Heating and Serving Instructions for the Kirkland Beef Pot Roast from Costco

The Costco Beef Pot Roast, sold under the Kirkland Signature brand, is everything you are hoping for.  The pot roast tastes great, is easy to prepare and is a simple weeknight meal solution when paired with a few side dishes.

Fully Cooked Kirkland Beef Pot Roast at Costco

Heating Instructions

Costco provides two sets of cooking instructions for the pot roast.  The first set of instructions is for using a microwave while the second set uses a pot of boiling water on the stove top.

For both sets of instructions the first step is to remove the outer plastic wrap and cardboard sleeve.

We used the microwave method and the pot roast came out great.

Microwave Heating Instructions

  • Leave the vacuum sealed bag in the plastic tray and cut four small holes in the top of the bag to vent.
  • Place tray with bag full of pot roast into the microwave.
  • Heat on High for 8-10 minutes.
  • Use scissors to open the bag.
  • Dump contents of bag into plastic tray.
  • Break apart the meat, mix well with the gravy and serve.

Boil in Bag Method

  • Place vacuum sealed bag of pot roast into a 4 quart sauce pan.
  • Cover the bag with 2.5 quarts of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Boil the bag for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove the bag from the water.
  • Use scissors to open the bag.
  • Dump contents of bag into plastic tray.
  • Break apart the meat, mix well with the gravy and serve.


Kirkland Pot Roast Heating Instructions

Tips for Reheating the Pot Roast

Whichever method of heating you use you need to be very careful when you open the bag of the meat will be extremely hot.  I used the microwave method and there was a LOT of steam so be careful.

Use a pair of forks to break up the meat as it will be too hot to use your hands.

After the meat is broken up take a minute and scoop out any obviously large pieces of fat (unless you like eating large pieces of fat).

Mix the meat well with the gravy and let the meat rest for a few minutes afterwards so the meat has time to soak up some of the juices.

Heated Pot Roast in the Bag

Taste Test!

Costco’s fully cooked pot roast is the real deal!

The pot roast appears to have been made from a USDA Choice Grade chuck roast and tastes great. My only complaint about the meat is that it is not as fall apart tender as I would like which made shredding the meat with forks a bit of a pain.  There were a few fat pockets in the meat but that just comes with the territory when you are making a legitimate pot roast.

The gravy is flavorful but I wish there was more of it.

The pot roast does NOT come with mashed potatoes, carrots, etc so you are going to have to provide your own sides to make this a full meal.  I ate the meat over the course of a few days and tried it in a couple different meals.

If you want an all in one “Meat and Potatoes Meal” then you should check out the deli section and see if they have a tray of Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes.

My favorite way of eating the pot roast was served on top of a bed of Cauliflower Stir Fry from Tattooed Chef for a super filling, low carb dinner.

Pot Roast with Cauliflower Rice

Another great, easy meal was making some pot roast tacos (low carb tortillas) with a side of Costco Guacamole.  The tacos are a bit on the non-traditional side but they are still pretty dang tasty!

Of course, you can always serve the meat with mashed potatoes and a Caesar salad and you will have a meal that will make your family incredibly happy!

Pot Roast Taco with Guacamole

I have always been a fan of pot roast and think that the Kirkland product is excellent.

The pot roast is well seasoned, a nice deal and super convenient.

Go ahead and pick up some mashed potatoes and a salad and you will have a great tasting Costco meal on you dinner table this evening!

Pot Roast Taco with Guacamole

Costco Pot Roast Tacos

Costco's fully cooked pot roast is heated through and used to make several different meals including some great tacos!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 397 kcal


  • Microwave Oven


  • 1 package Costco Fully Cooked Pot Roast Kirkland Signature
  • 1 Tomato diced
  • 1 cup Shredded Lettuce
  • 1 cup Guacamole
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 6 Flour Tortillas


  • Remove the fully cooked pot roast from carboard packaging, vent the plastic and microwave on High for 10 minutes.
  • Let the beef cool for 10 minutes and then shred with two forks.
  • Gently toast the tortillas in a skillet until slightly browned and puffy but not crisp.
  • Assemble the tacos as desired and top with salsa of choice.
Keyword Costco Pot Roast

Costco Value

The fully cooked pot roast costs $7.39 per pound and you get about 2.25 pounds of product per package.  This means a full tray of the pot roast will cost you around $16-$18.

I think this is a great deal as an uncooked chuck roast will cost you about $6 per pound.  I am happy to pay Costco an extra $1.39 to take the time to slow cook the chuck roast for me so I can have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes!

Package of Costco Pot Roast

Nutrition and Calories

A full serving of the pot roast is 5 ounces and has the following calories and nutritional information.

  • Calories: 230
  • Fat: 12g (15% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 85mg (28% DV)
  • Sodium: 450mg (20% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 4g (1% DV)
  • Protein: 26g

From a nutritional standpoint the pot roast is a mixed bag.  On the positive side the meal is low carb and high protein which is always a nice combination in my book.  On the flip side the fat and cholesterol are a bit high which isn’t surprising considering that we are dealing with a cooked beef chuck roast.

Costco Pot Roast Calories and Nutrition


The ingredient list for the pot roast says it contains:

  • Beef
  • Corn Starch
  • Rice Starch
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Beef Fat
  • Dehydrated Beef Stock
  • Onion Powder
  • Malt Extract
  • Dehydrated Garlic
  • Garlic Powder

I can’t tell from the packaging if the pot roast is Gluten Free.


The pot roast must be refrigerated when you get it home.  If you are unable to cook the pot roast by the “Best By” date then it is okay to freeze the pot roast for later.

When it is time to cook the frozen pot roast you can use the cooking instructions above but double the heating time.

Use any leftovers within 3-4 days of cooking the pot roast.



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3 thoughts on “Heating and Serving Instructions for the Kirkland Beef Pot Roast from Costco

    1. The product contains “Malt Extract” which does contain gluten. You cannot tell from the packaging how much malt extract is present and if it raises the gluten content above the 20 ppm limit for a product to be labelled as gluten free.

  1. 5 stars
    I’m a big fan of this pot roast. It’s tender and flavorful, not dried out rope. It’s better than any pot roast recipe I’ve tried (Pioneer woman, Barefoot Contessa and Allrecipes) and mostly meat with just enough gravy to keep it moist when reheating. It makes a great meal with red cabbage and mashed potatoes, add some fresh baked popovers for a great Sunday meal. plus it heats in the microwave. Just an easy comfort meal with all the work done for you.

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