Slow cooker beef pot roast with gravy and roast potatoes

Slow cooker beef pot roast

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 7 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 6 - 8

Get this beef brisket in the slow cooker first thing in the morning so that by the evening your Sunday dinner is an absolute breeze. Perfect for busy family weekends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal470
  • fat25g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1½ kg rolled beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 sticks of celery, chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 80g button mushrooms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • 500ml red wine
  • 250ml beef stock


  1. Heat 2 tbsp sunflower oil in a large pan. Dust 1½ kg rolled beef brisket with 2 tbsp plain flour and season well with salt and pepper.

  2. Put 3 chopped carrots, 3 chopped celery sticks, 2 chopped parsnips, 1 chopped onion and 80g button mushrooms in the bottom of your slow cooker and turn it to Low.

  3. Sear the beef all over in the hot pan then place it on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.

  4. Add the 2 bay leaves, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tsp English mustard then pour over 500ml red wine and 250ml beef stock. Cover with the lid and cook for 7 hours.

  5. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Carefully take the beef out of the slow cooker and place it on a baking tray then roast it in the oven for 20 mins.

  6. While the beef is in the oven, carefully ladle the cooking liquid out of the slow cooker into a shallow pan. Boil rapidly on a high heat to reduce to a rich gravy.

  7. Serve the beef sliced with roast potatoes, the softened vegetables, gravy and wilted greens, if you like.

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Stephanie Nye's picture
Stephanie Nye
6th Oct, 2019
Did this for my first ever roast dinner and it came out lovely. I put the veg on a tray to roast in the oven for 20 minutes as well as the meat
rachalmers's picture
5th Oct, 2018
Great recipe. Love it.
dysfcuktional's picture
29th Jul, 2018
I bought a 2kilo piece of brisket, seared it in an ovenproof pan along with 2 onions and put it in the oven on low (lid on) for 6 hrs, along with 750ml beef stock (just oxo and water). Added a glass of red wine part way through and turned it over and took it out of the oven and left it in its liquid for 30 mins, then transferred to a warm plate and covered for 15 mins with foil to rest. Absolutely fantastic. I did the veg separately and ut was the most tender, tasty piece of beef I've had in mths. Choose the correct meat; brisket crumbles and it is not meant to be firm like an oven roasted joint. I like it like crumbly, it melted in the mouth!
naylor.hg's picture
25th May, 2018
Used a 1.6 kg brisket, also cooked for 9 hours, used 100 ml more wine and 150 ml more stock, no mushrooms. Apart from that followed the recipe. Was amazing. Had beef baguettes with the left over meat and gravy today. Will definitely make again.
10th Dec, 2017
Great flavours, but after 7 hours in the slow cooker and 20 mins in the oven the meat (beef brisket) hadn’t cook as expected. It was very chewy and we ended up leaving the meat and just eating the veg with a jacket potato. I think on my slow cooker it needs to be cooked on Medium rather than Low to break down the meat structure.
Ian 68's picture
Ian 68
19th Nov, 2017
Super recipe very easy and 4 clean plates
3rd Nov, 2017
Really pleased with this- left out the parsnips and didn’t cook in the oven at the end. Next time I may use an extra bit of wine and stock in order to stretch it over a few days. Fussy kids were happy
archwaykid's picture
15th Oct, 2017
If ever there was a Razzies for recipes submitted, this one would do a clean sweep. Utter rubbish and the meat turned up crumbly. The veggies were soggy and terrible! Rightfully, it ended up in the bin because I felt that even my dog deserved better. I don't quite understand the positive reviews posted for this atrociousness however.
dysfcuktional's picture
29th Jul, 2018
Brisket is a cut of meat that's meant to be crumbly, particularly at low temps with slow cooking. Try Silverside as its retains structure.
5th Sep, 2017
I followed this recipe, but after roasting in the oven, when I was carving the meat it was all crumbly ?


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Ian 68's picture
Ian 68
19th Nov, 2017
Super recipe very easy and 4 clean plates at the end superb
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