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How do I cook a roast?

One of the questions I get is, how the heck do I cook a roast?  Have no fear, after you read this, you will be confident in how to cook one!

There’s not much better than coming home from a long day to a warm and cozy meal.  A roast is a perfect option due to its versatility when cooking.  You can slow roast a classic pot roast in the oven, cook low and slow all day in a slow cooker, or get supper on the table quickly with a pressure cooker, like an Instant Pot.  The best part of cooking a roast….you get plenty of leftovers for dinner the next day!  

My Favorite Roasts

  • Chuck Roast
  • Sirloin Tri-Tip Roast
  • Rump Roast
  • Arm (Shoulder)  Roast

My whole family loves fall-apart tender Angus beef roast.  We claim Sunday as our “family farm day”.  We load up in either the truck or our Polaris Ranger and head out for the day. Usually, we start the day by checking our cows and feeding them whatever they are in need for the day.  This is the most fun when we are calving because we get to help tag the new babies.

Then, we usually pick a spot to work for the day.  Whether it’s clearing some brush, fixing fences, or controlled burning, we pick a project that we can all work on.  During hay season, it’s usually us running the “support Ranger” with supplies and food.  Occasionally, I get talked into hauling hay a few times through the summer.  Sometimes we talk dad into quitting early for some fishing or swimming in the creek. 

A classic slow cooker pot roast makes for a perfect Sunday dinner on these busy days we are out and about working on the farm.  For this, I pick an Angus beef chuck roast and keep it simple.  Coarse salt and black pepper to season the roast with some of my homemade beef broth, and cook low and slow for 8 to 10 hours.  When I get home, I finish the meal off with some mashed potatoes and make gravy out of the liquid that cooks off the roast.  The perfect meal to come home to!

Angus Beef Chuck Roast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 365 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker


  • 1 Heartland Beef Co.Prime Angus Beef Chuck Roast
  • 1 tbsp Coarse Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worchestshire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Beef Broth or Base


  • Generously season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper.
  • Place roast (can be frozen or thawed) in a slow cooker.
  • Cover the roast with 1/2 cup of beef broth.
  • Seal and turn on the slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Drain off some liquid and brown bits for cooking a delicsiou grazy.
  • Shred roast and pour gravy over top, serve with mashed potatoes for an easy meal!
Keyword Prime Angus Beef

Another great thing food can do is stir our memory.  The smells and taste warm us up to our core.  One thing my husband constantly talks about, his grandmother made the best pot roast.  He loves to tell our kids about his memories as a kid of square balling all day and his grandma making the best roast beef.  Using a large roasting pan and cooking first on medium-high heat, then reducing the temperature gives a roasted sirloin tri-tip roast the feel of a special occasion meal.  

This Sunday supper-type meal does take some more work and the use of an internal meat thermometer.  If you have the time on a Sunday afternoon, I promise it is worth the time and will bring back those nostalgic memories.   

Classic Roast Beef

Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Heartland Beef Co. Prime Angus Sirloin Tip Roast
  • 1 tbsp Coarse Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Onion


  • In a roasting pan, layer diced onions and garlic.
  • Generously cover each side of the roast with salt and pepper.
  • Add to the roasting pan and roast on medium-high heat, 400-450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Immediately reduce heat to a low temperature, 225-250 degrees.
  • Roast for roughly 20-25 minutes per pound until the internal temperture reads 145 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and let the roast rest. Use the brown bits from the roasting pan to make gravy. Slice and add gravy over roast, serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy this comfort meal!
Keyword Prime Angus Beef

Last but not least, a one-pot weeknight meal.  Yes, you read this correctly, you can make a pot roast on a busy evening as soon as you get home from work.  The pressure cooker has become such a popular appliance because they speed up cooking and make for easy clean-up.  And this next meal does just that.  This easy recipe works with any type of roast and is a great way to get a hearty, easy pot roast meal on the table. 

This is also a great way to cook up a roast if you forgot to thaw meat for supper.  In less than 2 hours, you can have a set-it-and-forget meal.  Add in some cubed potatoes and carrots and you can call it supper.  Let’s face it, we all love one-pot meals!

One-Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Pressure Cooker


  • 1 Heartland Beef Co. Prime Angus Roast (any cut)
  • 1 package Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package Dry Ranch Mix
  • 3 Medium Cubed Potatoes
  • 1 cup Whole Carrots or Baby Carrots, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Beef Base or Beef Broth


  • Place roast in a pressure cooker and add both packages of seasoning.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of beef broth or 2 tbsp beef base and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Add in cubed potatoes and carrots.
  • Close and seal the pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 45 minutes if the roast is thawed and 60 minutes if frozen.
  • The key to juicy pressure cooker roast beef is to let the beef naturally release. Do not open until the pin drops, trust me on this!
  • Serve in bowls with some garlic bread for a quick and easy meal!
Keyword Prime Angus Beef

There you have it.  Three different roast beef recipes that might be unfamiliar to you.  Each option gives you great flavor but can be tailored to your family’s needs.  I hope that you can use each recipe card when deciding what to feed your family at mealtime.  

Whether you pick an Angus beef chuck roast, sirloin tri-tip roast, rump roast, or arm roast, all are a great way to provide your family with a classic pot roast option.  After this, you’ll be confident enough to take on an Angus beef prime rib recipe, suited for all your special occasions!

Know where your next meal comes from, it’s okay to have beef with us! 

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