BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits

Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits – chuck roast slow-cooked in a homemade BBQ sauce and served over Quick Cheddar Ranch Grits – this pot roast is SOOO good! I wanted to lick my plate! EVERYONE LOVES this pot roast!

BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits - chuck roast slow cooked in a homemade BBQ sauce and served over Quick Cheddar Ranch Grits - this pot roast is SOOO good! I wanted to lick my plate! EVERYONE LOVES this pot roast!

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Texas BBQ Pot Roast Recipe

Looking for easy dinner recipes? Well, look no further. This BBQ Pot Roast is one of our all-time favorite pot roast recipes. Chuck roast slow cooked all day in a quick homemade BBQ sauce. The end result is the most tender meat I’ve ever eaten. We especially love the tangy homemade barbecue sauce. I serve the roast over some quick Cheddar Ranch Grits – OMG! The grits are good enough to eat all on their own but are incredible when combined with the roast. Give this a try the next time you need an easy dinner recipe the whole family will enjoy!

How to Make BBQ Pot Roast

This is such an easy recipe. Place a boneless chuck roast in the crock pot. In a small bowl, whisk together a can of cola, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Pour the barbecue sauce mixture over the beef roast. Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW all day. Remove the pot roast from the slow cooker. reserving juices in the slow cooker. Skim fat from the top of the juices, if desired. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and milk. Pour into the reserved juices and cook, uncovered on high 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. While the sauce is thickening, make the grits. Bring quick cook grits and chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and add Ranch seasoning mix and cheese. Shred the bbq beef with two forks. Serve the bbq beef with the sauce over the cheesy grits.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to pan-sear the meat before adding it to the slow cooker? Searing or browning the meat is not necessary. To brown the roast, heat vegetable oil or olive oil in a large skillet. Sear a boneless beef chuck roast for a few minutes on each side. Place meat in the crockpot. Use a little beef broth to deglaze the skillet and scrape up the brown bits from the pan. Add the browned bits to the slow cooker. Those browned bits are flavor gold!
  • I use Heinz Chili Sauce. It is near the ketchup at the grocery store.
  • Feel free to add vegetables to the slow cooker – potatoes, carrots, a large onion, mushrooms, red pepper, and green peas are good.
  • Sometimes I add some garlic powder, chili powder, and liquid smoke to the crockpot.
  • Can you freezeBBQ Pot Roast? Yes! You can freeze leftover pot roast for a quick meal later.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix:

What kind of cut of meat do you use for pot roast? 

The most popular cut of beef to use is a Chuck roast. You can also use brisket or round roast. All of these cuts of meat contain enough connective tissues that will slowly break down into rich collagen as they cook slow and low all day in the crockpot. Collagen takes time to break down. Using the slow cooker method to cook pot roast results in a tender, melt-in-your-mouth, fall-apart beef.

BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits - chuck roast slow cooked in a homemade BBQ sauce and served over Quick Cheddar Ranch Grits - this pot roast is SOOO good! I wanted to lick my plate! EVERYONE LOVES this pot roast!

What to serve with Pot Roast

This is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. This makes a lot of food. It is a great recipe for when you have large crowds to feed. Leftovers make great french dip sandwiches! YUM!

We serve the roast over the cheese grits with some rolls and green beans. If you aren’t a fan of grits, try this over some rosemary garlic potatoes and asparagus.

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plate of pot roast over grits

Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Slow Cooker BBQ Pot Roast over Cheddar Ranch Grits – chuck roast slow-cooked in a homemade BBQ sauce and served over Quick Cheddar Ranch Grits – this pot roast is SOOO good! I wanted to lick my plate! EVERYONE LOVES this pot roast!



  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 (4 to 5 lb) boneless chuck roast, trimmed
  • 1 (12 -oz) can coke
  • 1 (12 -oz) bottle chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup milk




  • Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over roast. Place roast in 6-quart slow cooker. Combine coke, chili sauce, worcestershire and hot sauce; pour over roast. Cover and cook on high 5-6 hours or on low 8-9 hours.
  • Remove roast from slow cooker, reserving juices in slow cooker; keep roast warm.
  • Combine cornstarch and milk, stirring well; stir into slow cooker. Cook, uncovered on high 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over roast.


  • In a medium pan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally Stir in Ranch mix and cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.


I used Heinz Chili Sauce –  it is near the ketchup in the grocery store.
Can add potatoes, carrots, and peas to the roast.
Can serve pot roast over rice or mashed potatoes if you prefer.


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  1. 10/10!! I love your recipes but this one may be my favorite that we’ve tried so far! The sauce was incredible and adding ranch to the grits was genius. Will definitely be a part of our dinner rotation!

  2. I would give this a 10 if a could! Seriously one of the BEST recipes I have ever made!! Next time I am going to try this with Venison.

  3. One of THE best meals I have ever shoveled in my mouth! Made this on a snow day – probably the same storm that gave your kitties a fun day last week. The BBQ roast was absolutely mind blowing! Being a northern girl (PA), grits aren’t something we are accustomed to eating. I must now admit that I am in love with them…at least this version. So sad that I have been missing out all these years. My life is forever changed for the better thanks to you! LOL

  4. I just made this last night. Husband loved the roast. Grits were tasty, but next time I will only add 1/2 of the called for ranch. Just a tad too much ranch for me. Other than that….I will totally make this again!!!

  5. Made this for our family last night and our kids, ages four and six, gave it “765,421 thumbs up”. Super simple, but delicious!

  6. I had a family reunion and made this. It was loved and so well received that some family took bread and wiped out the crockpot!! Everyone wanted the recipe and asked me to double the amount I made for next year!! Most excellent recipe!! Thanks!!

  7. I made this pot roast last night. My husband isn’t a big BBQ fan, but I love it. This was perfect for giving me the flavor I love without overwhelming him! I didn’t have the grits so we had it with mashed potatoes instead. Great recipe!

  8. I made this for a family reunion and this was the first dish gone! I didn't even get any! Made it for just my family and everyone loved it! Looks fancy, but really easy!

  9. This was easy and delicious. My whole family liked it. Roast comes out tasty and tender.
    Liked it over the grits. Next time I will probably leave out the Ranch dressing. Didn't add much for me. I'm good with just the cheesy goodness of the grits.
    This is a keeper and one I would serve guests.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Commenting from Georgia.

  10. Is the measurement for hot sauce correct? I assume you mean Tabasco or something similar. Seems like 2 Tbsp would be unbearably spicy. Should it be 2 tsp? Thanks! Looks delicious!

  11. I also am really wanting to know what the chili sauce is, because I think of sriracha. 12 oz of sriracha seems like it would be very hot. Is it a sweet chill sauce like the Heinz brand?

  12. OMG! Made this yesterday. I'm not really a fan of pot roast either, but this… die for. I browned the meat outside on the gas grill and then followed the recipe as written. The only change I will make next time, and believe me there will be MANY next times, I am going to pour the sauce in a gravy separator and pour off the fat before thickening with the cornstarch/milk mixture. The grits were fabulous. Could have made a meal of those alone. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I've never had grits before (California girl here), but the picture looked great. I have no comparison on how the grits should taste and/or feel, but it was kinda weird. I tried it when it was done and I was worried that my family would not go for the texture OR the flavor. I served it in a bowl with the meat on top and drenched it in the sauce. Ohhh, that sauce! The grits were not at all an obstacle once the sauce was on it. The meat came out perfectly tender and I will definitely make again. Thanks!

  14. I'm am so making this this weekend! I bet the leftover pot roast (assuming there is any) will be great on a po'boy. Thanks for posting!

  15. I made this last night and it was delicious. My son ate it but didn't really love the "gravy". I think because it was not the traditional beefy gravy. It was one of a few recipes I have found on Pinterest that actually came out just like the picture!! Thanks, will make it again.

    1. Did not like the gravy either, too much chili sauce, too tomato-y, too sweet. I understand the premise of having the "zip" or "zing" of these ingredients, but it's too much and needs something to balance it. The milk/cornstarch didn't neutralize it at all

  16. Made this today and it was incredible. I used fresh garlic cloves instead of the garlic salt because that's what I had. I also used Dr pepper instead of the coke and sriracha for the hot sauce . Man oh man was it incredible!! Will make again in the near future!! Being from Texas I'm picky about my meat and BBQ and this dish did the trick!! The entire family enjoyed it as well. Thanks for posting this.

  17. Just made this for dinner and substituted venison for the beef. I also used 1tbl sriracha instead of traditional hot sauce. I also did not like the thick grits. Package directions calls for 1/4 cup grits to 1 cup of liquid. Otherwise it was wonderful!

  18. This dish was the hit of Thanksgiving! The cheddar ranch grits were amazing! And the roast was a hit with everyone, even folks who don't care for grits!

    I did have to use a little more liquid… the grits were a bit too thick. I don't like runny grits, but I do like them just firm enough to eat with a fork. An extra cup of broth about three minutes into the cooking did the trick.

    Wonderful recipe, I can't wait to make it again!

  19. I accidentally combined the milk and cornstarch with the rest of the ingredients. Hope it still turns out ok…. 😕

  20. Hi! I'm working on a round-up of grit recipes for The Huffington Post Taste and I came across your recipe. I'd love to include it in my piece. Contact m if you're interested. Thanks!

  21. gurrrrrl – this is a slow cooker slap FULL of ridonculousness. such a winner of a recipe! thanks for sharing. my family absolutely loved it.

  22. I made this today & substituted a Diet Dr Pepper & didn't use hot sauce then shredded it up before adding it back to the gravy. Served on hoagie roll. It was super yummy! Thank you!

  23. Taylor – no, it is a spicy ketchup. It is near the ketchup and cocktail sauce. It isn't very spicy at all.

  24. Phooey. I was so excited to see this recipe at Weekend Potluck. I would love to pin this and promote it on my Facebook page if you could just add a little link back to one of the cohosts. 🙂

  25. Tried this last night and I thought it was awesome. The only thing I changed was to use veggie broth instead of chicken (so I could feed my vegetarian some grits.) Thanks for the great recipe!

  26. Absolute heaven! I just copied this to my database to try. It looks and sounds ridonkulously good. And the grits? Get out of here and shut your mouth! (good thing)

  27. Is chili sauce that red stuff that looks kind of like ketchup? Just want to make sure I am getting the right thing because this looks delicious!

  28. I have NEVER liked cooked grits at home and now- two recipes in a row that make them DELIGHTFUL! I'm in love!!!

  29. I JUST made these grits to go with my leftover roast from last night. My grits dried up very quickly and I like them runny. I will make them again b/c the flavor was amazing! I will add much more broth next time! Thanks for the recipe.

  30. Looks delicious! I never know what kind of roast to use. Is there a specific cut that comes out best this way?

  31. What a fantastic neat idea to put ranch in grits. Have eaten them all my life and never had them other than plain, butter or cheese.

    That roast on them sends them over the top.

  32. I had BBQ pork over cheese grits last night, but have never tried the ranch! We would love for you to share over at our FIRST ever Tasty Tuesday linky party!

    ♥ Liz

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