Add a delicious twist to your ordinary roast with this Cranberry Pot Roast recipe. You’ll make a super easy whole berry cranberry sauce with just a few ingredients, giving the beef chuck roast a unique flavor the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Why you should try this beef roast recipe
Cooking a chuck roast to fork tender isn’t hard, but coming up with different varieties can be. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. It takes the flavors of the season by using fresh cranberries to whip up not only a homemade cranberry sauce but also a roast beef meal that still pairs with the traditional carrot and potato sides.
Everything is cooked in the crock pot, which cuts back on prep time and the cooking time is long enough for you to get other things done throughout the day. By dinnertime, you’ll have the finished roast on a serving platter and ready to eat. It’s sure to be a huge hit! If you are looking for a classic pot roast, try my Slow Cooker Pot Roast.
- Chuck Roast: You’ll want to use a beef chuck roast that is at least 3 pounds, especially if you’re feeding a family.
- Vegetable Oil: This is used to sear the roast before adding it to the crockpot.
- Seasonings: Salt, black pepper, minced garlic cloves, dried rosemary, and bay leaf are used to season this meal.
- Baby Potatoes: These will be halved to create a hearty dish.
- Baby Carrots: The small size is just enough to help give this dish a great side option and goes well with the potatoes.
- Fresh Cranberries: These can be fresh dried cranberries or frozen cranberries. If you can’t find them, they can be left out altogether. If you have left over cranberries, make my Warm Christmas Punch recipe.
- Whole Cranberry Sauce: All the juices from this sauce combined with the fresh cranberries adds an amazing burst of tartness, but not too overbearing. (Jellied cranberry sauce can be used).
- Onion Soup Mix: I recommend using a packet of Lipton onion soup mix for this recipe. If you prefer you can make a homemade onion soup mix.
- Beef Stock: This is used to help create the liquid that will later be turned into a delicious gravy that can be used as a garnish.
- Cornstarch: Optional if needed for thickening.
Step One – Place the seasoned pot roast into a large skillet with vegetable oil that has been heated over medium-high heat.
Step Two – Sear the roast in the skillet until nicely browned on all sides.
Step Three – In the slow cooker add the baby potatoes, carrots, and fresh cranberries.
Step Four – Place the seared chuck roast on top.
Step Five – In a small bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, soup mix, garlic, beef stock, and dried rosemary.
Step Six – Pour the cranberry mixture on top of the chuck roast and add the bay leaves.
Step Seven – Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily pulls apart with a fork.
Step Eight – In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water.
Step Nine – Stir the thickening mixture into the juice from the cooked pot roast.
Step Ten – Remove roast and place it on a serving platter and shred using two forks. Add cranberries and vegetables and serve the pot roast with the cranberry sauce on top and garnishes of your choice. Enjoy!
How to serve
- This dish already has everything needed to create a full meal, so you can’t go wrong by serving it as is. You can always add dinner rolls, a dinner salad or slow cooker green bean casserole.
- You can use some of the baby potatoes to make mashed potatoes and top them with some of the canned cranberry sauce.
- As for toppings, you can add additional salt and pepper, fresh thyme, a drizzle of olive oil and apple cider vinegar (for a kick), as well as the berry sauce.
Recipe FAQs and Variations
Of course! They both taste great in this recipe.
Yes, skip the whole cranberry sauce and use jellied instead if you prefer a smoother sauce.
Yes. Make sure to sear the chuck roast before placing it in the slow cooker. This step helps lock in the flavors and adds a nice texture to the meat.
The fresh cranberries add a burst of tartness to balance the sweetness of the cranberry sauce. If fresh cranberries are not available, you can leave them out.
You can adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. Feel free to add additional herbs or spices such as thyme or garlic powder.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pot Roast
- 3 lbs. chuck roast
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 lb. baby potatoes Halved
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 14 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1 oz. packet Lipton onion soup mix
- 1 cup beef stock
- 4 cloves garlic Minced
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch optional if needed for thickening
- Pat the chuck roast dry with a paper towel, season all sides with pepper and salt.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sear the roast in the skillet until brown on all sides. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the slow cooker add the baby potatoes, carrots, and fresh cranberries. Place the seared chuck roast on top.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, soup mix, garlic, beef stock, and dried rosemary.
- Pour the cranberry mixture on top of the chuck roast and add the bay leaves.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily pulls apart with a fork.
- (Optional): If you desire a thicker gravy, remove the beef from the slow cooker and set it aside. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir this mixture into the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for an additional 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
- Remove the bay leaves from the slow cooker. Shred the beef using two forks.
- Serve the pot roast with the cranberry sauce on top. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!
- Make sure to sear the chuck roast before placing it in the slow cooker. This step helps lock in the flavors and adds a nice texture to the meat.
- The fresh cranberries add a burst of tartness to balance the sweetness of the cranberry sauce. If fresh cranberries are not available, you can leave them out.
- You can adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. Feel free to add additional herbs or spices such as thyme or garlic powder.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.