Nana’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Gravy

pot roast potatoes and carrots with homemade gravy

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There are many special memories I can share about my Nana. She was funny, brutally but necessarily honest and had the most beautiful smile. And while I can go on and on about her to anyone that will listen (or read), I love to cook her favorite dishes so that my family remembers her through her recipes. Today, since it’s Yom Kippur, I want to share one of my favorite recipes, Nana’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Gravy.

Isn’t it funny how certain smells and tastes can instantly transport you back to your childhood. I vividly remember coming home from school and knowing exactly what she was cooking by the aroma that filled the front foyer.

Sitting down at that small round table in her yellow and white wallpapered kitchen, I would often ask for seconds because the meat was so tender and the gravy was so creamy. It tasted like home.

pot roast or beef brisket in a crock pot

pot roast potatoes and carrots on a plate

rae dunn oh good gravy boat

Once I became a Mom and she handed me the recipe, I’ve adapted it just a bit. I use our crock pot and add everything to the slow cooker in the morning, so our home can be filled with that yummy pot roast smell for the entire day.

My kids walk through the front door and the look on their faces is almost exactly how I imagined I looked as a child. And I can only hope that as they have families of their own, it becomes a family tradition that goes on and on, along with the memory of our incredible Nana.

While the recipe is very easy to follow, one thing I do want to mention is that you shouldn’t skimp on the seasoning. This should be a large piece of beef brisket and so you should season accordingly.  You can also use fresh, minced garlic if you are a garlic lover like Nana was.

beef brisket potatoes and carrots

pot roast potatoes and carrots with homemade gravy

Slow Cooker Pot Roast With Homemade Gravy

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beef brisket potatoes and carrots

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Gravy


One of our Nana's specialties, this beef brisket is tender and goes perfectly with the homemade gravy and potatoes.


  • 3 lb beef brisket or pot roast
  • 1 onion (cut length wise)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 6 carrots (peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (canned)
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 small potatoes (chopped)
  • 1 can water


  1. Add oil to pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Season meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Brown meat in pan, on all sides.
  4. Add carrots, potatoes, onions, bay leaf and green pepper to the slow cooker. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  5. Add browned meat on top of your veggies in the slow cooker.
  6. Top with tomato sauce. Fill can with water and add to slow cooker.
  7. Cover and set to high for 4-6 hours. Then, you can turn to low until you're ready to eat.
  8. Remove meat, potatoes and half of the carrots.
  9. Put remaining veggies and sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over meat and serve along side potatoes and carrots.
  • Category: Main Course

Don’t forget to check out my other family-favorite recipes. especially Nana’s Claremont Salad and Classic Goulash. What dishes do you remember from your childhood? Comment below and share it with me!

My Nana's pot roast and gravy recipe tastes like home. Just add your ingredients to the slow cooker and dinner is served.

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  1. This pot roast recipe reminds me so much of my Grandma’s recipe! I can’t wait to try it and see if it tastes the same.

  2. How I love homemade gravy! That looks really good and a must try! I like that slow cooker by the way.

  3. Such a beautiful sentiment that you are keeping her memories alive by sharing her meals and recipes with your family.
    XO, MJ

  4. I really need this slow pot cooker and try this recipe. It’s look so delicious and yummy. I can taste it while staring on the picture. It makes me hungry this time <3

  5. I absolutely love family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing this yummy pot roast with homemade gravy! I would love to try and cook it for my family one of these days.

  6. I love cooking with my slow cooker as it saves me a lot of time, this pot roast dish looks perfect for dinner for the whole family. Would love to give this a go.

  7. why o whhy. this loooks so yummmmy! i swear im drooling right now. it is almost dinner! lovely recipe.

    cha @

  8. Wow, this looks really delicious and I am sure my husband would love to taste this dish.

  9. THIS is making me super hungry that I can hear my tummy growl! I can’t wait to go home and try thi.

  10. It looks amazing! I can hardly wait to try your recipe! Love all the ingredients in it!

  11. This pot roast looks so damn tasty. I have never had pot roast before so I am curious to know how it tastes.

  12. This colourful dish photo makes me hungry. The meat looks nice and succulent. Thanks for sharing an easy and delicious pot roast with gravy recipe.

  13. Nana’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Gravy sounds so yummy! I hope I can make this recipe soon. So good! Yum Yum!

  14. Such an easy but healthy and delicious dish to prepare for the family I am so excited to make this on this weekend, thanks for sharing!

  15. I would have never thought about making a pot roast with a brisket. That is a brilliant idea. Your homemade gravy sounds delicious.

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  16. The color of the gravy looks interesting and I have to give it a go. I may use pork to replace beef as we could not have fresh beef here.

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  17. I haven’t made pot roast in a long time. I think it is about time that I did. Pot roast is such a comfort food that everyone in my family enjoys.

  18. A beautiful recipe to celebrate a dinner time together. Family recipes have a lot of memories and energy in them.

  19. Yeah buddy, this looks amazing. I can’t wait to get this going. I now know what I will be making for dinner Saturday.

  20. This recipe looks so good. I love making pot roast in the slow cooker. I usually make this around this time of year as well. It’s the perfect time to make it.

  21. Oh my goodness this is all I need in my life. I am craving this and some company right about now.

  22. I love roast and I have not had it in a while. I make mine in my slow cooker too and I can’t wait to make one now that the weather is cooler. I am going to try your recipe for gravy too. Thanks !

  23. I have never served gravy with my pot roast but it looks amazing. I just purchased two roasts and was looking for an idea to make with them. Pot Roast with gravy sounds perfect!

  24. Oohhhh I don’t know why I ever thought to make a roast with brisket in the crock pot. Just so happens that I have a brisket in the fridge. Marking this one for sure!

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    1. Nanas has the greatest hidden recipes. This looks like something that my friends are going to like. I love this!

  25. Ooh this recipe is mouthwatering! I love how easy it is — such a great family meal!

  26. Blending the remaining veggies is something I’ve never thought of doing! This pot roast looks incredible!

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  27. Pot roast to me is a true Fall meal. I love the vegetables cooking with the meat. Your nana’s recipe looks spectacular and very delicious!

  28. My husband would love for me to make this for dinner. I love that it can be made in the slow cooker.

  29. Pot roast is one of our favorite meals to make in a crock pot. We make it at least twice a month in the cooler months. I look forward to trying this.

  30. Yummy! I haven’t had pot roast in years, but I will make sure to remedy that with this recipe soon.

  31. So hearty. So comforting. It sounds amazing. Like something I definitely want to tuck into on a cool evening in the winter!!!