Savory Rubbed Pot Roast and Gravy

Diane Hopson Smith


I surprised myself with this roast. I had my heart set on beef brisket. When you live in a small town, sometimes things don't work out the way you plan. Our local grocery store didn't have briskets.

This recipe certainly elevates an inexpensive cut of meat into something worthy of a special meal.

The rub seemed to have cooked all the way through this roast giving it such a wonderful flavor. And the drippings made an excellent gravy that required NO additional seasoning.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
2 Hr 45 Min
No-Cook or Other


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(3-lb) boneless chuck roast
beef rub (recipe to follow) or your favorite spices
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 tsp
thyme, dried
bay leaf
4 c
beef stock or water (i used beef stock)
1/2 c
dry white wine


3 Tbsp
coarsely ground black pepper
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
sugar (white)
1 Tbsp
onion powder
2 tsp
dry mustard
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
ancho or chilli powder
1 Tbsp
chipotle powder or cayenne peper


roast drippings
all purpose flour

How to Make Savory Rubbed Pot Roast and Gravy


  • 1RUB:
    Mix rub ingredients together. Store in ziploc bag or jar and use as needed. This makes a lot and there will be a good bit leftover.

    NOTE: this rub was intended to be used on a beef brisket, however, it was excellent on this chuck roast!
  • 2Lightly oil meat with vegetable oil and generously spread rub on meat. Wrap meat in plastic wrap; refridgerate for a few hours or over night. NOTE: I wrapped overnight.
  • 3Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Pour oil into pot; heat over medium high heat (on stovetop). Add roast to pot; cook roast for 15 minutes (turning once) until beef is browned.

    NOTE: Don't bypass this step; browning/searing beef first is essential to creating a rich flavor base.
  • 5Place onion around roast and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Turn roast once.
  • 6Add celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf to pot. Pour in 4 cups of beef stock (or water) and wine. Cover and place in pre-heated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until fork tender. Turn roast one time 1/2 way through cooking time. NOTE: may need to add additional water toward end of cooking time.
  • 7Remove roast from pot, cover and keep warm; set aside.
  • 8GRAVY:
    Sorry there are no measurements for the gravy, it's just one of those dishes you have to work with to get it right.

    Strain the drippings from the roast into a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add a few heaping spoonfuls (one at a time) of flour to the hot drippings; stirring to make paste. NOTE: you dont want this paste too dry or too wet. Add warm water, a cup at a time; stir. Keep adding additional water (and continue stirring) until your gravy is the consistancy you like.

    NOTE: If you used the rub recipe I used, no additonal seasoning is necessary.

    Spoon gravy over slices of roast, mashed potatoes and/or biscuits.

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About Savory Rubbed Pot Roast and Gravy

Course/Dish: Beef, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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