Costco Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast Review

If I were making a list of homecooked comfort meals, pot roast would definitely be on it. It’s amazing how good a fairly cheap cut of beef can taste when you slow-cook it for hours! This Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast from Costco cuts the cooking time down to just ten minutes in the microwave. Even a pressure cooker can’t compete with that kind of speed, but it’s missing my favorite part about pot roast – delicious vegetables cooked in the gravy. Is the roast tasty enough to overcome that?

Top down image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast package sitting on a table.
Costco Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast.

Other convenient, easy-to-make meat products from Costco are Schwartz’s Smoked Meat, Montana’s Pork Back Ribs, Kirkland Signature Roasted Garlic Chicken Legs, 44th Street Beef Pot Roast, Stoney Creek Shaved Beef Au Jus, Del Real Foods Pork Carnitas, Kirkland Signature Seasoned Chicken Wings, Cuisine Solutions Sliced Grass-Fed Sliced Beef Sirloin and the Kirkland Signature Master Carve Ham.

Location in Store

This is located in the refrigerated deli section near the cheese and sausage, the item number is 18146. I bought this at the Kalispell, Montana Costco.

Top down image of a white plate with beef pot roast beside a heap of mashed potatoes.
Served with a side of mashed potatoes.


I was worried the pot roast would be super fatty and I did find this to be true. There are definitely some very large pieces of fat in the package, but they’re relatively easy to pick out. 

Pot roast always uses fattier cuts of roast, but luckily there was plenty of good-quality meat in the package too. There’s a fair amount of liquid/gravy, but not too much – basically enough to keep the meat nice and moist.

I love pot roast and I’ve eaten it quite a few times over the years, and I can say this pot roast compares pretty well to the homemade version. Although fattier than something I’d make at home. It’s very flavorful and a little bit on the salty side, but not in a bad way.

Side view closeup image of a fork with a bite of pot roast on it, in the background is a plate with pot roast and mashed potatoes on it.
The pot roast is tender and tasty.

The worst part of the pot roast is the gross fatty pieces, but you expect that in pot roast to some degree. Overall I was pretty pleased with the quality of the meat that wasn’t fatty and really enjoyed that part of the pot roast.

This isn’t as good as homemade though! As I said, part of the reason why I love pot roast is that you cook it with potatoes, carrots, etc. and the beef flavors the veggies. I really miss that here.


The 2.62-pound package of pot roast costs $19.36 USD. It doesn’t seem bad when you see how much meat you get but after trying it and finding how much fat and inedible parts are in it, I wouldn’t pay this again.

Top down image
You can see the fat in the package before cooking it.


I microwaved my pot roast. Honestly, I don’t love the idea of microwaving or boiling it in the plastic pouch, but those were the only two options! It came out at a good temperature to serve, though removing the hot pot roast from the pouch without making a mess and burning my fingers was a bit of a pain, but I got it done.

Image of the heating instructions for the beef pot roast from the back of the package.
Heating instructions.

I followed the instructions and made four little holes in the pouch, but the liquid seemed to spurt out of the pouch a bit during the heating process and I had to wipe out my microwave after. It wasn’t a huge mess, but it was still annoying.

Image of the beef pot roast uncooked in the bag it comes in sitting in a microwave safe dish.
Before cooking.

As you can see from the photos, my microwave dish was a bit small, so that probably didn’t help.

Image of the beef pot roast cooked and pulled apart, it is served in the microwave safe dish.
Ready to eat!

The pot roast needs to be kept refrigerated and has a use or freeze-by date that’s about six weeks from when we purchased it. This can be served with roasted or mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables or you could even put it in buns for a quick and easy meal (kind of like pulled pork).



A 140-gram serving contains 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 450 milligrams of sodium, four grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fiber, one gram of sugar and 26 grams of protein.

I think a lot of people will eat more than a 140-gram serving because I know I definitely do!

Image of the nutrition facts for the beef pot roast from the back of the package.
Nutrition facts.


The ingredients list is short and sweet with a few simple ingredients and the main one being beef! The pot roast is dairy-free and soy-free.

I don’t know why they needed to add sugar but the amount is minimal so I’m not bothered by it!

Image of the ingredients for the ingredients for the pot roast from the back of the package.


Taste: 6.5/10 (the good meat is really good, but there’s a lot of fat too)

Cost: 6/10

Convenience: 9.5/10

Nutrition: 4/10


Give it a try!

I think a lot of people expect pot roast to be a bit fattier so I don’t know if everyone will be as turned off by the fat as I am! I also don’t know that every package has as much fat, some packages may have more and some may have less. The good parts of the roast were quite tasty, it just requires a bit of sifting through fat. Worth almost $20 though? Maybe for convenience.

Have you tried this Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast? What did you think of it?

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9 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Beef Pot Roast Review”

  1. Where are the “Cook from Frozen” instructions on the fully cooked KIRKLAND BEEF POT ROAST ? I froze the roast after I bought it but cannot find out how to cook/reheat/serve it anywhere online.

  2. The quality of beef is literally rated from low to high in terms of fat content with more fat being higher quality beef. FYI.

    • It comes in one or two huge chunks with a fat cap on each. I cook per directions and trim off the fat caps and cut it up into about 8-10 large chunk/slices. I don’t shred it.
      I agree it’s on the saltier side but this doesn’t bother me. This is my go to easy meal every winter and I buy the premade mashed potato’s and will add a green veg. I have even made this and served it for dinner guest and boiled carrots and added that to the roast and they thought it was homemade. Highly recommend for $17-$20 you get minimum 4-5 adult servings.0

    • Got to heat it in oven and take offfoil at 5 min to g for a bit of a crisp on top then shred and plunge into gravy but be carful hot. Use casserole dish and good quality tin foil shiny side down!

  3. Hey Natalie, if you cook it again or the 44th Street one, take it out of the plastic bag and put it in a covered casserole in the microwave….. no fuss, no muss. Be sure to get all the gravy and pick out the solid fat chunks. Later, when I’m cutting up the meat, I try to pull out as much fat as possible.
    Do you know if this product is available in Canada?

  4. Spot on review. Pretty well how I remembered it. Goops of fat, no vegetables. The only reason we bought it was because we were on the road and had access to cooking area. Haven’t bought it since. I don’t like the idea that I still need to cook the vegetables separately. I would rather cook it in the slow cooker so that everything gets cooked at the same time.


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