Slowcooker Potroast Recipe and West Bend Partnership

Last month some of you may have heard me whining on Twitter about my crockpot taking its last breaths of air. Well, luck must have been on my side that day because a couple of weeks later, this baby was on my front porch!

That, my friends, is a West Bend Versatility Cooker! This baby is 6 quarts, stainless steal, AND converts to a griddle if you want it to! I know! I was a little skeptical at first, wondering if the stainless steal pot on the base would cook the same way as my old crockpot. My fears were squashed after my first use, and these beautiful ribs were the result:

Rub the ribs with seasoning, place them in cooker, add 1 cup BBQ sauce, 1 cup water or beef broth, and cook away!

But next I had to put it to the real test…slowcooker potroast. I had to test out the stainless steal pot, and the fact that you can brown your items on the stove in that very same pot! It worked like a charm and eliminated extra steps, and extra pots to clean up.

For my potroast, I decided to take an autumn approach. I added some diced apples and Homemade Oktoberfest beer to the mix. That’s right, the very beer Ryan brewed himself! These two ingredients gave the roast a slightly sweet yet robust flavor that I would be happy to repeat again and again!

I whipped up some mashed potatoes to go alongside the roast and veggies, and a delicious fall dinner was served! I actually think that the apples will become a permanent staple in my roast recipes. They really gave the gravy that bit of extra sweetness that made it so, so good.

And now for some REALLY exciting news! West Bend has offered to sponsor our next #CrockPotWed Twitter Chat by giving away a Versatility Cooker to one of the chat participants!

 Our chat will be on Wednesday, November 16th, 6pm – 7pm, so mark your calendars! All you have to do is participate in the chat, at the designated time, by using the Twitter Hashtag #CrockPotWed. If you are not on Twitter, you can follow along with the chat here. Unfortunately, you must participate to be able to win.

Slowcooker Potroast Recipe


  • 2 – 3lb Bottom Round Roast
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Vidalia Onion (Chopped into large pieces)
  • 1 Large Apple, any variety (Cored, skinned and chopped into small pieces)
  • 3 Large Carrots (Skinned, sliced)
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz of your favorite beer
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • salt to taste


  • Put Olive Oil in pan and heat over medium high
  • When oil is hot, place roast in the pan
  • Brown on all 4 sides for about 4 minutes per side
  • Add apples and onions to the pan and continue to cook for about 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add carrots and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and bring to a boil, stirring well
  • Add beer, stir well and return to a boil
  • Put all contents of the pot into your slowcooker
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours (or until meat is tender)
  • Taste the sauce and add sugar and salt to taste
  • You may wish to thicken the sauce with a slurry
  • Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or just enjoy it on its own.

Disclosure: West Bend provided me with the Versatility Slowcooker in exchange for a sponsorship of the upcoming #CrockPotWed. I was not required to write a review, and as always, all opinions are my own.

7 Replies to “Slowcooker Potroast Recipe and West Bend Partnership”

  1. I am on my third Westbend slow cooker in 35 years, soon to purchase my fourth. They are the best small appliance I own. Forget glass crock pots that break and chip and are so heavy you can’t handle them when they are full. I recommend my westbend to everyone because of the versatility of being able to brown on the stove before slow cooking. My first one had a glass (pyrex?) lid. The pot can also go in the oven. The pyrex lid is oven safe and can also be turned over to use as a serving dish since the handles are on the side. I saved that lid to use on my subsequent Westbends since I noticed the lid style was changed and could not go in the oven. I’ll never use a glass croc pot again.

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