Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

We belong to a meat CSA that sends us a variety of farm-raised, grass-fed meats each month. We never know what we’ll get, but I can always count on a couple of cuts I probably wouldn’t normally purchase, like ribs and roasts. Usually, I tend to lean toward quick cooking ground meat and poultry, mostly because I’m just looking for a an easy way to get dinner done, so it’s fun to step out of my comfort zone once in a while.

Incorporating lower cost cuts of meat like the chuck roast into the mix is one of the best ways to save money, especially when buying grass-fed beef. The chuck roast, if cooked correctly can be moist, tender and flavorful. I find best way to cook a chuck roast is to braise it and the easiest way to braise meat is in the slow cooker.

Braising means searing the meat, then cooking slow and low in a covered pot.  Slow and low is what you need to help break down the connective tissue in the chuck roast, but this also helps to impart great flavor.

I recently gave away my old slow cooker and pressure cooker, and replaced them both with an Instant Pot. It’s a pressure cooker, along with many other things, but it can also slow cook. I haven’t looked back – I love this thing! This versatile kitchen appliance gets used nearly every day in our house – even my kids can work it. Check out the Instant Pot Community Facebook Group if you are curious about getting started.

Below is a very easy, set it and forget it recipe with minimal ingredients. I love having dinner cooking at home while I’m off working and running errands all day. It makes me feel like I’ve really got it together – for that day at least. Thaw your meat if frozen and prepare to start it first thing in the morning. I like to sear it on the grill, but you can also sear it directly in your instant pot or on the stove.

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
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This recipe uses an Instant Pot as a slow cooker but you can also use a traditional slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
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This recipe uses an Instant Pot as a slow cooker but you can also use a traditional slow cooker.
  • 1 beef chuck roast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 yellow or white onion large, chopped
  1. Season the meat well on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat up your grill to high and sear your meat on both sides. Just enough to add some grill marks and a little smokey flavor. This could be done directly in the Instant Pot using the sauté setting but I prefer the flavor that comes from a grill, if you can manage it.
  3. Cut up the onion and add to the Instant Pot. Lay the roast directly onto the onions.
  4. Close off the steam release to hold in flavor and set the Instant Pot to Slow Cooker on high for around 6 hours depending on size. Check for tenderness with a fork and the bone should pull right out.
  5. Remove the roast when done. It should be falling apart and easily sliced. Remove the cooking liquid to a blender, or use a hand blender to blend until smooth. Return the liquid to the Instant Pot and set to sauté. Reduce the sauce to desired thickness and use as a gravy to serve over the meat. This dish is just screaming for mashed potatoes.
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