In the Crock-Pot: My Favorite Slow Cooker Sandwich

No bland food allowed! I’m always looking for easy slow cooker recipes, so I thought I’d share my favorite Crock-Pot meal with you: Italian beef sandwiches. They’re tender, juicy and very flavorful. They’ve become my most popular make-for-a-crowd food; birthday parties, graduations and even a baptism come to mind. I initially got the basis for the recipe from a co-worker who makes it for an annual luncheon fundraiser. They’re really easy to make.

First, I place a roast in the slow cooker – one about 3 lbs. works well. I have found that a cheap chuck roast works the best for this. It becomes oh-so-tender in the slow cooker and shreds well for sandwiches. Then, drain the juice from one jar of mild or hot pepper rings into a bowl.

Note: DON’T do as I did the first time and pour the jar’s contents into a strainer over the sink, only to watch the juice go down the drain. You’re husband will be forced to run to the store for another, like mine was. Make sure you collect the juice! Moving on …

Add one packet of dry onion soup mix, 1 Tbsp. dried oregano and 1 Tbsp. dried basil to the bowl. Then, depending on how much heat you like, add about ½ Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes. Mix all the seasonings together in the pepper juice, and pour the mixture over the top of the roast. Set on low and let it go for 8 hours. I’ve found that cooking it for 4 hours on high instead doesn’t result in meat that’s as tender and easy to shred, in this case.


Once the meat is cooked, I remove the roast to a shallow baking dish, in which I’ll have room to shred the beef. Take two forks, and go to town. Throw out whatever fat was on the roast, and return the shredded beef to the liquid in the slow cooker. I let it sit in there a bit longer, maybe another half hour, to soak up all the delicious juice before serving on hoagie rolls. Remember the now juiceless pepper rings? Serve those on the side to add on top. Of course you can add any other fixin’s you like, such as and onions mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite easy Crock-Pot meals?

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