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Dutch Oven Pot Roast Tips, Tricks, and Recipe Ideas

May 22, 2020 4 min read

Dutch Oven Pot Roast Tips, Tricks, and Recipe Ideas

If you learned how to cook a roast the "traditional" way - that is, on a roasting tray or dish, you will be delighted to know that a Dutch oven pot roast can be even better in slightly less time. The unique thick-walled construction of an enameled cast iron Dutch oven absorbs and radiates heat evenly for shorter cooking times, and the heavy lid traps moisture within the dish so that your meat will stay moist and juicy. In this guide, we have provided our favorite classic recipe and some tips and tricks that will help make your next pot roast something to write home about.

Classic Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Ingredients:

Makes 6-8 servings

  • One 6 lbs chuck roast
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and halved
  • 6 to 8 carrots, chopped into 2 in pieces
  • 1 cup red wine (an additional cup of broth can replace this)
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt/black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Remove the chuck roast from the fridge a couple of hours before cooking to allow it to come up to room temperature. Season it liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat your oven to 275°F.
  3. Add the olive oil to your Dutch oven and place over medium-high heat. After the oil gets hot, add the onions and brown them on all sides, then remove and set aside. Use the same method to brown the carrots, remove them, and set aside.
  4. Sear the chuck roast in the Dutch oven until it is brown on all sides. Remove the beef and place it on a plate.
  5. Deglaze the Dutch oven with half a cup of red wine and the same amount of beef broth. Use a spatula to scrape up any burnt pieces of meat.
  6. Place the chuck roast back into the Dutch oven and add the remaining broth and wine. Place the carrots, onions, and fresh herbs around the sides of the meat.
  7. Put the lid on and place the roast in the oven for around 1 hr per pound of beef or until the meat is tender enough to separate it with a fork.

How long does a Dutch oven pot roast take?

If you've ever cooked a chuck roast you will know that getting the timing right is crucial to avoid your meat being under or overcooked.

Several factors will affect the cooking time, including the size of your Dutch oven, pot roast ingredients, the volume of liquid, and the temperature at which you cook the meal. Our beef roast recipe above should give you a good starting point. It's a reasonably typical pot roast recipe if you're using chuck roast.

Also, the lid on a Dutch oven pot roast is full of mercy. It will keep all the moisture in, so you don't have to worry about your meat drying out even if you end up leaving the roast in the oven for a little longer than you had planned.

What is the best meat for a Dutch oven pot roast?

A Dutch oven pot roast will allow you to use a wide variety of different cuts of meat, and you'll usually get great results, thanks to the lid trapping in all the moisture. The internet is full of delicious recipes for beef, pork, and lamb, as well as poultry such as chicken or duck, and of course, don't forget game - venison, rabbit, or hare.

But if you're just starting, we recommend using beef chuck roast for your first pot roast. It's an excellent pot roast meat for both experienced and inexperienced cooks. The flesh is marbled throughout with layers of fat, which melt down to provide incredibly tender meat and maintains a depth of flavor that's much richer than chicken or pork. It also makes a beautiful gravy or sauce.

This cut of beef is notoriously tough when cooked too quickly, but the length of the cooking process in a recipe like this is more than sufficient to properly break down the meat. When cooked as a pot roast, you can cut pieces of chuck roast with a spoon!

What are some good Dutch oven pot roast ideas?

Every cook has their own perfect pot roast recipe, and some of them are strictly guarded secrets! We don't play our cards quite so close to our chest, though, and we're happy to share some chuck roast ideas to spice up your next meal.

Our favorite beef chuck roast recipe is probably the classic pot roast with carrots and potatoes, but once you've mastered that, why not try a few of the following ideas for a slightly more adventurous pot roast:

  • Switch out your regular old potatoes for sweet potatoes (great for low carb diets).
  • Add parsnips or turnip to the vegetable mix for some extra flavor.
  • Try fresh-picked herbs instead of dried - rosemary and thyme work well.
  • Throw in a can of chopped tomatoes to add body and flavor to the sauce.
  • Use red wine and porcini mushrooms to flavor the gravy.
  • Swap onions for shallots for a sweeter flavor.

 How do you reheat pot roast in a Dutch oven?

If you've already made a pot roast and you're reheating some of the leftovers for another meal or a late-arriving guest, it's a simple enough process. You can either use the oven or the stove, depending on which is more convenient, or where you have the most space.

If you're going to use the stovetop, place your Dutch oven on a burner set to medium heat, with the lid on tight and heat until all the contents are piping hot. It's best to remove the cover and stir the pot roast occasionally to ensure even heating of the food.

If you're reheating your pot roast in the oven, set it to 300°F, and put the Dutch oven with the lid securely on, into the middle of the oven for about 30 min. Just like with the stovetop method, be sure to check that your pot roast is hot throughout before serving it up.

Whether you decide to go with the classic recipe or follow some of our tips to change it up a bit, we're sure using a Dutch oven will add another dimension to your pot roast!



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