|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
This 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. I 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
- 1/2 cup cold water, optional
In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the bacon until almost crisp.
Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper, then dip all sides in (3 tablespoons) of flour to coat lightly.
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.
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.
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.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, until the roast is very tender and the vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.
To make a gravy with the liquids, remove the roast and vegetables to a serving dish and keep warm.
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.
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,