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Alea’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast

We have been alternating between high temperatures and flash floods. Every time it rains, I want comfort foods like pot roast and potatoes. But it is so hot that I don’t want to turn on the oven.

My slow cooker once again came to my rescue! I love that is allows me to cook family favorites without heating up the house.

When I make my pot roast, I put the vegetables around the roast, rather than under it. I like a little bite to my vegetables and this keeps them from becoming too mushy. I just rotate the vegetables every 2 -3 hours, so they cook more evenly. If you don’t rotate them the veggies on bottom tend to become too soft and the ones on top are a little too firm.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 7 – 8 hours


  • 2 lb. beef roast
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound potatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 -6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (homemade seasoned salt recipe)
  • coarse ground pepper


  • Place a little broth in the bottom of the slow cooker. then place the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Place the carrots, potatoes, and onions around the roast.
  • Pour the rest of the broth over the meat and veggies.
  • Sprinkle the garlic and spices over the roast and veggies.
  • Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours. Every couple hours, I rotate the vegetables so they cook more evenly.

How to Make Gravy in a Slow Cooker:

You can make a gravy directly in the slow cooker. Remove the meat and vegetables. Spoon 1/2 cup of the drippings into a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of cornstarch to the drippings and stir to make a paste.  Add the paste back into the slow cooker. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine it with the rest of the drippings. Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a boil. Place it in a gravy bowl and serve over your pot roast and vegetables.

Are you using your slow cooker to keep the kitchen cool this summer?