Granddaddy’s Pot Roast

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Servings: 6 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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1 tablespoon bacon drippings (preferred), rendered beef fat, or unsalted butter
3 pounds boneless chuck roast or 5 pounds bone-in roast
Salt and whole black pepper in a peppermill
About 2 cups beef broth or water
2 large yellow onions, trimmed, peeled, and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon unbleached, all-purpose flour





Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 300-325° F. and fit a covered roaster or Dutch oven with a roasting rack. In a cast iron skillet, melt the fat over medium heat and when it is quite hot, brown the meat thoroughly on all sides. Remove the beef and season well with salt and pepper. Deglaze the skillet with broth or water and pour it into a covered roaster or Dutch oven. Turn off the heat.

Cover the roasting rack with half the onions. Place the beef over them and sprinkle it with Worcestershire. Cover it with the onions and sprinkle them with a little more salt, pepper and Worcestershire. Cover tightly and bake until the beef is almost falling-apart tender, about 3 hours.

Remove the meat to a platter and let it rest, covered, at least 15 minutes. Skim off the excess fat from the pan juices, reserving 2 tablespoons. Warm the reserved fat in the browning skillet over medium heat. Stir in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and lightly browned. Gradually stir in the pan juices, bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened about 4 minutes. Adjust the seasoning and pour it into a warm sauceboat.

Take the onions off the top of the roast, slice, and arrange it on a platter. Drizzle it with some of the gravy and scatter the onions over it. Serve warm, passing the remaining gravy separately.

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Thanks so much for the recipes... printed a couple... Look forward to trying them... GOD bless you all! Hugs... <3

By Sharon Park on September 02, 2013


I used this recipe to cook a chuck roast so I could make homemade stew with it. It was a good basic recipe for that. But for a delicious pot roast dinner, I would use Paula's recipe entitled: Pot Roast from Paula's Best Dishes.

By Blackberry Cobbler on October 07, 2012


was awesome! tasty and cut with a fork. my husband said best yet. gonna try herb crusted pork tenderloin tonight. thanks smile

By tonya on April 13, 2011



By OPAL TURNER on April 02, 2011


Paula just wanted to thank you for this great idea. I added sour cream to the gravy and it gave it a more creamy flavor. And I'm a Savannah girl myself. Born and raised but am an Army wife right now living in the mid-west. Am looking forward to a trip home this summer.

By Della Stahl on March 16, 2011


I love your show and I love u

By Anita Lynn Brown on February 22, 2011

I was born and raised in central Georgia. Your story about Oyster Stew brought back fond memories and tears to my eyes.  Both my parents have passed away but those memories of Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve will always be with me.  My mother grew up on a farm in Harrison, Georgia.  My Grandpa use to take a horse and wagon to a small country store(they didn’t own a car then) on Christmas Eve and bring back oysters for the stew and fresh fruit for stockings..  The tradition of Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve lives on.
As a note, we add finely chopped onion to the stew.

By Diane Nelson McGinns on November 10, 2010

Paula, I made Grandaddy’s Pot Roast and my family loved it. We didn’t make the gravy because my kids don’t always want it, so I saved the liquid. I thought it would make wonderful French Onion soup, but then again comes in the family taste buds and some don’t eat onions so I discarded the onions and put some of the leftover meat in with it. On another day I added some water and frozen mixed Veggies and Veggie beef soup with biscuits for dinner. The last of the leftovers are slated for a meeting with the slow cooker and BBQ sauce for Beef BBQ sandwiches later this week. Such a wonderful recipe and it does double and triple duty for this family of 5.

By Becky Kargman on October 22, 2010

The picture was enough to make me want to try this recipe. My Father doesn’t have such fond remembrances of his father’s cooking, but he most certainly was a country cook. I remember some of his creations fondly. Thanks for bringing back a few memories of my Grandfather. Another excellent submission, Mr. Fowler!

By Lt. Sanders on October 17, 2010

Damon’s writing is so descriptive and I look so forward to each article. Hopefully, he is working on another book…cookbook or otherwise.

By Lynn Hagan on October 16, 2010

Hey Paula,
I haven’t tried Grandaddy’s Pot Roast yet,but it sound delicious!!!We don’t have cable so I can’t watch you anymore so I really miss you!But on the bright side I can watch you on my computer!

By Mary Beth Tarter on October 14, 2010

Hi There
I certainly want to try Granddaddy’s Pot Roast but no matter what I do to my computer or my printer I cannot print the whole recipe out.  Can you help me????  Love ya Paula but can’t get you up here in Vineland Ontario Canada anymore on our TV stations and I really really miss you!

By Carolyn on October 14, 2010

My grandfather was also a wonderful cook. I sit and dream of his pot roast, though he completely cooked his on top of the stove in a cast iron skillet.  I’ve never been able to duplicate it but this recipe might be close.
My grandfather would actually cook this roast for breakfast along with potatos, biscuits and gravy.  He would occasionally also fry chicken or pork chops for breakfast.
I cetainly miss those mornings at his breakfast table!

By jan hyde on October 13, 2010

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