Cozy AF Beer Braised Pot Roast

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    An incredibly comforting and rich beer braised pot roast. It is cozy AF and you'll literally want bowls of it in the chilly months! #beerbraised #potroast #slowcooking #lowandslow #beef #roastrecipe

    Doesn’t this look cozy AF and make you want to dive on in?

    I want to just grab my plaid scarf, furry boots, a giant bowl and cozy up by the fire with this beer braised pot roast.

    The beef is so incredibly tender and it falls apart when you take a fork to it.

    The au jus has such deep, rich flavor from slowly cooking in the oven for 2 hours.

    An incredibly comforting and rich beer braised pot roast. It is cozy AF and you'll literally want bowls of it in the chilly months! #beerbraised #potroast #slowcooking #lowandslow #beef #roastrecipe

    Do you have to do the extra step of crisping up the beef?

    Yes! It really gives a great crust on the beef and makes sure the seasonings adhere to it. It really does give it so much more flavor.

    Can you use a different cut of beef?

    The original recipe used short ribs but I had a giant chuck roast in my freezer that I had to use up so I just cubed it and used it.

    I would suggest chuck roast or short ribs as they get super tender and flavorful.

    Is there a way to make this in the slow cooker?

    Probably but there is something so comforting about cooking it low and slow in the oven. It’s like the old traditional way of cooking and I love it.

    Can you make this in the Instant Pot?

    Yep, you certainly could but I don’t think you would get the depth of flavor as you would with this in the traditional oven.

    An incredibly comforting and rich beer braised pot roast. It is cozy AF and you'll literally want bowls of it in the chilly months! #beerbraised #potroast #slowcooking #lowandslow #beef #roastrecipe

    What do you serve this with?

    We actually just ate it as is. You can definitely roast up some other vegetables as a side dish but we were just as full with this as our entire meal.

    It would be great with a loaf of crusty bread to sop up all the delicious au jus!

    I can’t have alcohol, what can I replace it with?

    The big part of this recipe is getting the flavor from the beer/alcohol so I honestly would say that if you can’t have alcohol, I’d suggest you try a different recipe. This osso buco would be a great option!

    I don’t like brown ale, can I use something else?

    A more malty type beer is probably your best option. Or a porter. A stout would probably be okay but it might be too bitter. Definitely not an IPA or anything hoppy.

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    An incredibly comforting and rich beer braised pot roast. It is cozy AF and you'll literally want bowls of it in the chilly months! #beerbraised #potroast #slowcooking #lowandslow #beef #roastrecipe

    An incredibly comforting and rich beer braised pot roast. It is cozy AF and you'll literally want bowls of it in the chilly months! #beerbraised #potroast #slowcooking #lowandslow #beef #roastrecipe
    5 from 10 votes

    Cozy AF Beer Braised Pot Roast

    This rich and flavorful pot roast is the perfect dish to cozy up with on a chilly night! The ultimate comfort food!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 2 hrs
    Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 1177kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the spice mixture

    • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon curry powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

    For the rest of the dish

    • 2 1/4 pounds boneless chuck roast, cubed into 1 1/2-inch cubes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 stalks celery, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 handfuls baby carrots, sliced lengthwise
    • 1 cup beef stock
    • 1: 12-ounce bottle brown ale or porter
    • 14-15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, with juices
    • 2 bay leaves


    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire rack on top of a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
    • In a small bowl, mix together spice mixture. Sprinkle spice mixture on beef and coat on all six sides and gently pressing the mixture onto the beef. Place the seasoned beef onto the wire rack.
    • Bake for 15 minutes then remove from oven. Turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • While the beef is in the oven, heat the olive oil in a large cast iron dutch oven or braiser on medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add onion, celery, and garlic. Cook until just softened and then add the carrots. Remove from heat.
    • Pour the beef stock, ale, and diced tomatoes into the pot then stir to combine. Add in the bay leaves. Nestle the beef in the stew then cover and cook in the oven for two hours. With the last 30 minutes of cooking, you can opt to remove the lid to let the beef brown a bit.
    • Once done cooking, let sit for 15 minutes and then serve!


    Inspired by Amanda Frederickson and The Staub Cookbook
    Nutrition Facts
    Cozy AF Beer Braised Pot Roast
    Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
    Calories 1177 Calories from Fat 513
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 57g88%
    Carbohydrates 112g37%
    Protein 72g144%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • JenJ says:

    *shifty eyes* get in mah belly!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      :) :)

  • JACK NEWHALL says:

    Julie– What size dutch oven did you use? I have a Lodge 6 qt dutch oven, is that big enough? Will try this recipe this week!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, that will be plenty big! :) Mine it 6 quart too but my braiser (pictured) I think is slightly smaller so your 6 quart will definitely be perfect.

  • Laura says:

    I made this yesterday and I loved it! The meat was so tender and the stew had such a wonderfully rich flavor. It tasted even better the next day! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      So great to hear!!

  • Sarah says:

    How many cans of diced tomatoes?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      A 14-15 ounce can of diced tomatoes is usually 1 can.

  • Bill says:

    Not sure what “AF” is an abreviation for. Is it the same as a NA beverage?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      No, it’s not. It stands for “as f*ck” – it’s what people say these days, “cozy AF.” They add ‘AF’ at the end of something to describe something super good or fun. At least that’s how I interpret it.

  • autumn w says:

    this looks pretty darn perfect!!! It’s on the menu for next week! Thanks Julie <3

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  • Autumn W says:

    I have been doing A LOT of pressure cooking recently so I was excited to find this recipe and how you encourage cooking it the old fashioned way. Honestly, it’s totally worth it! The house smells amazing ! This recipe was really cozy AF and the broth is just so rich. I will totally make this again.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Ahh, thank you!! I’m so glad you made it the old-fashioned way and enjoyed it!

  • Kelly Elder says:

    Hi Julie! This looks amazing and I will be making it tomorrow. Am I able to brown the meat in my Dutch oven, or does it need to be in the oven on the wire rack?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      it’s preferable to do it on the wire rack but you can do it in the dutch oven for less of a cleanup!

  • Sarah says:

    I just made this — very easy and really delish. I added some potatoes, per my boyfriend’s request and it was a nice addition. Highly recommend trying this!

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