Buffalo Pot Roast

Nothing represents “comfort food” more than a traditional pot roast. Wild Idea’s 100% grass-fed, rich and slightly sweet bison roast, braised until tender and juicy, nestled in a bed of potatoes and carrots and covered with pan gravy, says it all! Always a favorite, but this savory, one pot meal is a wonderful way to welcome the fall!

Ingredients (Serves 6 to 8):

  • 1 – 3 pound Wild Idea Buffalo Chuck Roast
  • 2 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 – teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 – teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 – teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 – teaspoons thyme, or 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme (I use half fresh & half dried)
  • 1 – teaspoon rosemary, or 1 to 2 small fresh sprigs (I use half fresh & half dried)
  • 1 – teaspoon oregano, or 1 sprig oregano *I use half fresh & half dried.
  • 2 – onions, 1 diced and 1 quartered
  • 1 to 2 tomatoes, coarse chopped
  • 5 – cups Buffalo Stock, vegetable or organic beef stock
  • 2 – bay leaves
  • 6 – potatoes, quartered
  • 3 – celery stalks, quartered
  • 4 to 6 – carrots, peeled and quartered
  • ½ – cup red wine
  • 1 – tablespoon corn starch, or more if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 225°. Rinse bison roast, pat dry and remove string. (Removing string is optional; I usually remove for this preparation, so I don’t lose the seasoning in removing after cooking).
  2. Mix all the dried seasonings together. Rub the roast with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and rub the dried seasoning into the roast.
  3. In a heavy pot over high heat, heat the remaining tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the seasoned roast into the hot oil and brown for 5 minutes. Turn roast 3 times, searing for 5 minutes each. (Positioning roast up against the pan sidewalls will help in browning the whole roast.)
  4. Move the roast to the side and add the chopped onions, lifting the roast so onions cover the bottom, stirring occasionally. Allow the onions to cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes around the roast, the bay leaf and pour in the stock. Let the stock come to a full boil then cover and turn off the heat.
  6. Transfer covered roast into the preheated oven on the middle rack. Braise the buffalo pot roast for 6 hours.
  7. During the last half hour of cooking, add the potatoes, pushing them down into the juices. Cover and increase heat to 375°.
  8. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then add the celery, onion and carrots. Cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Check the vegetables to ensure they are cooked through, but still slightly firm. Continue to cook for a few more minutes if needed.
  9. Remove the pot roast from the oven, and transfer the roast and the vegetables to a cutting board or platter. Cover with foil.
  10. Place the pot with the juices on the stove top over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Mix the cornstarch into the wine and whisk into the bubbling pan juices. If the gravy is not to your desired thickness, add more wine/cornstarch mix, until desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste.
  11. Carve the roast and pass with gravy and crusty bread.

Photo Credit: Jill O'Brien

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  • Tanya – Yes, it should work just fine. I wouldn’t lower the temperature, but if not pull apart fork tender at end of cooking time, I would continue cooking a bit longer. Enjoy! Jill

  • Would this recipe work using a 3lb brisket cut? Possibly cooking at a lower temp a little longer!
    Thank you!

  • Made this for the family for Valentines Day and it was a HUGE hit. The flavors were excellent and the bison was so tender it did not need to be carved, as it just pulled apart. We are working our way through our first “monthly special” and have thoroughly enjoyed everything so far. Thank you for the great product and providing healthy food!

  • This was heavenly. I actually seasoned and seared the roast as directed but then transferred to a crockpot. I added the veggies. My husband prefers his veggies very soft so I added them right away. I left on low for 8-10 hours and it was beautifully moist. I added some butter to the crockpot to help. I reserved some of the juices from the crockpot and made a scratch gravy. Thank you Jill for the wonderful recipes!

  • This was melt in your mouth good! I tried a mix of root vegetables from our CSA – carrots, turnip and daikon. The daikon had a slightly spicy/horseradish kick. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it was delicious! I’ll definitely be buying more chuck roast. The flavor is unbeatable.

  • Hi Janet – I do not have any experience with a pressure cooker. What I have heard however is that it cuts your cooking time way down and should also give you tender results. A quick google search suggested browning on high in your pressure cooker and then sealing and cooking at high temp for 30 minutes. Perhaps if you have a manual for your PC – it might have some suggestions too.

  • I’m still waiting to hear the answer to Carolyn’s question about cooking it in a pressure cooker. I may find out for myself because it’s too late to do it in the slow cooker today.

  • Made this for the first time last night. Oh my goodness. I swapped out 1 beer for 1 cup of the stock (per a brilliant suggestion up above). Only other change was cubing up the veggies due to some picky eaters. Followed everything else to the letter and it was fantastic. Got to surprise everyone at the end to tell them it was Bison :). Clear winner.

  • Hi Roxanne – I “think” I would cut braise time in half… check and if not pull apart tender with two forks – continue to braise until that is achieved. I would also cut browning time in half.

  • I have a 1 pound piece of bison that I’d like to use in this recipe. How long would you think this will take?

    Roxanne Turpin
  • Chris – Yes. Adjust length of cooking to your heat settings – which I cannot advise on as there are many crockpots… :)

  • Can this be done in a crockpot?

  • I used all fresh herbs from the garden, added red pepper flakes (cause we like a little heat) and reduced all searing/cooking time because I used a cast iron Dutch oven for entire process. All in all, best pot toast to date. I’m not a beef eater, but the buffalo has never disappointed me., And I feel better about my food consumption. Win win!

  • Hi Nancy. I love this cut for its versatility. If cooking for two – follow the recipe and reserve what you don’t serve as a traditional “Pot Roast” for future use, such as pulled meat for enchiladas to tacos, or for BBQ sandwiches. It’s always nice to know that you have a healthy, delicious meal in the freezer – with minimal preparation. jill

  • All this sounds incredible (and looks even better! Great pix!), but there’s only two of us in the house, my husband and I, rather than 6-8 people. Would it be better to try to carve up the meat fresh and freeze the rest into portions, thawing when needed, or cook the whole shebang and be wallowing gleefully in leftovers for a week or two? :D



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