- One 4 pound boneless chuck roast
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
- 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil, plus more if needed
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 bundle of various fresh herbs, such as tarragon, rosemary, parsley, thyme, etc, tied with twine
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup dry red wine (cabernet) OR use red cooking wine
- 2 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. Using paper towels, pat the roast dry to help get a great crust on the meat. Sprinkle the roast generously with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch Oven, over medium heat, add 2 Tablespoons oil and heat until shimmering/glossy. Add the roast and brown on all sides. Remove and transfer to a cutting board or a large plate.
3. Add more oil to the pot if needed, along with the carrots, celery and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fresh herb bundle and cook until the vegetables start to brown, 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Add 3/4 cup of the cooking/red wine and reduce by half, scraping up the seared bits and incorporating them into the juice. Then return the roast to the pot and add the beef broth. Bring the liquid to a simmer before covering with a tight fitting lid and placing the pot in the oven. Allow the roast to cook until fork tender, 3 1/2-4 hours, turning once halfway through.
4. Remove from the oven and transfer the roast to a large cutting board. Tent with foil while the roast rests. Placing the Dutch oven back on the stovetop over medium-high heat, add the remaining 1/4 cup of cooking/red wine to the liquid and reduce by half at a simmer, about 10 minutes. Strain the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Shred the roast into big chunks and toss with the au jus
*You can also make a beef gravy for the roast, or use any style gravy you prefer