Applying slow, moist heat is the most effective way of cooking a chuck roast, and no device is better suited for this kind of slow cooking than a crock-pot. While crock-pot cooking isn’t a quick way to prepare a meal, it will make even tougher cuts of meat tender and flavorful.
The Right Size
Make sure your roast will fit inside your crock-pot with the lid closed. If you are unable to completely seal off the roast, the juices may evaporate and lead to a dry roast that will not be as tender as it could.
Also make sure you have selected a roast that is large enough to provide the correct number of servings. A boneless chuck roast will usually yield about three servings per pound. A bone in roast will usually provide two servings per pound. Use this estimation as a guide.
Season And Brown
Season and brown the roast prior to placing it in the crock-pot. If you skip this step you will miss out on some serious flavor, according to Beef-Cooking.com.
Season the roast by adding salt and pepper or any other spices you enjoy on beef and run them into the meat with your hands. Heat a pan on the stove until it pops and sizzles when you sprinkle water on it. The pan must be large enough to hold the roast.
Place the roast in the pan and it will sear the outside and brown the meat. Once it is browned on one side, flip it over and do the same to the other side. Remove the seared roast and place it in the crock-pot.
Use a red wine or beef broth to deglaze the pan and scrape all the bits off the pan with a wooden spoon and dump the contents into the pot on top of the roast.
What Goes in the Pot
Once the chuck roast is in the crock-pot, add a couple of inches of beef broth by pouring it over the top of the roast. Add aromatic vegetables such as onions and garlic to the crock-pot to add even more flavor.
Cover the pot and turn the temperature dial on low and wait until the roast is an hour away from being ready. At that time add any other side veggies you wish. Carrots and potatoes are a nice choice to complement a chuck roast.
It Takes Time
Crock-pot cooking takes time. Prepare ahead for the cooking time. In order for the slow cooking process to heat the interior of the roast and melt all the connective tissue, forming a tender product, you must leave the roast in the pot all day on the low setting. Open the top once or twice during the day and use a ladle to dip out the juice and pour back over the top of the roast.
You can speed up the process by setting the crock-pot on high and get a similar result in about four hours in most cases, but the all-day method tends to produce a more tender roast.
Serve your chuck roast with the vegetables added an hour before the end of the cooking time for a delicious meal.
Save all the leftovers for reheating later. The leftover roast sometimes tastes better than it did when it was initially cooked, according to Beef-Cooking.com.