The Absolute BEST Pot Roast with Gravy

This is no exaggeration. Once you try this you’ll be hooked. Make for company or holidays or just a leisurely weekend meal. If you’re lucky you may even have leftovers.

5 lb. beef bottom round roast
4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 minced garlic cloves
4 bay leaves
1 large onion peeled & sliced thinly
1 packet or 1 cube beef bouillon
1/2 cup boiling water
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1 can (14 oz.) chicken or beef stock

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Take out a pan large enough to hold roast (or slice it in 2 halves) that is also oven proof. Place the oil in the pan, heat up and while it is heating rub 2 Tbps. vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and pepper all over the roast. Place in the pan, brown on medium high heat for 4 minutes on each side.

In a medium bowl, dissolve the bouillon in the hot water, add the cream of mushroom soup, the other 2 Tbsp. vinegar and combine well. When beef has browned, turn fat side up and place the onions, bay leaves and minced garlic on and around roast. Slowly pour the soup mixture over and around roast then place in the oven, covered, for about 5-6 hours.

Once done, remove from pan and set aside, place pot on stove top and turn heat to medium-low. Whisk the cornstarch and cold water together and stirring, blend into the gravy, keep stirring while you add the can of stock and keep stirring until blended well. Cover and simmer this gravy for 20-30 minutes.