Guinness Beef Roast –perfect every time!

Guinness and beef create the perfect combo for the most tender, flavorful, and EASY guinness beef roast you’ll ever make! This recipe uses only a few easy ingredients to create a delicious roast you’ll be making again and again.

Guinness roast is so fork tender!

I’ve been making versions of this recipe for years. Beer provides the best way to cook beef to create that tender, fall-apart texture you want. Guinness has a gorgeous caramel flavor that works beautifully in this roast recipe.

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Guinness roast is so fork tender!

Guinness Beef Roast

| 6 people
Prep Time | 5 minutes
Cook Time | 3 hours
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An easy roast recipe that gives you flavorful and tender meat every time!
Cost: 25


  • 1 3lb (around) chuck shoulder roast nicely marbled
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 12oz bottle Guinness porter
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  • In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Rub the spice mixture over the chuck shoulder roast to create a thick layer. Let sit while heating the pan.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet until hot. Test the heat by sprinkling a couple drops of water into the pan. If it sizzles immediately the skillet is ready.
  • Add the roast into the pan and do not move. Sear it on medium heat for 10 minutes. Repeat for the second side.
  • After the second side has been seared, flip and pour 1/4 cup of the Guinness over the roast. Top with a heavy lid. Cook for 30 minutes on low-medium heat.
  • After 30 minutes flip the roast, add an additional 1/4 cup of Guinness over the roast, cover, and cook for 30 minutes on low-medium heat. Turn the oven to 300 degrees.
  • After 30 minutes flip the roast, cover, and place into the hot oven.
  • Every 30 minutes while the roast is in the oven remove it, flip it, and pour a bit of Guinness over the top of the roast to moisten it.
  • Cook in the oven for a total of 2 hours.
  • Take out of the oven and let the roast rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Chuck shoulder roast for Guinness roast

Can you recommend other cuts of meat then shoulder roast?

Anything with the word chuck in it would work well. Or a bottom round roast, bottom eye roast, rump roast, eye round roast, top round, round tip roast. A rib roast or brisket would be even better!

dry rub for the Guinness beef roast
A dry rub helps lock in flavor on your Guinness beef roast

Is it necessary to use a dry rub on this Guinness beef roast?

Yes, it really is. Your meat should always be well seasoned before hitting the pan. Also the dry rub helps give the roast that beautiful sear. You could, however, use your favorite dry rub. Or simply salt & pepper. Just be sure whatever you choose in flavor compliments the Guinness.

cast iron pan for Guinness beef roast

Do I have to use a cast iron pan?

No, any large and heavy pan that goes from the stovetop to the oven will work. Just be sure the meat won’t be crowded. A cast iron pan, however, gives you a gorgeous sear, consistent heat, and works great from stovetop to oven.

Invest in a cast iron pan. A good first one is the 12inch from Lodge. Good price, good size, and a great quality.

Sear the Guinness beef roast on both sides before putting it into the oven.
seared roast for Guinness beef roast

Can I skip browning the meat on the stove?

Nope, don’t do it. The browning sears all the good stuff in the roast to keep it tender and flavorful.

Guinness poured over beef roast

Is there a substitute for Guinness?

A non-alcoholic substitute is beef broth. You won’t have the deep caramel flavor but it will still be tasty! Any good porter or stout would be a good substitute for the Guiness. I also have a red wine pot roast recipe with all the veggies you might want to try out.

Is it necessary to baste it every 30 minutes?

Kind of. You could stretch it to every 45 minutes or skip one. However, the secret to the tender meat is basting it with the alcohol regularly. Alcohol breaks down the tendons and fats resulting the BEST tender meat.

Also, basting it regularly keeps the drippings from burning on the pan allowing you the opportunity of turning it into gravy if you desire.

What do you serve with Guinness beef roast?

Anything! I like to serve mashed potato or mashed cauliflower, roasted veggies, and rolls. Sometimes, however, I make this roast to use the meat for sandwiches or pot pies later.

Guinness beef roast ready to be sliced and eaten

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