How-to-Make Tender Chuck Roast with Brown Gravy (Slow cooker)

P1040434Wondering how to make the perfect chuck roast? Tender, fall-apart meat- juicy and flavorful?

What if I told you that the key is to make it in your slow-cooker, with only about 10 minutes of prep and only a few ingredients? Yep. It is that easy!

Some roasts taste best when roasted slowly in the oven- like the eye-of-round or bottom-of-the-round. But, when it comes to a chuck roast or shoulder roast- I think P1040439the best results come from using the slow-cooker. That moist heat, low temp, and slow cooking give you a winner every time.

After the roast cooks, all you have to do is make the delicious brown gravy- also easier than you might think.

So, here’s how. You will be ‘wow-ing’ the family in no time!


  • 1 chuck roast (mine was around 3 or 4 lbs)
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Carrots


  • Meat Drippings
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2-3 large spoonfulls of flour

Lightly grease your crock pot. Place the roast in it. Peel your carrots- as many as you want to use. (I used about 6) and just chop off the ends. You can leave them whole. Place them beside the roast. It’s fine to stack the carrots on top of each other. Chop your onion into a few large chunks. Peel the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the crock pot. Sprinkle all of this with about 1 Tbs. salt. (I used fine sea salt) and 1/2 – 1 tsp. pepper. Now all you need to do it add water. I add water until it comes up about half-way on the roast. Cover the crock pot. Cook on high for 4 1/2- 5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.



When the cooking time is done, Carefully remove the roast from the crock pot and arrange on a platter. You won’t need to slice this up, as it will fall into tender pieces naturally. Remove the carrots and onions and arrange those with the roast on the platter. Cover the platter well to hold in the heat.

Now you will make the gravy! Carefully pour all the liquid from the crock pot into a saucepan on the stove. Go ahead and let the small pieces of onion and garlic to fall in as well. They’ll add great flavor!

Turn up the heat to medium-high.

In a little bowl, add the cold water and flour. Mix this with a fork until mostly smooth.


Pour all of the water mixture into the liquid on the stove. Using a whisk, stir it to combine. Allow the gravy to come to a light boil, whisking frequently. The gravy will thicken and darken. You can turn down the heat to medium. Add just a little more salt and pepper to taste. Just allow the gravy to continue to simmer until it looks as thick as you would like it. Pour into a gravy boat or bowl.


And you did it. That’s it. Now you are ready to serve your delicious meal!

Serve this dish along with mashed potatoes or brown rice and another vegetable for a complete meal!






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One thought on “How-to-Make Tender Chuck Roast with Brown Gravy (Slow cooker)

  1. TenderVoid October 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm Reply

    I made a roast dish for the first time tonight and it turned out GREAT with your tips for the gravy. Thank you.

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