Dutch Oven Chuck Roast

July 3, 2023

Classic American chuck roast made for the Carnivore diet. If you are on a strict Carnivore elimination diet and only allow beef, salt, and water, while trying to incorporate economic cuts that are not eggs and ground beef, you will appreciate this recipe.

dutch oven chuck roast on a plate with purple and white flowers as decor

We have made the same chuck roast in the slow cooker as well, so check out our Carnivore chuck roast recipe if you are using a Crock Pot. Either cooking method will allow the meat to retain its maximum tenderness, but the dutch oven is a slightly faster method as it will cook in 3 hours. o retain it’s maximum tenderness


ingredients for dutch oven chuck roast

⭐️ CHUCK ROAST – You can substitute chuck roast for beef brisket or a leaner uniform cut of beef such as sirloin roast, tri-tip, or bottom round roast.

⭐️ SALT – As this is a pure Carnivore recipe, only salt is used. However, you may add any seasonings to your taste and tolerance. Spices that pair well with chuck roast would include thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, garlic powder, and onion powder.

⭐️ WATER – Any braising liquid will work. You may also use chicken stock, beef stock, or bone broth.


Chuck roast is a cut of beef that comes from the shoulder area of the cow. It is known for its rich flavor and tenderness when cooked properly. The chuck roast is typically well-marbled with fat and contains connective tissues that break down during slow cooking, resulting in a moist and flavorful final dish.

dutch oven chuck roast chopped

Due to its marbling and connective tissues, chuck roast is often used for braising, slow cooking, or pot roasting methods, where the meat is cooked low and slow to achieve a tender and juicy result. It is a popular choice for dishes like pot roasts, stews, and hearty beef dishes.

Chuck roast and pot roast are often used interchangeably, as they both come from the same area (the shoulder) and have similar characteristics. “Pot roast” usually refers to the cooking method, while “chuck roast” specifically refers to the cut of meat.


TIP #1: Be patient with the searing process and try to obtain a nice colour on the outside, which allows for maximum flavour penetration during the low and slow cooking process. Ensure that oil or tallow is heated well before adding the chuck roast in.

TIP #2: Depending on the strength of your oven and size of your roast, cooking times will vary. You may want

TIP #3: Tie up the chuck roast with cooking twine to prevent it from falling apart. Some butchers and Costco will sell chuck roast pre-twined, so ask your butcher if they can twine it beforehand or just purchase from Costco if you are uncomfortable with twining yourself.


This is a really simple recipe that you are guaranteed to appreciate if you are looking to make chuck roast quickly, without having to wait 8+ hours for the slow cooker.

STEP 1: Season with salt.

salting chuck roast

STEP 2: Sear in the dutch oven.

tallow in dutch oven
searing chuck roast
seared chuck roast on one side
adding liquid to dutch oven pot

STEP 3: Place dutch oven in the oven and cook until fork tender.

dutch oven pot in oven

dutch oven chuck roast finished shot



This recipe is keto-friendly and does not require any modifications. Feel free to serve with any low carb vegetables.


This recipe is ketovore friendly and does not require any modifications. Feel free to add mushrooms, onions, and garlic as aromatics if desired.


For recipe is Carnivore friendly and does not require any modifications.



Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze any leftovers for up to 2 hours. To reheat, put in the microwave after thawed.


Great question! We have tried making this in the Instant Pot in the past but have just had suboptimal results with the tenderness of the meat. While it IS still possible to cook in the Instant Pot, the dutch oven method (as described in this recipe) or the slow cooker method will result in a better end result.


If you are serving this for family, chuck roast pairs well with a variety of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, steamed rice, noodles, or bread. If you are serving this for yourself only, add any side dishes that would fit your diet (low carb vegetables if you are keto, aromatics if you are ketovore).

Dutch Oven Chuck Roast

Classic American chuck roast made for the Carnivore diet. If you are on a strict Carnivore elimination diet and only allow beef, salt, and water, while trying to incorporate economic cuts that are not eggs and ground beef, you will appreciate this recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 2 pound chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 cups water or beef broth


  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Clean and dry chuck roast. Season all sides with salt generously.
  • In a dutch oven, add tallow and cook and turn stove top to high heat until tallow is melted. Sear all sides of the chuck roast for 1 minute per side, until a dark brown colour is achieved.
  • Add water to dutch oven and cover with lid. Adjust water amount if needed, ensuring that at least half of the roast is covered.
  • Put in preheated oven and cook for 2-3 hours, depending on size of the roast. Check for fork tenderness of the roast after 2 hours.


Keyword dutch oven chuck roast

One response to “Dutch Oven Chuck Roast”

  1. Deni says:

    5 stars
    I live alone and decided to cook a 2.5 lb. chuck roast at 300 in my Dutch oven for 3 hours. After leaving it to cool for almost an hour, I sliced into it and it was perfect…so tender and flavourful. I will freeze enough for 2 more meals. I added garlic, salt and white pepper. Delicious. Thank you for all you do.

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