Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

Crock Pot Roast Beef & Brown Gravy

This recipe for Crock Pot Roast Beef & Brown Gravy is crazy simple! It could not be easier to make this melt-in-your-mouth roast beef and silky brown gravy.

One of the most important elements of this dish is to pick the right roast. This is something I struggled with when I first started cooking.

The cut of meat to buy for this meal is Chuck Pot Roast. This particular cut has the right marbling of fat.

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

This is the type of roast to buy.

When you are selecting beef roast, fat is flavor! This beautiful marbling also makes the meat so tender.

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

A better look at the roast beef. See that wonderful marbling?

I have browned the roast in a skillet before putting it in the slow cooker and I discovered that braising this meat is not necessary.

It comes out just as good either way. There is no need to dirty a skillet!

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

You can certainly double this and cook two roasts in one crock pot, if you have the oval crock pot.

I made this for Christmas dinner and I put the roasts one on top of the other and they cooked in the same amount of time.

I have used a frozen roast too, and it came out just as good as the thawed roast. Just let it cook for about an hour longer.

How fabulous it that? You can still make this if you forget to take the roast out of the freezer!

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

Top left: Juice and fat that was left in the crock pot. Top right: This is the portion I use to start the gravy. Bottom left: The flour and starter liquid. Bottom right: The gravy, thickening in the skillet.

I use a fat separating measuring cup. You do not have to have one of these, I made this dish for many years without one.

You just skim the fat of the top of the liquid. And you will be using most if not all of the liquid, so you don’t have to spend too much time making it perfect.

You could strain the liquid, but I do not.

I love the flavor that I get in the gravy when I don’t strain it. I will take out large chunks of meat or fat if there are any.

Crock Pot Roast Beef & Brown Gravy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 chuck pot roast, 2 1/2 - 3 pounds
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  1. Either put a liner in the crock pot or spray it with cooking spray. Season the roast on both sides with salt and pepper. Put 1 cup of water in the bottom of the crock pot and then put the roast in, cover and cook for 7-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  2. Transfer roast to a platter. cover with foil and keep warm in the oven at 200°. Pour the juice into a measuring cup and let the fat rise to the top. Skim the fat off the top and add it to a skillet, you will be adding the rest of the juice, so it doesn't have to be exact. Over medium-heat add flour and whisk while it cooks, for about a minute. It will be sort of like a paste. Pour the rest of the liquid in and whisk until all of the lumps come out. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Notes

Ideally, you will need about 1/4 cup of fat and 2 cups of liquid. If you do not have the right amount of fat, you can add canola, olive, or vegetable oil. If you don’t have enough meat juice, you can add water. Sometimes I have to do this and it does not make a difference in the overall taste of the gravy.

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Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

There are many things that you can do if you have leftovers. A few ideas are; beef quesadillas, sandwiches, and my absolute favorite, Beef & Noodles.

Looking for an easy and flavorful roast beef in the crock pot? Roast, salt and pepper are all you need to make this delicious recipe.

 

 

15 Comments

  • Barbara August 27, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Wow. So easy so very good. Have to find a fat separating measuring cup. Love my crock pot and your recipe. Thanks

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    • Mindy Boyd August 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

      I am so glad you liked it, it is one of our favorites. The fat separating measuring cup is a good investment. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply
  • sandy mcdaniel August 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I want to add potatoes and carrots. What do you suggest?

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    • Mindy Boyd August 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      You could just add them in on top of the roast, and then take them out with a slotted spoon when it is done. The cooking time should still be the same. You can still make the gravy, it will just have a little of the potato and carrot flavor (I am guessing). I think it will still be yummy!

      Reply
  • Sandy Mcdaniel July 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

    What about adding a onion in with the roast? And if I do will this be a problem with making the gravy?

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    • Mindy Boyd July 26, 2017 at 8:33 am

      I have not done that, you could give it a try. It probably will just be a subtle onion flavor, and I think that would give the gravy good flavor. Let me know if you do it and how it turns out.

      Reply
  • josh November 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Beef it’s what’s for dinner! There are few things in this world that we care for as much as slow cooked meats. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Mindy Boyd November 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Right? We love beef at our house. Happy Thanksgiving!

      Reply
  • Each Peach Pear Plum August 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Ooh my hubby loves beef, he would love this meal. Thanks for sharing

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    • Mindy Boyd August 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      This is very meaty too, since you don’t add anything to take away from the taste of the roast.

      Reply
  • Amber August 1, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Gravy and mashed potatoes. You are speaking to my soul!

    Reply
    • Mindy Boyd August 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Mashed potatoes are my favorite, I would literally eat them every night!

      Reply
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  • Roy Miller July 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    This is one of my all time favorites. I have such good memories of going to my grandma’s house for Sunday dinner when I was a kid. This is one of our family favorites too. Thank you so much for you so much for posting this.

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    • Mindy Boyd July 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Your welcome! It is one of my favorites as well. Oddly, one of my kids doesn’t really like it and one loves it! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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