4 Comments Add yours

  1. deb says:

    It looks yummy!!!! Will have to try!!


    1. Michelle Archer says:

      Thanks Deb! Enjoy!


  2. Jennifer Davis says:

    In the pressure cooker now! We’ve tried so many roasts and our family just struggles to like them. We have a cow in the freezer and have roasts that we have to eat. 🙂


    1. Michelle Archer says:

      Let me know how it turns out!


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