Some years back, we were enjoying time with our dear friends, the Shadle’s. Lise is an excellent cook; in fact, I don’t think she has ever made anything I didn’t love! One night she served us pot roast, and it instantly became a family favorite. Pot roast automatically brings that home-cooked comfort we so often crave, and as the smell wafts through the air you will be reminded of home wherever your family is.
But I have learned something very important about making the perfect pot roast… It’s all about the cut of meat you use. However good the recipe may be, the key to success is found in the quality of the beef. I have run through numerous cuts from various markets, but my absolute favorite is from Harvest Ranch Markets in San Diego.
It’s All In the Cut of Beef
The company purchases its beef from Brandt Beef, a family-owned, premium natural beef producer that is 100% sourced-verified. This ensures that they meet humane and responsible standards. Their practices are reflected in their care for the environment, which they treat with great respect. Brandt Beef believes “in being good stewards of the land” by growing their own alfalfa, using crop rotation and natural pest control methods, and composting to keep the land and animals healthy. Furthermore, its beef is 100% hormone and antibiotic-free.
Now, I know that organic, 100% grass-fed beef is far healthier, and I am a huge advocate of it. I have tried to use this beef for pot roasts, but I’m going to be honest; organic, grass-fed chuck roast is tough to eat in a pot roast. I use it for all my other dishes, just not for this particular dish.
Part of what makes pot roast so good is the marbling, which makes the meat tender and tastes best when it is white. Organic, grass-fed cuts tend to have less marbling and contain yellow fat. You can taste the difference! The beef I buy from Harvest Ranch is tender and flavorful, so I am taking a middle-ground approach here.
Lastly, I always look for any opportunity to use beef bone broth, and it pairs perfectly with this recipe. Bone broth contains healing compounds, including collagen, and a number of minerals that provide immune support as well as helping to heal leaky gut. For more information on the benefits of bone broth, visit Dr. Axe.