Garlic Bacon Pot Roast

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Let the slow cooker do all the work for this paleo Garlic Bacon Pot Roast. Just 4 ingredients make this a deliciously savory, healthy comfort meal.

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast - Tastes of Lizzy T

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast

Do you have birthday dinners at your house? Birthday celebrations always revolve around food at our house. Wait. Who am I kidding. Everything revolves around food at our house. We are really working to change that  mindset, which is really hard to do when you’re a food blogger.

We’re trying to focus more on the “healthy” part of our “Healthy with a little bit of happy”. Celebrations shouldn’t always involve food, but when the food you want to celebrate actually fits into a paleo diet, this is cause for a huge celebration.

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast - Tastes of Lizzy T

With that intro you’d think that we were celebrating a birthday this week in our house. Nope. We’re not. But slow cooker roast beef always remind me of my birthday because it’s when I was younger it was my choice for a birthday meal every year. Tender roast beef that falls apart when you pick it up with a fork, a side of creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. That is a comfort meal.

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast - Tastes of Lizzy T

How to Make Garlic Bacon Pot Roast

Although I’m happy with just throwing a roast into the slow cooker and eating it plain, I decided to dress up this pot roast by adding bacon and garlic. I wanted to be sure to keep it  paleo-friendly so I kept it dressed up simply with bacon, garlic, beef stock and the roast, of course.

  • Cook the bacon first. The oven method is my favorite way to cook bacon. No spatters, no burns on your hands and arms, and perfectly crisp bacon every time.
  • Place the roast in the slow cooker. I used shoulder roast because that is what I had in the freezer. I’ve never been good at picking out which type of roast is best for a certain recipe. I was happy with the way the shoulder roast turned out, though, so you can use this or just use your favorite cut of beef.
  • Crumble the bacon on top of the beef. Add the garlic. Then pour the beef stock all over the top. Let this simmer in your slow cooker for 6 hours on high, or 9-10 hours on low. The beef should shred apart when you pick it up with a fork and the exact timing will depend on how big the roast is and what cut of meat it is. Makes me hungry just thinking about it.

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast - Tastes of Lizzy T

What to serve company for dinner?

We have company often at our house. When we have guests, I want to fix something delicious, but I also want to not completely blow our healthy “clean” eating. This Garlic Bacon Pot Roast is the perfect solution. Serve it with a side of sweet potatoes and green beans.

Your guests will never know they’re eating a paleo dinner. And you’ll be happy you stuck to your diet!

Tell me…what’s your favorite birthday meal? Here’s some of our other favorites:

Sweet Potato Chili
Italian Meatballs
Pepperoni Calzones
Garlic Parmesan Chicken

garlic bacon pot roast on a plate
garlic bacon pot roast on a plate

Garlic Bacon Pot Roast

4.80 from 5 votes
Let the slow cooker do all the work for this Garlic Bacon Pot Roast. Just 4 ingredients make this a deliciously savory, healthy comfort meal.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes

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  • 3 pounds beef shoulder roast or roast of your choice
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup beef stock


  • Trim the fat off of the beef roast. Place the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over top the roast.
  • Add the minced garlic to the top of the roast.
  • Pour the beef stock over top the roast.
  • Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 9-10 hours, or until beef is tender.


Serving: 166g | Calories: 316kcal | Protein: 46g | Fat: 13g
Author Lizzy T
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 316

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Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

Total comfort food – and I can see why you picked roast for your birthday meal! 🙂 Since my birthday is the 4th of July, I always had hamburgers and hot dogs ….. I’m 30-something and still do this for my birthday meal! That’s a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers!! lol.

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
9 years ago

5 stars
Yum, this sounds delish! My favorite birthday meal is bbq chicken with loooots of margaritas. Or a pitcher of sangria. Or both?..

Fran Smith
4 years ago

I have been getting your newsletter in my inbox for a couple of weeks now. I am so excited to add this garlic bacon pot roast as well as your sweet and spicy chili to our dinner menu. Thanks so much 😊

5 years ago

Have you tried this recipe in the instant pot? Curious about adjusting times.

Thalia @ butter and brioche
9 years ago

So simple, so delicious. This is the perfect weeknight meal!

9 years ago

My husband would go crazy for this…..especially with the bacon! Sounds delicious!

Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

A definite comfort meal – it looks so good and wish I had it for dinner tonight!

Becky | The Cookie Rookie
9 years ago

5 stars
This looks like the absolute best comfort food! Gorgeous photography!

jessica knott (Swanky Recipes)
9 years ago

5 stars
Wow, could this look anymore delicious! Def going to try this recipe, it’s look sooo good!

Linda | Brunch with Joy
9 years ago

This is my ideal recipe – 4 ingredients and let the slow cooking does its magic. And look at how beautiful it is. Yum! My birthday meal has to be cake…anything that involves chocolate, for sure, like chocolate pasta.

Heather / girlichef
9 years ago

I think that garlic and bacon are the perfect flavor accompaniments to this beef. And we were definitely on the same wavelength….that sweet potato on the side! This will be my next roast.

Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
9 years ago

This is the perfect comfort food for sure! LOVE the bacon and garlic together! Pinned 🙂

Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
9 years ago

Garlic and bacon? Yes, please!! Sounds like a wonderful recipe!!

Joanie @ ZagLeft
9 years ago

Bacon and garlic – my two favorite foods! I love pot roast and love having the leftovers the next day. This sounds like a wonderful recipe. Bookmarking it to make later!

Jen @ Baked by an Introvert
9 years ago

I’ve needed a new pot roast recipe. This one sounds delicious. You can never go wrong with bacon!