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A plate of apple cider pot roast with gravy and a glass of apple cider with an apple in the background.

Apple Cider Pot Roast


  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 8 servings 1x

Description

Stay cozy during these chilly months with this fall-apart tender apple cider pot roast. Slowly cooked in apple cider and rich beef stock with fresh herbs and warm spices, this pot roast puts a fall spin on a classic dish. Finish this apple cider pot roast with a rich pan-drippings gravy, and you have yourself some serious comfort food.


Scale

Ingredients

For Apple Cider Pot Roast
3– to 4-pound beef chuck roast
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons canola oil
34 garlic cloves, grated or minced
2 cups apple cider, homemade or store-bought
1 cup beef stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
10 fresh thyme sprigs
35 fresh rosemary sprigs
23 fresh sage sprigs
2 cinnamon sticks
1 onion, sliced
1/2 tablespoon whole cloves
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 pound petite potatoes
6 carrots, cut into chunks

For Gravy
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups drippings from pot roast, strained
Pinch of salt


Instructions

For Oven Braising

  1. Let the beef chuck roast sit in room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Dust generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the chuck roast and pat to coat.
  2. Turn oven to 275 degrees. Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven until shimmering over medium-high heat. Cook the roast until it browns on one side, about five to eight minutes. Carefully flip and brown on the other side. Remove from the Dutch oven.
  3. Lower heat to medium. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour in apple cider, beef stock and tomato paste, scrapping with a wooden spoon to loosen the brown bits from the beef. Add the thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, sage sprigs, cinnamon sticks, most of the onion slices, whole cloves and crushed red pepper to the Dutch oven. Place chuck roast back in the Dutch oven and the remaining onion slices on top of the roast.
  4. Tuck in the petite potatoes and carrot chunks on the side of the roast. They don’t need to fully submerge in the juice.
  5. Bring braising liquid to a boil. Turn off heat, cover and place in 275-degree oven. Cook for a few hours until the meat easily shreds with a fork. A 3-pound roast should take three hours, a 3 1/2-pound roast should take three and a half hours, and a 4-pound roast should take four hours, but judge doneness based on whether the meat is fork tender. If it’s not easily shreddable, it needs more cooking time.
  6. For the gravy, melt butter over medium heat in a skillet. Whisk in flour and cook for about three minutes, whisking constantly. Slowly pour in the strained pan drippings from the pot roast. Whisk until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and continue to cook until thickened. This should take a few minutes. Serve roast, carrots, potatoes and onions with gravy. Enjoy!

For Slow Cooker

  1. Let the beef chuck roast sit in room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Dust generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the chuck roast and pat to coat.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet until shimmering over medium-high heat. Cook the roast until it browns on one side, about five to eight minutes. Carefully flip and brown on the other side. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a slow cooker, pour in apple cider, beef stock and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the garlic, thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, sage sprigs, cinnamon sticks, most of the onion slices, whole cloves and crushed red pepper to the slow cooker. Place chuck roast in the slow cooker and the remaining onion slices on top of the roast.
  4. Tuck in the petite potatoes and carrot chunks on the side. They don’t need to fully submerge in the liquid.
  5. Cook on low for eight hours. The roast is done when it easily shreds with a fork.
  6. For the gravy, melt butter over medium heat in a skillet. Whisk in flour and cook for about three minutes, whisking constantly. Slowly pour in the strained pan drippings from the pot roast. Whisk until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and continue to cook until thickened. This should take a few minutes. Serve roast, carrots, potatoes and onions with gravy. Enjoy!

For Instant Pot

  1. Let the beef chuck roast sit in room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Dust generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the chuck roast and pat to coat.
  2. Heat canola oil in the Instant Pot using the Sauté function until shimmering. Cook the roast until it browns on one side, about five to eight minutes. Carefully flip and brown on the other side. Remove from the Instant Pot.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour in apple cider, beef stock and tomato paste, scrapping with a wooden spoon to loosen the brown bits from the beef. Add the thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, sage sprigs, cinnamon sticks, most of the onion slices, whole cloves and crushed red pepper to the Instant Pot. Place chuck roast back in the Instant Pot and the remaining onion slices on top of the roast.
  4. Tuck in the petite potatoes and carrot chunks on the side. They don’t need to fully submerge in the liquid.
  5. Seal and cook pot roast on the Manual setting for an hour at high pressure for 3 pounds. Allow to naturally vent for 10 minutes and then finish with the Quick Release function. The roast is done when it easily shreds with a fork. If it’s not easily shreddable, it needs more cooking time.
  6. For the gravy, melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or empty the Instant Pot and use the Sauté function. Whisk in flour and cook for about three minutes, whisking constantly. Slowly pour in the strained pan drippings from the pot roast. Whisk until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and continue to cook until thickened. This should take a few minutes. Serve roast, carrots, potatoes and onions with gravy. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I like my carrots tender. If you prefer firmer carrots, you can add them after an hour of cooking in the oven or halfway through the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
  • For the Instant Pot, I find a 3-pound roast is best for the 6-quart model. If you get a bigger cut of meat, you’ll likely have space issues.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Braising
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple cider pot roast, pot roast