Crock Pot Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 9 hrs
Total: 9 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
733 Calories
26g Fat
46g Carbs
73g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 733
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 205mg 68%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 73g
Calcium 171mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pot roast recipe calls for a basic chuck roast, slow cooked to perfection with a tangy beer broth, vegetables, a little bacon, and a variety of seasonings. Feel free to vary the root vegetables and use your favorites. We recommend red-skinned potatoes, gold, or round whites.

Optionally, you can reduce and thicken the juices to make a flavorful gravy.


  • 6 thick slices bacon (diced)
  • 1 pot roast, lean boneless beef chuck (about 4 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups, chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) beer
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium or unsalted beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 3 carrots (cut in 1/2- to 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 small rutabaga (cut in 1/2- to 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (cut in 1/2-inch chunks)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the bacon until almost crisp.

  3. Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper, then dip all sides in (3 tablespoons) of flour to coat lightly.

  4. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside. Add the beef roast and brown, turning to brown all sides. Remove the pot roast and set aside.

  5. Add onions to the skillet and cook until browned. Add the garlic cook for 1 minute longer. Add the red wine vinegar, beer, beef broth, bay leaf, sage, and thyme; bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat.

  6. Place the roast in the slow cooker; arrange the potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms around the roast. Top with the bacon and pour the onion and broth mixture over all.

  7. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, until the roast is tender and the vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.

  8. To make a gravy with the liquids, remove the roast and vegetables to a serving dish and keep warm.

  9. Pour 3 cups of the liquids in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes to reduce slightly and concentrate the flavors.

  10. Whisk 3 tablespoons of flour into 1/2 cup of cold water. Whisk the flour mixture into the simmering broth. Cook, whisking, for about 1 minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper,

  11. Serve and enjoy!