Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast

If you’re looking for something a bit different, and if you’re like me and love anything with Balsamic vinegar, here’s a super easy pot roast! No browning needed and it turns out beautifully. Every time. This is a long time family fave from one of the Fine Cooking Comfort Magazines.

Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast
Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast

I show it here with Fettuccine, or was it Linguine? which made a nice change, but I’m really a mashed potatoes fan and my fave to go with this is garlic mashed potatoes. Funny I’ve never posted that recipe – but soon, I think. Maybe I thought you all know how to make them, but I do have a special twist to complicate them all up, haha, but it makes them fantastic and mellow. Consider that a teaser!

This pot roast makes an abundance of sauce, not a thick, gravy like sauce, but I suppose if you wish, you could add about a teaspoon or teaspoon and a half of cornstarch mixed with a little water to thicken it up. Just bring the sauce to a simmer and it will give it a bit more body.

With all this vinegar, as you might imagine, this sauce is an aromatic, heady brew of flavors. We love it as is, but if you’d like to tone things down a bit, try a touch of sugar in the sauce, brown sugar would be lovely.

Look for pot roasts on sale, and any time from the Christmas holiday up to about mid-February is the perfect time to buy at rock bottom prices. With all the special high-end roasts sold around Christmas and New Years, there is an abundance of regular old chuck – and its fairly inexpensive.

Pot Roast never seems to be “cheap” anymore, but keep the sides reasonable (we love this with our fave Glazed Carrots) and try to eke out an extra meal (or two) from the leftovers. We like to do leftovers the next day because this pot roast just gets better and better, then maybe sandwiches, quesadillas or a little shepherd’s pie to stretch it for the third.

Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast
Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast

Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast

  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 3 large cloves garlic slivered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or abt 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 medium onions, sliced in half then in thin slices
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce canned tomatoes, chopped with juice

Poke holes all over meat and insert slivers of garlic. Place in a nonreactive pan (a glass baking dish or large Ziploc bag will work, too.) Combine rosemary and vinegar, pour over meat, turning to coat. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to cook, heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread onions in a large casserole or roasting pan. Nestle meat into onions and pour marinade over all. Add tomatoes and juice over the top. (No need to stir.)

Cover tightly with lid or foil and cook until easily pierced by fork, three to three and a half hours. Remove lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Defat juices if desired and pass with roast.

If you wish, you may slightly thicken juices with a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of cornstarch mixed with a bit of water. Stir into juices, bring to a simmer and serve.

From the kitchen of, adapted from Fine Cooking.


You know I’ll be bringing this to our Throwback Thursday #24 Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, and Moi! That’s right – me! Click over to our Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or just click on the blue leapfrog, below, to view all the posts or enter your own!

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32 thoughts on “Balsamic Marinaded Pot Roast”

    1. Thanks, me too! My folks, though, especially love it – well, we’re in the midwest where ppl eat imo a LOT of meat…and this is a great one! My dad was freaking when he saw me lay all the onions in the bottom of the dish…

  1. Wow – I often use balsamic vinegar to flavour beef sauces – worth testing the expensive aged ones of you haven’t already – flavour is amazing and you only need half the amount of the more stand stuff….

    1. Hey Laura, you hit the nail on the head – while I have a budget to keep, sometimes buying quality, even though it costs a bit more up front, saves in the long run! I often buy the balsamic at Trader Joes, it’s a nice compromise and very suitable for a lot of things. I did just use plain old grocery store balsamic for this one though.

  2. Can you believe, we are out of balsamic vinegar? Shocking, I know. We are also running low on mustard supplies. That’s the trouble when you live in a part of the world where delis are thin on the ground… The Hungry Dad would think all his Christmases had come at once if I made this for him 🙂

    1. Well, you have my deepest sympathies on the Balsamic! I am having a bit of a shock now because I’m staying with my folks and they live in a much smaller area than my twin cities. It’s much harder to find some things!

      I think you should make this for HD, though! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Suzanne, on the correction btw! 🙂 Bless your heart! I almost thought to email you to look over my more complicated Boston Cream Pie – I *think* I got it, though, lol! I don’t know where my mind has been lately…

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