Paleo Pot Roast
- 1 boneless 4 pound chuck roast, well marbled with fat (I get my beef from ButcherBox, which I highly recommend)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 whole onions, skins removed, cut in quarters
- 8 medium carrots, scrubbed, cut in 2″ slices
- 4 whole cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 4 or 5 cups beef broth, plus more may be needed for gravy
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
Paleo Pot Roast
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees with the oven rack in the bottom third. Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat.
- Pat the pot roast dry with a paper towel, then season all sides with salt. (I don’t season the meat with pepper because I find that browning it at this high heat gives the pepper a bitter taste.)
- Add the olive oil to the dutch oven, then brown the meat on all sides until it is golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
- Remove the meat from the dutch oven and transfer to a plate. Add in half the carrots, the garlic, the tomato paste, pepper, and 1 cup of the beef broth. Scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the dutch oven. Add the meat back on top of the carrots, nestle the onion, remaining carrots, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf around the pot roast. Pour in enough beef broth to come up 1/2″ from the way up to the meat, 4 or 5 cups.
- Cover the dutch oven with its lid, and cook in the oven for 5 hours.
- Remove from the oven. With a large spatula, lift the pot roast out from the dutch oven and transfer to a cutting board to rest. Careful! It’s super tender and falls apart easily! With a slotted spoon, transfer the carrots and onions to a serving platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Strain the pot roast braising liquid in to a fat separator, discard any solids and the herbs. After the fat settles, separate the beef braising liquid from the fat. If there are not 2 cups, add more beef broth to make it 2 cups. (I’m usually left with about 1.5 cups)
- Heat a medium size sauce pan over medium heat.
- Melt the ghee. Add in the tapioca flour and whisk vigorously until combined and there are no lumps. Cook for 30 seconds.
- While whisking constantly, slowly pour in the beef braising liquid. Cook for 1-2 minutes until thickened, whisking every few seconds.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.