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BBQ Pot Roast

BBQ Pot Roast is an easy and delicious family meal that only requires a few ingredients. A chuck roast is cooked in BBQ sauce with some onions and garlic and the result is the most flavorful pot roast you have ever tasted!

BBQ Pot Roast


I don’t think there’s any better food for cold weather than pot roast. The BBQ Sauce defintely gives the pot roast a different feel and you could easily shred it and serve it in tacos as a spring or summer meal.

I cooked this recipe in my oven but you could make it in your slow cooker instead. If you do you will need to cook it for about 7 to 8 hours on LOW or 5 to 6 on HIGH.

BBQ Pot Roast


I like to use a thick and a little bit sweet BBQ Sauce, like a Kansas City-style sauce. I think it works best for this BBQ Pot Roast recipe.

The meat gets seared in a Dutch oven and then onion and garlic get added along with an entire bottle of BBQ Sauce. When I say BBQ Pot Roast, I mean BBQ Pot Roast! This meat has tons of bbq flavor.

Then it slow cooks in the oven for about 3 hours at which point it is perfectly tender, easily shreddable, and so full of flavor!

BBQ Pot Roast is delicious served with rice or potatoes for a filling family meal. It’s pure comfort food!

BBQ Pot Roast


BBQ Pot Roast

BBQ Pot Roast

BBQ Pot Roast is an easy and delicious family meal that only requires a few ingredients. A chuck roast is cooked in BBQ sauce with some onions and garlic and the result is the most flavorful pot roast you have ever tasted!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 3 hours
TOTAL: 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) bottle BBQ sauce, I used Sweet Baby Ray's


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper all over chuck roast.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch Oven. I like to use my Le Creuset.
    Add chuck roast and cook about 2 minutes a side to sear.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Pour bbq sauce on top of chuck roast, lifting it to let some go underneath.
  • Cover and place in oven and cook for 2 hours. Remove from oven, turn roast overn and return to oven for 1 hour. I like to cook it uncovered for the last 30 minutes to thicken the sauce.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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Recipe adapted from The Gunny Sack


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24 thoughts on “BBQ Pot Roast”

  1. I made it in my slow cooker after searing it, I added red pepper flakes and brown sugar and some dales seasoning it was delicious it cooked 8 hours on low

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious! I love a good pot roast but I was looking for something to add a zing and this looks perfect I’m trying it tonight thank you for posting your recipe!

  3. just put mine in the oven… but I added a little Liquid Smoke and some beef broth for more outdoorsy flavor..

  4. Wonderfully easy to make…slow and low is definitely the way to go. I didn’t have a full 28 oz bottle of BBQ sauce so I improvised with extra ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, fresh ginger, hot sauce, honey, brown sugar and a can of real Coke…brightened the flavors with a splash of apple cider vinegar at the end. Can’t wait for lunch time for a taste!!!

  5. I have about 4lbs of meat. Should I cook it for two hours and then flip and cook for another two hours (instead of one since it’s an extra pound)? I just don’t want to overcook.

  6. Cassi Petersen

    Great recipe. I added a bay leaf, a cup of red wine to the sauce/onion mixture and covered one side of the browned roast in celery seed. Cooked for two hours, turned the oven off for one hour ( because I had to leave the house) and then flipped the roast and cooked for the last hour. AMAZING flavor and tenderness!

  7. Delicious! Added jalapeños as mentioned in review and kicked up the spice just enough. Cooked for time as suggested in recipe. Check often the last hour as it dried up a bit and sauce burned around edges. But still really yummy. Will make again a and again.

  8. I am excited to try this recipe for the Super Bowl! I will have 10-12 for dinner. How would you adjust the cooking time for a 5 pound roast? Thank you!

  9. Outrageously fantastic! Had a chuck roast in the freezer, and I am just over “pot roast”! This is a perfect solution! Nice cornbread and salad on the side, and we ate well and happily! Thank you!

  10. Big hit with my family. I browned the meat and softened veg on stovetop then finished in slow cooker. Great summer meal with a slaw on the side.

  11. My favorite meal is chuck roast, mashed potatoes and gravy. This bbq roast recipe is fabulous, the roast was so tender and full of flavor! The bbq sauce went well with the mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for a side made this meal complete!

  12. Simone Musil

    I make this once a week. My son is picky but eats this till its gone! Serve it over white rice & fried rice or mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. Sometimes I throw a cup of frozen broccoli in crock pot last hour of cooking after i shred meat or slice meat thin too. So easy and good. This is the only meal I never have leftovers of

    1. Marcia Isakson

      I cut up a pork roast in 6 pieces and add to beef roast for more flavor but with this I won’t need to! Thanks

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