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The Secret to Making the World’s Greatest Pot Roast – My P31 Home
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The Secret to Making the World’s Greatest Pot Roast

Recipe by Darlene Schacht

Have you ever wondered how to make a perfect pot roast? I did, for years. My intentions were good, but the results would just not measure up. That is until I learned the secret to making the melt in your mouth world’s greatest pot roast. It’s tender, it’s delicious, and it’s all in the timing. Time it right, and you’ll have a 10 out of 10 every time!

I’m also including a recipe for gravy and mashed potatoes below incase there are any beginners out there who need a bit more direction.


  • Pot roast (about 3 lbs)
  • Bacon
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Carrots (optional)
  • Onions (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 F.
  2. Place roast in a medium size roaster
  3. If you are adding carrots to the roast, you can put them around the roast.
  4. If you are adding onion, chop one medium yellow onion and put it in with the carrots.
  5. Butter the roast with a knife as you would a slice of toast. It’s a little tough to butter and will be thick here and there.
  6. Sprinkle minced garlic over the roast
  7. Cover the roast with about 5 pieces of bacon
  1. Salt and pepper the top of the roast.
  2. Cover roaster and place it in the oven at 250 F. for about 4 hours (this time is based on a 3 pound roast).
  3. You don’t need to add liquid, but if you would like to, you can add about 1/2 cup of water.
  4. About halfway through, open the roaster and push the bacon off of the top so the roast will brown.
  5. Once the roast is done, remove from the oven, and drain the juice to make gravy.

This is what it looks like after four hours. The beef is so tender you can pull it apart with a fork. I didn’t add any liquid to mine and look how juicy it is.

Beef Gravy:

  1. Put the juice from the roaster into a small pot.
  1. In a measuring cup, mix 2-3 tablespoons of flour with just a bit of cold water. You want to make a paste that is just a bit runnny. If you don’t make a paste, your flour will lump up.
  1. Add the flour mixture to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. I find it best to use a whisk for this. You might not need all of the flour, it really depends on how much gravy you have.
  2. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat. It will thicken as soon as it boils.
  3. Note: If you want a little extra gravy, add a bit of water and some beef oxo when you add the flour paste. This is what I did.

Heart-Stopper Mashed Potatoes

These potatoes are over the top delicious, but as you can tell by the name they aren’t the healthiest alternative to be eating every day. I make them once in a while when the family is in the mood for some of mom’s delicious comfort food.


  • 6 Medium Potatoes (2 per person is my rule of thumb).
  • 5 Slices of bacon chopped and fried (I used about half for the pot roast and the rest in the potatoes)
  • 1 c. of grated cheese (more or less depending on what you like)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 c. of milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. I stopped peeling our potatoes years ago. So I just wash them, put them in a pot, and add just enough water to cover them. Note: If you want them to boil faster, cut them in halves (I should have but forgot to).
  1. Salt the water, cover the pot, and bring them to a boil on high heat.
  2. Once they are boiling, turn down the heat to medium low.
  3. Continue boiling until you can easily poke the potato with a fork. If the fork slides easily to the center of the potato it’s done.
  4. Drain the potatoes and put them into a large mixing bowl to mash.
  5. Add the butter before the milk so it melts quickly. Add extra butter if you like.
  6. Add the milk, cheese, bacon, salt, and pepper. Add more or less of each according to your preference.
  7. Mash until they look well blended.

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About the Author:

Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.

She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.

My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.

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