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Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Pot Roast

Pot roast is a perennial classic and a staple in many homes, especially this time of year. A slow cooker makes easy work of this low-n-slow one-pot dish. Simply put everything in the slow cooker in the morning, so when you get home in the evening, dinner is ready.

To make this dish, simply pick a seasonal pumpkin beer (we used one from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, a local favorite) and toss it in the crock with sweet potatoes, onions and a beef roast. The combination of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin beer will add tons of fall flavor to your meal.

The colors, the flavors and the aroma of this dish are all about autumn. We love the addition of sweet potatoes to a pot roast because it changes up the standard veggie side of potatoes and carrots. And don’t worry, the alcohol cooks off in the cooking process, so this beer-braised pot roast is good for the whole family.

Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Pot Roast

Yield: Serves 6
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 to 3 1/2-pound chuck pot roast
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup pumpkin-spiced seasonal beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in 2-inch chunks


  1. Heat oil in stovetop-safe slow cooker cookware over medium-high heat. Brown roast on both sides. Remove roast from cookware; set aside.
  2. Add onions and garlic to cookware. Cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Place beef on top of onions and garlic.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour and beef stock. Add beer and pumpkin pie spice. Pour around beef in cookware.
  5. Cover and place cookware on slow cooker base. Cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or on LOW for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Add sweet potatoes to cookware, arranging around beef. Cover and cook an additional 2 to 2 1/2 hours on HIGH, or 4 to 4 1/2 hours on LOW.


  1. If using a slow cooker without a stovetop-safe crock, brown meat and cook onions and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker crock and cook as directed.
  2. Sweet potatoes can be added at the beginning of cooking time, but will be very soft.
  3. Carrots, potatoes or other root vegetables may be substituted for sweet potatoes.

The Stovetop-Safe Programmable Slow Cooker makes preparing a delicious family dinner easy. For starters, it comes with die-cast aluminum cookware that goes right onto the stovetop for easy browning and sautéing. After that, creating a flavorful meal ahead of time is a simple matter of adding the other ingredients and setting the time and temperature.

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