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Fall apart juicy, tender roast with hardly any hands-on prep time is easy enough for everyday, delicious enough for company!

Areal view of roast with carrots on a white plate.

Growing up, my mom always made the best roasts – EVER. We would often enjoy the fall apart tender meat on Sundays because all mom had to do was sear the roast, bake it at 425 F for 30 minutes then turn the oven down to let the roast cook nice and slow so when we returned home from church, the aroma of savory, seasoned roast, carrots and onions met us at the door. Dinner couldn’t come fast enough.

My mom taught me that the secret to the most tender roast is to seal in the juices first at a high heat in the oven then turn the oven down to let it continue to cook. If your roast isn’t crazy tender, then it just needs more time, even 30 more minutes can make the world of difference between an “okay” roast and a melt-in-your-mouth one.

Roast and carrots in a white serving bowl.
In addition to my mom’s roasting technique, I have perfected the seasonings of the beef broth bath so this roast drinks up all the spices so every forkful is bursting with flavor. And a seasoned roast means an out-of-this-world seasoned gravy begging to douse your already intoxicating roast, easy slow cooker potatoes and carrots. 

Pot roast close up with carrots and a fork pulling a bite of meat off.
From mom’s kitchen, to mine, to yours, I am sure this Crazy Tender Pot Roast will become a family favorite for generations!

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Crazy Tender Baked Roast

5 from 5 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Fall apart juicy, tender roast with hardly any hands-on prep time is easy enough for everyday, delicious enough for company!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings




  • 2 cups beef broth or less depending on how much broth/juices remain after roasting
  • 1/4 cup flour


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil over high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Using tongs, sear meat on all sides until lightly browned and transfer to a roasting pan. Add whole garlic cloves into the crevices of the roast (usually where there is a seam of fat). Add desired amount of carrots surrounding roast.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all remaining “Roast” ingredients and pour over roast and carrots.
  • Cover tightly with foil and roast for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  • Turn roast over, re-cover with foil and TURN OVEN DOWN to 300 degrees F. Continue to roast for an additional 4-5 hours at 300 degrees F. Roast is ready when it is fall apart tender.
  • Remove roast and carrots from oven to a serving platter and let roast sit 30 minutes before carving to reabsorb the juices.
  • Gravy: Remove any excess juices/broth from roasting pan and strain fat. Add canned beef broth to the juices/broth to equal 2 cups. Set aside.
  • Add 4 tablespoons fat/drippings to saucepan (from roasting pan or strained from broth/juices) OR melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup flour and whisk to create a roux. Cook over medium heat, while whisking, until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in 2 cups juices/broth and bring the gravy to a simmer until thickened. Add additional broth if needed to thin. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper (although it probably won’t need it!)


Calories: 657kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 61gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 1867mgPotassium: 1190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I want to oven roast at chuck roast that is 10 pounds. Can I do your recipe and just add time? How much time

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! So full of flavor and tender. I’ve made this a few times and it’s the only recipe I’ll use from now on. My whole family loves it!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the ONLY recipe I use now for my roast beef. It is delicious and super tender every single time. Would give more than five starts if I could. Thank you for sharing this one.

  4. 5 stars
    This roast beast recipe is soooo good, so tender, so delicious! I’m hooked! This girl knows her stuff…highly recommend everyone to check out this and her other recipes!! Umm-mum

  5. Made this and it is crazy good. Not much good at doing a roast like my mom always did – till now. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe.

  6. If my roast is going to spend that much time in the oven, then I’d rather do it in the Crock Pot like I usually do. To the lady who says her roasts turn out tough & dry in the Crock Pot…are you cooking it on low & leaving it in long enough? Mine always turns out perfect in the Crock Pot. I also sometimes cook it on the stove, which also turns out great.

  7. I used to be able cook a very tender beef roast but then it got away from me. ( No written recipe to keep me from variables.) Lol. Now I’m trying to get that skill back. My Mom used only Chuck roast, flour, salt and pepper, water, carrots and potatoes. Everything came out fall-apart tender, the carrots and potatoes soaked up the juice and the carrots caramelized. It was awesome. I’m thinking she started out with high heat and finished on a lower temperature like you do.

  8. Hi I want to try it out as well, as it sounds really delicious. We like a little pink inside our meat & I have 3 half pounds of roast beef. Will it still be pink after 3-4 hours.
    Roshaan Cape Town, South Africa.

    1. Hi Roshaan!
      Thanks for the question! What I would do is keep a meat thermometer close by and check the meat regularly to make sure that it is cooked to your tasting. I hope that this turns out great for you!

  9. 5 stars
    Just wanted to say that I love this and was successful having it in my slow cooker for 4 hours on high. I browned it and then threw it in and didn’t worry about the part that said to do 30 min on 425. Came out just as tasty as when I did it in the oven!