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Dutch Oven Round Roast Recipe

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When I created this Dutch Oven round roast recipe, it was always going to turn out delicious because of the wonderful aroma from the marinade – and boy did they deliver.

The homemade steak sauce and seasonings made for a crust around beef that kept its moisture without being crunchy due low-and slow method used.

This is not a recipe that is meant to made quickly here folks, so don’t rush through those steps or you’ll end up disappointed.

Marinading the meat – and doing it right – takes 24 hours, so plan ahead when making this round roast.


The round roast in the dutch oven at the beginning of the cooking cycle.

Can You Cook A Roast In A Dutch Oven?

Yes, you sure can – depending on the size of the round roast you choose.

Believe it or not, this is a question that is often asked – and debated.

The Dutch oven is a classic piece of cooking equipment that many people consider the “be all end all.”

While it certainly can do some amazing things, the Dutch oven does have its limitations.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect from this type of Dutch oven recipe.

This recipe is typically made by taking the round roast and placing it in your Dutch oven with vegetables on top for flavor .

Then, you cover everything with beef broth, making sure to leave enough room for evaporation.

If you’re watching your salt intake then you’ll want to look into purchasing low-sodium beef stock.

A cooked round roast on a plate.

After covering everything with water or stock, add in some herbs and spices such as garlic powder, pepper, paprika, chili powder and celery seed to name a few.

What herbs and spices you use is totally up to you.

Dutch oven round roasts can also be flavored with onions, carrots and potatoes, which are the typical vegetables used to make stews and soups.

I personally do not care for onions, so those have been omitted in my recipe, but feel free to add them in if you choose to.

Because this Dutch oven recipe does not require much preparation time, it is ideal to take camping with you.

Of course you don’t need to go camping to use a Dutch oven.

They’re convenient for cooking at home too!

A cooked round roast on a plate.

When To Add The Vegetables

When making this Dutch Oven round roast recipe, I decided to cook the roast by itself, however you can add in vegetables if you wish either at the beginning or after the roast has cooked for a little bit.

During the last two hours of cooking, I added in some potatoes and carrots plus enough extra beef broth to cover them with.

I did not add any additional spices to the pot when I added them.

You can choose to do this – or serve other sides with the round roast.

Either way, adding vegetables to the meat not only helps to add flavor, but also gives you an easy one pot meal that is easy to prepare and easy to clean up afterwards.

Here is my recipe.


Dutch Oven Round Roast Recipe

The round roast in the dutch oven at the beginning of the cooking cycle.
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  • Author: Sheri Ann Richerson
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Oven


  • 1 1/2 pound round roast
  • 1/2 cup steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Combine the steak sauce with the spices and pour over the round roast.
  2. Marinade in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next day brown the round roast in some bacon grease in a cast iron skillet (or in your dutch oven if you wish).
  4. Place the browned round roast in the dutch oven, add the beef broth to the dutch oven and put the lid on.
  5. Place the dutch oven inside the oven and preheat it to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Cook the round roast for 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Serve


Note: This is a fairly spicy recipe. For those who do not like spicer foods, feel free to cut the amounts of spices in half to better suit your palate. Also keep in mind the steak sauce you use will add additional flavor. For those who do not like spicy food, I suggest only using steak sauce and not using the other spices.

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A cooked round roast on a plate.

Yes, You Can Cook This Dutch Oven Round Roast Over An Open Fire

There’s nothing like having good food with your good friends and family around a campfire or at home in your backyard…and what better way to do it than with a nice, big round roast!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a grill because you can cook this right in your dutch oven once you get the wood or coals hot enough.

Just follow my directions above and there won’t be any leftovers.

The one big difference is it can take four to five hours to cook a fork tender round roast over an open fire.

If you are cooking over charcoal, you do need to place some charcoal briquets on top of the dutch oven.

The versatility of cooking indoors or out is just another reason why I love cooking in my cast iron dutch oven!


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