Grandma’s Sunday Oven Pot Roast


This pot roast recipe is similar to ones used across the country for Sunday Suppers. Oven Pot roast was a classic family Sunday dinner that Grandma would get started before heading to church and finish when everyone got home. Before the era of the crock pot, the oven did all the work. And I think making Grandma’s pot roast in an oven can’t be improved upon. It is simply the best.

Beef oven pot roast with red wine. Put the pot roast in the oven and let the oven do all the work.

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Let me walk you through making the best pot roast. It is a simple and easy process that just takes a bit of loving time in the oven.

Most of that time is simply waiting for the oven to do the work. Watch a movie, check your phone, do some laundry, or play with the kids while the roast is cooking.

There are several cuts of beef that work fine for a pot roast, I’m using an arm roast for this recipe. Whatever cut of beef you choose, you’ll want one about 3 pounds, for this recipe.

best pot roast, seared on all sides.

The beautiful thing about roasting a pot roast in the oven for hours is that it allows us to use a cheaper cut of meat. The roasting makes it SOOO good and rich. A budget-friendly recipe.

Wine works fabulous for roasting beef for a few reasons:

  1. Alcohol breaks down meat and tenderizes it.
  2. It gives you an excuse to drink some wine while you cook.
  3. The flavor from using wine is full-bodied and amazing!

You need a dutch oven or equally thick pan that can transfer from the stove to the oven. The thickness of a dutch oven is ideal for consistent cooking of the meat and keeping it from scorching. ([easyazon_link identifier=”B000N501BK” locale=”US”]this is the dutch oven I love and use often[/easyazon_link])

Veggies in an easy pot roast recipe.

Traditional veggies for a red wine pot roast are potatoes, celery, carrots, and onion but add some of your family’s faves. Rutabagas, mushrooms, parsnips, and squash are great additions. If you do add additional veggies than what is in the recipe, increase your liquid to give the veggies liquid to draw from and use to cook.

Do you know why so many people that make pot roast end up with soggy veggies but tender beef?

They add the veggies at the same time as the beef.

Don’t do that. Cook the beef roast for about 1 1/2 hours and then add the veggies. You’ll have perfectly tender veggies that aren’t mushy and gross.

Do you cover a beef roast in the oven?

There are a couple thoughts on this. And it depends. For this..yes! Most old-fashioned pot roasts made up in the oven are an old-fashioned version of a slow-cooker and rely on the steam and liquid to help cook everything.
However! I have made roast without covering it and basting it often and it is yummy yummy! Roast beef is a good example of this technique.

How long do you cook a beef roast in the oven?

Plan on 1 hour per pound. So, a 3 pound is about 3 hours. A 5 pound would be about 5.5-6 hours.

easy oven pot roast in a dutch oven.

You can make a delicious pot roast that your whole family will rave about. Really, you can!! And it is sooo much easier than you think to make this classic comfort food!

Add in the veggies your family prefers. Although it doesn’t get much more classic than potatoes, carrots, and onions. Rutabagas work well, turnips are a favorite, and sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the traditional potato.

IF you happen to have leftovers, they can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and are delicious in a breakfast hash, sandwich, or even a soup. IF you have leftovers :). It rarely seems to happen for me regardless of how well I plan.

the best easy oven pot roast with wine

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Beef oven pot roast with red wine
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Sunday Oven Pot Roast

this easy oven pot roast is the best! Made with wine 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, main dish, meat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
# of servings 8 servings


  • 1 3lb beef arm roast (or similar beef cut)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups full-bodied red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or use water and bouillion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion chunked
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4 large russet potatoes, chunked
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)


  • Preheat the oven to 325. Heat the oil in the pot on medium-high heat. Sprinkle seasoning salt on roast. Add roast to pan, cook 5 minutes. Turn to brown each side. 
  • Remove the roast from pan and add onions and garlic. Saute until garlic is fragrant and browned. Place the roast back into the pan. Add the red wine to the pot. Cover pan and bake for 1.5 hours. 
  • Remove pan from oven and add veggies and pour broth over the meat. Cover and bake for another 1-1.5 hours or until vegetables are tender and meat is cooked. 


are you a fan of Worcestershire sauce in your roasts? Go ahead and add a couple tablespoons!

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Other family best-loved beef recipes:

Poor Man's Beef Wellington Recipe

Tater Tot Hotdish

One-Pot Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni+on


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10 thoughts on “Grandma’s Sunday Oven Pot Roast”

    1. Yes, usually. That helps them not dry out. But go ahead and add them on top and about half way through the cooking time give them a little drizzle of the broth from the pan to help them not dry out.

    1. Oh no!! Important stuff. I just adjusted the recipe. Add the roast back after the garlic is sauteed. Pour the wine over and place it into the oven. The broth can go in now, if you like. I like to pour it over the roast when I add the veggies.

  1. So I’m currently making this but didn’t add the beef broth because it doesn’t say when to add? So I’m hoping the wine alone is okay. 😬

    1. The broth is to help give enough liquid to the veggies to cook without drying the meat out. If you still have time, go ahead and slowly pour it over the meat and put that right back in the oven. But I’m betting it will still be good without it!

  2. Do you have any substitute for the wine. It is Sunday and my town does not sell alcohol on Sunday and I would like to make this roast today:

  3. You do not include times or tempratures at all in your recipe for Grandmas Sunday Pot Roast. What would they be? Such as oven temprature. You also did not include the “steps” such as when to add ingredients .

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