February 26, 2024

Stuffed with seasonings, this Jamaican Pot Roast recipe is one I’ve been making for years. I usually serve it for Sunday dinner along with gravy, Rice and Peas and vegetables. When I was growing up in Jamaica meat was almost always cooked in a Dutch pot. That’s because most people didn’t have an oven or, if they did, they didn’t want to turn it hot because of the hot climate. Today I like to bake roasts in the oven but I’m  happy to use my Dutch pot, too. Even though times have changed, Jamaicans still generally like their roasts cooked well done… really well done… with gravy poured over it. This recipe is traditional in that way but you can adjust the timing or use a meat thermometer to cook your roast to the doneness you prefer.

3lb Round or Rump Roast
1 small Onion, chopped
1 tsp dried Thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper, chopped
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Vegetable Cooking Oil
3/4 cup Boiling Water


1. Mix together onion, thyme, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper.
2. Clean roast by wiping with wet paper towel
2. Use knife to drill hole 3-inch-deep hole in roast and fill with herbs mixture; repeat by making random holes and stuffing with herbs until the mixture is done
3. Sprinkle the roast with the remaining salt and black pepper;
4. Let roast marinate for at least 1 hour
5. Heat 2 Tbsp vegetable cooking oil on Medium-High in cast iron Dutch pot and sear all side of the roast to seal in juices
6. Turn heat to Low, add boiling water and cover pot; cook roast for 1 hour for a well done roast
7. Place cooked roast on a platter; cover with aluminum foil and let rest while you make the gravy.

Gravy Ingredients

Pot Drippings
1/2 cup Boiling Water
1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
1 tsp Gravy Powder or Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cold Water
1 Tbsp Butter or Margarine


1. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into Dutch pot with roast drippings and stir
2. Using a strainer, pour drippings into a gravy separator (or skim the oil off the top) and then pour into a saucepan
3. Mix together 1/2 cup cold water and gravy powder or cornstarch and set aside
4. Add hot pepper sauce and gravy powder mixture to saucepan and bring gravy to a rolling boil
5. Add butter or margarine to saucepan and stir until blended
6. Pour gravy into gravy boat and serve with roast

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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.


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