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Obviously there are major differences if the pot roast is cooked uncovered in the oven. That aside, are there differences if it is covered?

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    What do you mean by "a wet roast"?
    – rumtscho
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 15:35
  • You can't roast on a stovetop.
    – GdD
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 15:54
  • A roast is usually cooked by radiant heat, without liquid and in an oven. A braise is usually a protein that is often browned, then slowly cooked in liquid. A braise can happen in the oven or on the stove top, while a roast is cooked in an oven. Can you clarify your terms?
    – moscafj
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 16:04
  • are you talking about braising ?
    – Max
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 16:06
  • Yes, apologies. I mean a pot roast or braised meat. (Using the term "pot roast" here the way Mark Bittman does in his books.) Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 16:13

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Braising can happen in the oven or on the stove top, and covered or uncovered. Covering limits evaporation. Braising in the oven provides the convenience of keeping the stove top burners free, and provide a consistent radiant heat. This might be important if uncovered, as evaporating liquid could create an issue with burning on the stove top. Evaporation concentrates flavor. This can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your desired outcome. Braises are typically low temp/long time cooks. While covering vs. not, might impact cook time, usually with a braise, I don't find the difference to be that significant.

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The difference in taste should be minimal, if everything is done right. But for completeness, here a list of the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of the oven:

  • if the piece of meat is large, you run less risk of under- or overcooked areas
  • if you don't have enough collagen, the results will be less terrible than on stovetop
  • you are not limited to narrow vessels
  • one less hob occupied

Disadvantages of the oven:

  • needs longer time
  • uses more energy
  • risk of burning yourself if you grip the handles
  • your oven is occupied

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