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wooden bowl full of pot roast with grilled bread

There are so many fun, hip fusion recipes out there, but every now and then, I like to take a step back and slip into grandma’s kitchen to create a big bowl of classic comfort food.

But just because I’m going classic, doesn’t mean I can’t add my own twist. For me, that twist is almost always going to involve smoke and fire.

Choosing the Right Beef

This recipe starts with Certified Angus Beef ® brand chuck roast. Chuck comes from the front shoulder of the cow. It has nice marbling and is best cooked slow and low. By using Certified Angus Beef® brand, I know that the marbling I’m going to get is extra special.

Ranchers who are proud to raise Certified Angus Beef® brand cattle have to adhere to 10 stringent quality standards to ensure that the beef has the perfect amount of marbling and texture, which equates to juicy, tender, beefy flavor. Just check out all of that beautiful marbling.

Chuck roast on black table with salt and pepper in bowls

Dad’s Classic Way to Make Smoked Pot Roast

Most of my classic family recipes have been passed down to me from my father-in-law. They’re the type of recipes that don’t involve measuring. The type where you just adapt based on what’s in the fridge or pantry. For pot roast, he traditionally sears his chuck roast in a skillet on the stove and then adds the other ingredients for a nice slow cook. As for what goes in his pot, I don’t think he ever makes it the same way twice. While he almost always adds onions, carrots and potatoes, I’m never surprised when I find cabbage and green peppers.

The Girls Can Grill Way

Instead of searing the beef, I smoke it for two hours with a couple of chunks of hickory and cherry wood. This combination of wood marries up so well with beef. I find that it magically pulls out the beef’s natural sweetness.

Seasoned chuck roast on grill

You don’t need to go crazy with a rub. Just salt and pepper will do. After it smokes to medium rare and gets a beautiful crunchy bark, it’s time to add the roast to the pot.

glass bowl full of sliced beef on black table

You can finish the recipe on the stove if you want less smoke flavor, or you can spend the day outside and cook it all on the grill. That’s my obvious preference.

Sauté fresh onions and mushrooms, then add onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup. Add the sliced smoked chuck roast to the pot with some beef broth. Let the roast dance in that broth for about 2 1/2 hours, until it’s fork tender.

stirring pot of pot roast on grill with wooden spoon

It’s time to add the veggies. You don’t want to add them at the beginning because they’ll turn to mush. About one hour is all they need. This recipe calls for potatoes and carrots, but feel free to take a tip from dad and throw in whatever’s around.

I add a mixture of robust red wine and water to help cook the vegetables with a couple of spices. If you prefer not to use wine, you can use more beef broth instead.

ladle of pot roast over pot on grill

There is nothing quite like removing the lid and getting that aroma of a slow-cooked pot of love. The beef will literally melt in your mouth. Be sure to have some grilled bread or grandma’s yeast rolls on hand to sop up the broth.

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Smoked Pot Roast

Elevate a family classic – Smoked Pot Roast brings together the traditional flavors of pot roast with a hickory smoked chuck roast braised over the fire.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef® brand chuck roast
  • 2 tsps kosher salt
  • 2 tsps black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 ounce packet onion soup mix
  • 10 1/2 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 1/2 ounce can beef broth
  • 3 cups potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • Heat the smoker to 225-250F degrees. Season the chuck roast on all sides with salt and pepper. Smoke for 2 hours to an internal temperature of 140F degrees. Let rest.
  • Place a large pot on the grill or on the stovetop over medium heat. Heat the oil. Sauté the onions and mushrooms, until tender.
  • Add the onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and can of beef broth. Chop the beef and add to the pot. Cover and simmer until the beef is tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, water, wine, bay leaves, garlic and onion powder. Cover and continue cooking for 1 hour, until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



Calories: 647kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 57gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 1936mgPotassium: 1629mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3600IUVitamin C: 14.7mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 9.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. We LOVE this! What a great tutorial that makes smoking beef look so simple and doable. Love the photos, details and helpful tips. Truly sensational and our team is eager to give this recipe a try!

  2. I am a HUGE chuck roast advocate! I think it’s so flavorful for roasts and marinated on the grill. Definitely trying this one.

  3. I put the vegetables in when I put the roast in the pot and cooked it in my smoker for 4 hours. It turned out great.

  4. This is the best recipe for pot roast. I am sooooooo glad I found this. My wife just loves the way it is fixed and I am the Hero,…… Why????…….. Because,……NO cooking on her part. Thank you Christie for a great way to fix pot roast!!!!! Did all the cooking on the smoker no mess in HER kitchen!!!!!!! Winner Winner.