Heat a heavy bottom pot like a Dutch oven over high heat.* Ideally the pot should be just large enough to hold the roast and the cooking liquid without much extra space and have a tight-fitting lid.
When the pot is hot, add the oil, then carefully place the chuck roast in the pan and cook until it’s browned. It will take about five minutes on the first side. If the meat sticks to the pan, it isn’t ready to turn. When it is fully browned, it should release easily from the pan.
Turn the roast and brown the other side. When the second side is brown add the stock, vinegar, and seasonings and stir to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. There should be enough liquid to come about halfway up the sides of the roast.
Bring the stock to a boil, then cover the pot and turn the heat to low. Cook the roast, covered, until it is tender enough to cut with a fork but not yet falling apart. This should take about two to two and a half hours.
When the roast is done, remove the bay leaf and allow it to cool completely. Set aside 8 oz. and store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can use the other 8 oz. of braised chuck roast in the Beef with Vegetable Stir Fry recipe. You can divide it into portions before you refrigerate it for convenience.
Once the roast is cooked, begin preparing the pan sauce and vegetables. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat and add one tablespoon of butter.
When the butter is melted, add the cauliflower and cook until it is starting to look golden. Add the spinach to the pan and continue to cook until the spinach wilts.
Remove the vegetables to a plate and keep warm.
Add the 8 oz. of chuck roast and the half cup of reserved braising liquid to the same frying pan and turn the heat to high. Heat the beef through and allow the sauce to reduce. When it has reduced by more than half, add the remaining two tablespoons of butter and swirl into the sauce.
Transfer the beef and sauce to the plate with the vegetables and serve.
*You can cook the roast in a slow cooker, too. For best results, sear it and heat the stock before you put it all in the slow cooker, then set it to cook according to manufacturer’s directions for 6-8 hours.
Braised Chuck Roast with Pan Sauce and Vegetables
726.9 g (8 oz. of chuck roast with the sauce and vegetables)
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Taffy Elrod is a chef, cooking instructor, and recipe developer with a passion for making good food accessible to everyone. Born into a family of artists and cooks, she learned early on that food was a powerful medium for creation and change. She has been creating Keto Chow recipes since 2018 and also shares her favorite tips and tricks with Keto Chow blog readers to make their keto cooking and baking more successful and enjoyable. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband Pizza Man, and their rescue cat Kit-Kat.