Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Bacon and Root Vegetables

by kara on September 25, 2011



I’m recovering from foot surgery and not able to move around much in the kitchen.  This means we’ve been cooking simple meals.   Last week’s weather was perfect for pot roast.  I’m normally not the biggest fan of pot roast and thought adding bacon might change my mind.   It certainly did, proving once again that everything tastes better with bacon. This recipe smelled great while cooking in the slow cooker and was a big hit with my boys.  It makes a large amount of food.  We made shredded beef sandwiches from the leftovers the next evening and froze the rest for later.


Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Bacon and Root Vegetables

6 slices bacon, halved crosswise

3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces

3 large parsnips, peeled, cut in 2 inch chunks

6 large carrots, peeled, cut in 2-inch chunks

Kosher salt

Black pepper

1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, divided

Bay leaf

1 boneless beef top round roast, about 3 pounds, trimmed of visible fat

1 large onion, sliced in large pieces

2 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 cup beef broth

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 heaping tablespoons tomato paste

2-3 Tbsp. cold water

2-3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

Fresh Italian parsley



Place slices of bacon in bottom of the slow cooker.  Top with potatoes, parsnips, and carrots.  Season with Kosher salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and bay leaf.

Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat in a saute pan.  Season the roast with salt and pepper and brown it on each side.

Place roast on top of vegetables in slow cooker.  Top with onion slices and garlic.

In a bowl, combine the beef broth, water, worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste.  Stir thouroughly and place on top of roast.

Cook roast on low for 8-10 hours.  Once done, place roast on a platter surrounded by vegetables.  Top with fresh Italian parsley.

Pour liquid from slow cooker into a pan and boil for 5 minutes.  Add water and flour together in a small bowl and mix with liquid to make a gravy.  Whisk and simmer until liquid is thickened to make a gravy.  Serve gravy on the side.

Welcome to Fall!




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SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

This looks delicious! I’m so in the mood for fall foods :)

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