Start by pulling out your trusty crockpot! I live by my crockpot when my life gets super busy, this a great tool to have in the kitchen. Plug it in and put it on a 6-8 hour timer, pending on when you started the roast and when you want to eat dinner. If you don't have a timer put it on medium heat. If you start the pot roast in the morning, it should be fork tender when you get home from work.
Find a medium size sauté pan and place it over medium high heat. Add olive oil to the pan. Season the pot roast with salt and pepper. Once the pan is hot place the roast into the pan and sear all the sides. We aren't looking to cook the roast, we just want to build extra flavor before placing it into the crockpot.
To the crockpot add half of your potatoes to the bottom of the pot. Place your seared roast on top of the potatoes, fat side up. Your potatoes are acting as a bed for the roast.
Now add your carrots that you have washed, peeled, and halved. Also add thyme leaves and garlic cloves.
Almost done!! Add the rest of your potatoes and pour in your beef stock. Add enough stock to almost cover the ingredients in the crockpot. If you run out of beef stock just add a little water, it won't hurt one thing!
That's it! You just made dinner, how easy was that! Go run errands, go to work, shoot do a "me" day you deserve it. When you get home your house will smell like someone has been cooking all day, and you get to take all the credit.
To serve just remove the roast (it will literally be falling apart), potatoes, and carrots. Some people like the onions...my Grandpa Pick always ate them, so to this day I will always serve them.
***Sappy Story: This was the last meal I made my Grandpa Pick before he passed away. I asked him what he wanted for dinner before I took him to his final chemo treatment and he said "my favorite, pot roast!" We played cards, slept while getting chemo, came home and he lit up from the smell. To this day I will never forgetter his words..."tastes good Bear!" Food is memories, food is love, share it with your family!
I own a Hamilton Beach Crockpot (slow cooker), and swear by it. You can secure the lid when traveling with a meal and NOTHING will spill. Genius I tell you!!!