beer braised pot roast

Beer Braised Pot Roast

Around this time of year, when the mornings and evenings have just a hint of cold, I start craving all things in a crock-pot.  I think the cold weather makes me a little lazy, and all I want to do after work is come home, curl up with a blanket, and binge watch Netflix.  However, there are mouths to feed, and people that depend on me to eat, so I must figure out  a way to feed the troops, while still indulging in my favorite past times.   The answer?  My crock-pot.  

A 10-minute investment in the morning, with perhaps another 5- 10 minutes at lunch, and I have a hearty supper ready after work.  

And as with most of my recipes, this is super easy, but doesn’t have any processed ingredients in it.  Just wholesome, real food that’ll make you the best cook in the house (even if you’re the only one). 

Here is my fail-proof recipe for beer braised pot roast. 


Feeds 4 – 6 people

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • A 3-lb shoulder pot roast 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp ground pepper 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 12-ounces beer of choice
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1 – 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite-sized pieces

Heat olive oil in a large pan, over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.  Place the roast in the hot oil, and sear on all sides, until starting to brown.  Transfer to a crock-pot.  (I like this crock-pot, because it has sealing handles on the top, which makes it easy and clean to transport!)

Add water to the still-warmed pot you cooked the roast in, and use a spatula or spoon to get all of the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.  Pour seasoned water over roast.  Add in onions, then pour beer over the roast and onions, and sprinkle with dried thyme.  Cook on low for 6 hours. 

Add in baby carrots and cubed potatoes, and continue cooking on low for an additional 1 – 2 hours.  

I like to transfer the meat, followed by the carrots and potatoes to a large serving platter, then pour some of the juices into a gravy boat.  It’ll make it seem like you put a lot of effort into a fancy feast, without a whole lot of effort. 😉 

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