Mom’s Crazy Tender Baked Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy

Pot Roast Baked in the Oven until fall apart tender with carrots, mouthwatering gravy with hardly any hands-on prep!  

This Baked Pot Roast comes from my Mom’s oven roasting technique and is crazy juicy, melt in your mouth tender every. single. time.  I’ve  gone the extra step and now it’s seasoned to PERFECTION.  AKA it is the best roast I’ve ever had!  

Pot Roast Recipe Video

Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy

Growing up, my mom’s food always warranted a long “mmmmmmm.” But she had a few recipes that only a proper “What About Bob,” “mmmmmm…” “mmmmmm…” “mmmmmm…”  would do.  Her oven baked pot roast with tender carrots and mashed potatoes was one of them.

Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy in a white tray.

We would often enjoy her famous oven roast on Sundays because all mom had to do was sear the chuck roast, bake it at 425 F for 30 minutes then turn the oven down and let the oven do all the work, roasting nice and slow while we were at church.  When we returned home, the aroma of savory, seasoned roast, carrots and onions met us at the door.  Dinner couldn’t come fast enough.

Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy with parsley garnish.

And while this Perfect Oven Baked Chuck Roast is the quintessential hearty, Sunday dinner, it is also perfect for special occasions and company because not only is it easy (especially when served with my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes – my mom’s personal favorite), it is JUST. SO. GOOD.  So good, in fact, it was the most requested dinner at our house, and always the special dinner Dad  requested for his birthday.

Pouring gravy over top of Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy.

How Do You Make A Roast Tender in the Oven?

My mom taught me that the secret to the most tender pot roast is to seal in the juices not just by searing it on the stove but to then roast it at high heat in the oven before you turn the oven down to let it continue to cook.  If your chuck roast isn’t crazy tender, then it just needs more time to tenderize, even 30 more minutes can make the world of difference between an “okay” roast and a melt-in-your-mouth one.   This is also true for my Mississippi Pot Roast made in the slow cooker.

Tender Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy with a fork cutting into it.

How To Season Your Oven Pot Roast

In addition to my mom’s roasting technique, I have perfected the seasonings of the beef broth bath so this roast drinks up all the spices so every forkful is bursting with flavor.  And a seasoned roast means an out-of-this-world seasoned gravy begging to douse your already intoxicating roast, easy slow cooker potatoes and carrots.

We season our pot roast by adding 6 whole peeled garlic cloves into the crevices of the roast (usually where there is a seam of fat).  This way the taste of roasted garlic literally cooks directly into the chuck roast.   Next, we whisk together beef broth,  Worcestershire sauce, dry minced onions, beef bouillon powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and a bay leaf.  The seasonings are virtually my own recipe for a Lipton Onion Soup Packet but adapted to no overpower our oven chuck roast. 

How Long Do you Cook a Pot Roast in the Oven?

After we sear our roast, we cover it tightly with foil and roast for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F to seal in the juices. Next, we turn the roast over, re-cover with foil and TURN OVEN DOWN to 300 degrees F and continue to roast for an additional 4-5 hours at 300 degrees F. The exact roasting time will be different every single time because every single roast is different.  You will know your roast is ready when it is fall apart tender.  If it doesn’t easily pull away with a fork, then continue to bake until it is crazy tender.   As I mentioned before, even 30 minutes can make a difference between a tough roast, an okay roast and a fall-apart-tender roast.  So be patient and roast on!

Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy serving with a fork.


From mom’s kitchen, to mine, to yours, I am sure this Crazy Tender Pot Roast will become a family favorite for generations to come!

Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast and carrots with mouthwatering gravy is the best pot roast I have ever had! Juicy, fall apart tender, seasoned to PERFECTION with hardly any effort! Amazing for company, easy enough for everyday.

Best Pot Roast, Carrots and Gravy

Pot Roast Baked in the Oven until fall apart tender with carrots, mouthwatering gravy with hardly any hands-on prep!   This Baked Pot Roast comes from my Mom's oven roasting unique and is crazy juicy, melt in your mouth tender every. single. time.  I've  gone the extra step and now it's seasoned to PERFECTION.  AKA it is the best roast I've ever had!  
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours

Ingredients

Roast

Gravy

  • 2 cups beef broth or less depending on how much broth/juices remain after roasting
  • 1/4 cup flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil over high heat in a large cast iron or heavy bottom skillet. Using tongs, sear meat on all sides until lightly browned and transfer to a shallow roasting pan.* Add whole garlic cloves into the crevices of the roast (usually where there is a seam of fat). Add desired amount of carrots surrounding roast.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all remaining “Roast” ingredients and pour over roast and carrots.
  • Cover tightly with foil and roast for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  • Turn roast over, re-cover with foil and TURN OVEN DOWN to 300 degrees F. Continue to roast for an additional 4-5 hours at 300 degrees F. Roast is ready when it is fall apart tender.
  • Remove roast and carrots from oven to a serving platter and let roast sit 30 minutes before carving to reabsorb the juices.
  • Gravy: Remove any excess juices/broth from roasting pan and strain fat. Add canned beef broth to the juices/broth to equal 2 cups. Set aside.
  • Add 4 tablespoons fat/drippings to saucepan (from roasting pan or strained from broth/juices) OR melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in ¼ cup flour and whisk to create a roux. Cook over medium heat, while whisking, until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in 2 cups juices/broth and bring the gravy to a simmer until thickened. Add additional broth if needed to thin. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper (although it probably won’t need it!)

Notes

Don't miss the "how to make" recipe video at the top of the post!
Prep time is for roast only and not carrots. *You don't want your roast swimming in liquid so make sure you are using a long enough pan.

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115 Comments

  1. Jim says

    Lets start by saýing, I’m a die hard slow cooker pot roast person, can’t beat it….until now. Made this yesterday, to the letter except I omitted the onion powder because I didn’t have any, the chopped onions were enough though. Came out perfect, the only draw back was I didn’t have a big enough roast but I can fix that going forward. Crock pot version always had to much liquid at the end for gravy, this was perfect… even my wife loved it and she’s not big on beef. My crock pot may be gathering dust from now on. Thank you Jen, Big Hug!!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment Jim, I’m thrilled you loved this recipe so much and that you are a new bake pot roast convert!

  2. Alicia says

    I have made this several times, and my family and I are obsessed with the tenderness and flavor! I would like to cook 2 roasts at the same time (for a crowd), a little over 7 lbs total… should I do two separate pans or cook in the same pan? If I cook in the same pan do I double the broth ingredients? And I’m assuming my roasting time will increase? I must admit, I’m a little worried cooking 2 roasts at the same time won’t be as tender as cooking just the one!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Alicia- you have great taste ;). You can cook two roasts in the same pan but they would cook more evenly if each cooked in their own pan. If you do use one pan, you don’t need to double the broth ingredients because you don’t want the roast boiling/covered in liquid.

  3. Sammy says

    Why no potatoes? How could you add them?

    • Jen says

      Hi Sammy, we always prefer to serve this roast and gravy over mashed potatoes and we are obsessed with the carrots so we want to cram those in instead of potatoes. You can certainly add red potatoes or Yukon potatoes if you wish!

  4. Ro says

    It sounds delish but seems like it has a lot of sodium. I could omit the salt and beef bouillon (unless I can find unsalted), and also use unsalted or low-salt beef broth. What’s the nutrition breakdown for this as the recipe stands. Thanks.

  5. Sue Martin says

    I cooked 2 roasts, about 10 pounds of potatoes and 6 pounds of carrots – doubled the broth ingredients and cooked it in my 22 quart electric roaster. I didn’t use the roaster rack because I don’t use one when I make it in the oven. And the meal came out perfect. This is an awesome recipe and I’m so glad it was shared.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for sharing Sue, I’m so pleased the roast came out perfectly!

  6. Kimberly says

    Does this work in a covered Dutch oven pan? Or does the foil perform something magic?

    • Jen says

      Hi Kimberly, I don’t use a Dutch oven because you want a longer roasting pan so the roast isn’t covered in the liquid. If you use a Dutch oven you will want to reduce the liquid. Enjoy!

  7. Elisabeth says

    Just made this tonight. Added yukon gold potatoes and big, beautiful multi-color carrots. It made tons of juices for gravy. Made the whole house smell intoxicating. I cooked two 2.5 lb roasts in a large foil roasting pan bc I only have a tiny roasting pan at home. 4 hrs til tender….worked great. Leftovers for days!

    • Jen says

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Elisabeth, I’m so happy it was a winner!

  8. Kim says

    My husband does not like this cut of beef and LOATHES and I mean LOATHES the Crock Pot. It’s a very weird thing but he says he can smell when something was cooked in it and he doesn’t like it.

    I love this cut of meat, LOVE, and so I came across your recipe hoping to at least reduce his complaining by not putting it in my Crock Pot.

    While we didn’t compliment the recipe, he did have seconds so I think we will call it a win.

    Thanks!

  9. Karen says

    Hi, Jen! I just made your recipe for your Mom’s Chuck Roast. The only change I made was to add a 1/2 cup of dry red wine (cabernet) and baked it 3 hours & 15 minutes. It was outstanding to say the least! I served it with the carrots and made mashed potatoes. Soooo good. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe!

    • Jen says

      YAY! I’m so happy it was a winner Karen, thank you so much! Your whole meal sounds amazing!

  10. Michelle says

    Can this work for different cuts, I have an eye of round untrimmed. Can you give me advice so it’s tender and delicious as well?

    • Jen says

      Hi Michelle, it can certainly work for different cuts but the chuck roast is the most tender. I would cook our roast as long as it needs to be fall apart tender. Good luck!

  11. vanessa says

    omg, turned out awesome! i did add extra onions in placed of minced dry, and i had 2.75lbs of meat. i rarely eat other cuts of red meat aside from filet or ground beef, but i can’t wait to have leftovers today!! carrots turned out amazing, but i used them as a “rack” and cut up into chunks with the meat on top

    • Jen says

      Yesss! Thank you so much Vanessa! I’m so happy you loved it so much!

  12. Janet M says

    I made this for dinner yesterday and it was loved by my family.
    Followed the recipe and didn’t change a thing and it was delicious. Will definitely make it again. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the awesome review/comment Janet! I’m so pleased it is a new repeat favorite!

  13. Sandra says

    Since I was a kid, I have never liked a beef roast. Always to dry, to chewy, too blah. My husband on the other hand loves a beef roast, one of his favorite meals. I followed this chuck roast to the letter. My husband and I were both amazed with how it turned out. He said he’s never had a better beef roast. I will be making this roast exclusively. My quest for an awesome tasting roast, that is so tender, is over.

    • Jen says

      YAY! I’m thrilled this pot roast won you over and will be on repeat! Thanks Sandra!

  14. Rita Pickles says

    Finally I have a good pot roast recipe! No more wondering when the roast comes out of the oven if it will be edible or if we will be ordering takeout! I have always had to slice my pot roast because it was never tender enough to pull apart. I followed your recipe exactly, and the meat simply melted in our mouths. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow, if there are any! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Rita! I’m so pleased you finally found your fool proof, melt in your mouth pot roast!

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