This classic style roast works great with one of our butcher's rubs or your favorite hearty beef seasoning.

6 to 8 servings

Active Prep: 10 min
Cook: 3 hours

  • 4 lbs. boneless Pikes Peak roast (or heel of round roast)*
  • 3 Tbsp. one of the following rubs:
  • Pikes Peak Butchers Rub
  • Mt. Evans Butchers Rub
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. carrots, scrubbed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 sweet onions, quartered
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle dark beer
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 to 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (optional)
  • 0 cup Salt & pepper, to taste

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*You can use your favorite beef roast with this method, but you may need to adjust the cooking time according to roast type. You can also use your favorite beef rub as the seasoning.


Let roast sit at room temperature for 30 min. or so before starting. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pat roast dry with paper towels, then rub all over with seasoning. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven, or any oven-safe pot with a lid. Add roast and brown well on all sides, 1 to 2 min. per side, then transfer to a large platter. Add carrots to pot and cook until starting to brown, about 5 min., then transfer to platter with roast. Repeat browning process with onions. Pour beer into pot and stir, scraping as much of the browned bits off the bottom of the pot as possible. Place roast back in pot and nestle carrots and onions around it. Pour in beef broth; the liquid should come about three-quarters of the way up the side of the roast but not cover it. Supplement with water if more liquid is needed. Add rosemary sprigs and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and place in oven. Cook until roast is fork tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer roast and vegetables to a platter and cover with foil. Bring remaining roast liquid left in the pot to a boil over high heat. Whisk cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. cold water and add to the pot, stirring to incorporate. Simmer for about 5 min. or until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve as gravy alongside the roast and veggies.


Serve warm with mashed potatoes or polenta.

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