Yummy Cold Weather Recipes: Crock Pot Roast

Now that the weather is getting cooler, I’m craving all kinds of warm comfort foods. (I meant to link this up yesterday over at Seeds of Faith iFellowship, but alas, I was offline all day again.

If you’re like me, you love the easy one-pot recipes. I love, love, love my slow-cooker. This recipe combines the one-pot meal and the slow-cooker…..awesome!

What you need:

• 1 pot roast – 2 to 3 pounds. A sirloin tip works well. It doesn’t have to be terribly fancy, but you want to try to go middle-of-the-road (not the cheapest cut). You’ll want it to be nice and tender after cooking in the crockpot for 8 hours.
• 3 -4 small onions
• ½ cup ketchup
• ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce (you can find this in your canned food aisle next to the regular cranberry sauce)
• 1 tsp ground mustard
• 1 tsp onion salt
• ½ tsp marjoram
• ½ tsp thyme
• 1 envelope beef stock
• ¾ beef stock prepared
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Carrots* – Use baby carrots, or peel carrots and cut them into 2 inch chunks.
• Potatoes* – You can use small yellow potatoes that have a nice sweet flavor, or cut up russet potatoes into smaller chunks.

* For the carrots and potatoes, how many you can add will depend on the size of your crockpot and your preference. If you love leftovers cook extra. The potatoes also taste yummy as chips the next day. Just slice them, fry them in oil and lightly salt for a nice treat or side dish.

Also have on hand: Small bowl, measuring cups, crock pot, measuring spoons, knife and cutting board.

Serves: 4-5
Prep Time: Approximately 40 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours

Step 1: Slice the Onions

Peel and slice the onions into coin-shaped pieces.Make a small layer of onions at the bottom of the pot. They will keep the meat from sticking
and they taste AWESOME afterward. If you like a lot of onions, feel to slice up more and add them.

Step 2: Prepare the Meat

Start by salting and peppering the meat to taste. (I like to use Adobo with pepper in it….this can be found in the ethnic aisle at your grocery store with the Spanish foods.)

Carefully place the roast in the crock pot, on top of the onions.

Step 3: Prepare the Gravy

Make this deliciously easy gravy ahead of time by mixing the following ingredients together in a small bowl:

  • ½ cup of ketchup.
  • ½ cup of cranberry sauce
  • 1 tsp onion salt.
  • 1 tsp dry mustard.
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 envelope of beef stock
  • ¾ cup of prepared stock

Whisk it together until well-mixed and set aside.

Step 4: Add the Veggies and Gravy Mix

Place the potatoes around the meat. If you have smaller crockpot, as shown here, just tuck the potatoes in tightly down the side. There is plenty of liquid in this recipe that they’ll cook very nicely and won’t dry out or stick to the sides.

….and if you’re in the market for a bigger crock pot, this is the one that I use and LOVE:

Add the carrots and pour all of your gravy mix in the center, over the top of the meat.

Step 5: Start the Crockpot

All right, we’re ready to start cooking. Put the lid on the crockpot, and turn it on the low setting for 8 hours.

Step 6: Get Ready to Serve

After 8 hours, you’ve got mouth-watering soft carrots, potatoes, meat and gravy.

Start by removing the potatoes and carrots. Use a slotted spoon or fork, whatever works for you. You might take out the onions at this time or leave them with the gravy, depending on your preference. We usually remove some of the onions for eating (they’re REALLY good) and then leave the rest for the gravy.

Remove the roast and get ready to slice. This meat will be very tender and should basically fall apart on you.
Pour the remaining gravy into a gravy boat or measuring cup.

This can be served as is, or over rice, noodles or with some warm biscuits!

Feel free to link up your Cold Weather Recipes here – I’d love to see them!


  1. Pot Roast is my all time favorite comfort food! When I make pot roast, I always cook with Grass Fed Beef. I work with La Cense Beef, and I have recently learned how tasty and healthy it is for you. The website has some simple and easy Grass Fed Beef Pot Roast Recipes you should check out. You will be amazed by the flavor. I know I was!