Can You Over Slow Cook A Roast?

I have a recipe for pot roast of beef which has potatoes, carrots & onion in the bottom, a 2 to 3 pound boneless roast on top of that, then 1/2 cup water or brother poured over all. It says to cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.
I would rather cook it on low and I was wondering if I could brown the roast and put the meal on the night before, say around midnight, and cook until around 6:00 p.m. the next day? Or will it be too much? Should I leave the vegetables out?
I can’t seem to find any information on overcooking a roast. Thanks for your help.

Cook as stated on high for 6-8 hours. Reset control to low. Remove lid on crockpot for ten minutes. Turn roast over and let it go for several hours. It won’t dry out!

You can definitely overcook anything. I have put a roast on for the stated time & had it fall apart. If you like it this way fine but if you like to slice your meat & have it a little pink inside, cook it only for 8 hours less. If you cut your veggies they should be fine too.

Sometimes when I don’t have time to do everything in the morning, I’ll brown my roast the night before and refrigerate, also chop up my veggies and put in a bowl of water in the frig , then in the morning I just through everything in the crockpot and cook all day. You can save a lot of morning work by prepping the night before, like browning meat or chopping veggies. I also have mixed everything in pot the night before , a big timesaver if you use a recipe that uses a lot of spices or several ingredients and put it in frig, set it out when I first get up, so pot can warm up and then put it into cooker when i get ready to leave.

the longer it cooks in a crockpot the more tender it gets

i have a fear of leaving my crock on and being out all day
any one have same fears

I never had an accident leaving my crock pot for 8-10 hours while I’m at work.
I always leave it on the stovetop to insure nothing with fall a touch it etc.
I been doing this for at least 13 years with no problems.

Enjoy, it’s the best way to cook and your house smells awesome when you come home.

I never leave it on during the day. I always cook in my crockpot at night. Started this when I got my first crockpot. I lived at home and when my mother felt how hot the outer area got she had a fit and made me take it to the basement.
Also, I can use the HIGH setting for shorter periods.

I put everything in mine the night before then I put it in the sink before I leave for work.
If anything happens, the sink should catch it. Have fun…


Here is my favorite crockpot roast recipe:

1 roast (any cut)
1 package (dry) Ranch Salad Dressing
1 package (dry) Brown Gravy Mix
1 package (dry) Italian Dressing Mix

Place roast in crockpot and sprinkle the three packages of dry ingredients over top of meat.

Pour about 1/4 cup of water into the bottom of the crockpot.

Set on LOW for 6-7 hours. Enjoy!

I always leave it on during the day while I’m gone. That’s the main advantage of a slow cooker, so you have a hot meal when you get home eight hours later.

I will even keep it going for longer than a day when I’m making a good soup or broth. Saves tying up the stove.

For the night time I use my 4-cup “crockette” and make Steel Cut Oats. You get perfect oatmeal when you wake up in the morning. No standing over the stove for extended periods.

Your crockpot is your friend.

I have overcooked roast in a crockpot, about 6 hours on low is the most I will do. Otherwise, even with liquid in the crock, the meat still gets dry and chewy.

My favorite:

1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of celery
1 CAN french onion

Mix together and pour over roast in crock.

Your selections of soups sound nummy. But, maybe trying a different combination would insure the tenderness of your roast even after any amount of hours. Because I’ve been making crock dinners for so many years, I think I’ve got it down pretty good. To see how I do it, pop over to visit my web site!

I put some meat and veg in the crockpot covered with water, stock etc and left it on low for about 12 hours overnight, the resulting stew was delicious, however I have to say that as an absolute crockpot amateur it was probably a fluke, it may be because I put alot of liquid in that it didn’t overcook.

I cook Pork Bostron Butt Roast in my crockpot. I brine them first then place in pot set on Auto for a few hours then turn to low/slow setting before going to bed. I allow to cook until my normal dinnertime,5-6 PM, and the meat is fall apart tender, I like pulled pork, and is easy to prep from there. LOng slow cooking might not be good for the potatoes, carrots and onions in your dish.

May I ask what your brine is made of please? I’m always looking for slow cooking new flavors! Thank you! Alicemae

Crock pot here only on if I’m in view of the house. Our daughters (without them knowing my theory) NEVER leave for work with their crock pots on. They also are afraid of something going wrong, one is really afraid as she has her dog in her apartment. Even my oldest, retired brother won’t leave home with his plugged in, even if it means delaying dinner for himself & his wife. (He’s the chef in the family).

I know many love walking in with children & a hungry husband at the end of a busy day & smelling dinner ready to be served. Some of us just don’t feel right leaving electrical appliances working while out of the house. I guess it’s up to the individual.

I have heard this argument before, but for me it’s no different than leaving the fridge, TV, PC or any other appliance plugged in.

I put my roast in with cream off mushroom soup, golden mushroom soup and roasted garlic mushroom soup. It creates a thick gravy that is great over mashed potatoes or rice. You may add broth ifyou want the gravy thinner. I have also left it on during the times that I am gone, but I always put cookie sheets, cutting boards and dishtowels under it to protect the surface under it.

I find that a timer is very useful with Slow Cookers. That is the type which plugs into the wall socket then you plug the SC into the timer and have the SC turned on to slow. Then set the time on the timer to turn on when you wish ( say 10am ) and then it will be ready when you arrive home at say 6pm.

Like others I place the SC on my stove top so there is metal surrounding it in case of any accident.

My thoughts are the same as Lvdkeyes about a SC and TVs etc.