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Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast

Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast is absolute comfort food! Serve this tangy pot roast with potatoes or egg noodles for a meal the whole family will love. 

Mississippi pot roast topped with sliced pepperoncini peppers in a white serving bowl

Typically around this time of year, I start relying on my slow cooker a lot more than I usually do. It’s like I get in a cooking funk as soon as the Christmas decor comes done.

There are numerous slow cooker recipes that I typically always have the ingredients for in my pantry and this Mississippi Pot Roast is one of them.

That way if I’m not in a cooking mood, I can toss a few things into my slow cooker and still have a home cooked meal on the table with very little effort.

Ingredients for Mississippi pot roast arranged on a gray counter

WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST?

If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying Mississippi Pot Roast, you might be wondering what it is or how it got its name.

The story goes that a home cook from Mississippi created the recipe while trying to adapt one of her aunt’s recipes. The recipe she stumbled upon in the process ended up taking the internet by storm in the early 2000s.

Browned chuck roast in an iron skillet

If you’re used to classic pot roast, you might find the staple Mississippi roast ingredients to be a little unusual: 

  • Ranch seasoning
  • Au jus seasoning
  • Butter
  • Pepperoncini peppers

The final roast is similar to Italian beef, but served like traditional pot roast instead of as a sandwich. 

Roast topped with seasoning and pepperoncini peppers in a slow cooker crock, ready to cook

I love anything with a bit of spice to it, so I love Mississippi Pot Roast. I love the kick that the pepperoncinis add to it.

Pepperoncini peppers are usually labeled as medium heat, so this roast does have a slight kick to it. If you prefer your food a bit milder, simply use a bit less of the pepper brine in the recipe or cut back on how many of the sliced peppers you add.

Cooked whole Mississippi topped with pepperoncinis in the crock of a slow cooker

HOW TO MAKE THIS SLOW COOKER POT ROAST

I like to make my Mississippi roast in the crockpot. It’s a great meal to “set and forget” before you drop the kids off at school or go to work for the day. 

Start by seasoning a chuck roast liberally with salt and pepper, then browning it on all sides in a heavy pan or dutch oven. 

While the roast is browning, turn a large slow cooker on low and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add half of the ranch and half of the au jus seasoning; stir that up and let the seasonings bloom for a few minutes. 

Shredded mississippi roast in a crock pot

This step isn’t 100% necessary (you could definitely skip it), but I think it does make for a better final flavor!

Add the browned roast to the crockpot along with the rest of the seasonings, half of the pepperoncinis, and about ¼ cup of the pepper brine. Cook on low for 8 hours.

When the meat is done, move the meat to a large bowl and shred it. Add in the rest of the sliced pepperoncinis and any solids from the slow cooker.

Strain the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium sized sauce pot; add the beef stock and as much of the leftover pepper brine as you’d like. Simmer this over medium-high heat until it has reduced and thickened into a gravy.

Overhead shot of shredded Mississippi roast in a white bowl, topped with sliced pepperoncini peppers

HOW TO SERVE YOUR MISSISSIPPI ROAST

I like to serve my Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast over buttered egg noodles. I’ll round out the meal with a salad with homemade blue cheese dressing and – if I’m really feeling fancy – some garlic and herb parker house rolls.

If mashed potatoes are more your pot roast style, though, this roast is just as good over potatoes as it is over egg noodles! 

Gravy being poured over Mississippi pot roast on top of egg noodles in a white bowl

CAN YOU FREEZE ANY LEFTOVERS?

Just like Chipotle Barbacoa or crockpot pulled pork, Mississippi Pot Roast freezes well. 

Fork holding up a bite of Mississippi pot roast

Package up any leftovers in freezer-safe airtight containers and freeze for 1-2 months. I like to freeze leftovers in individual servings for quick dinners and lunches on the fly.

This easy roast is definitely one of my family’s favorites. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!

Overhead shot of two white bowls filled with Mississippi pot roast on top of egg noodles
Mississippi pot roast topped with sliced pepperoncini peppers in a white serving bowl

Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast is absolute comfort food! Serve this tangy pot roast with potatoes or egg noodles for a meal the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet au jus seasoning mix
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • I (16-ounce) jar whole pepperoncini peppers, stems removed and brine reserved
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Pat meat dry with paper towel and season all sides liberally with salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat a large pan or dutch oven over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add oil to the pan, allowing it to heat for 1-2 minutes before carefully adding the meat to the pan. Sear each side and edge of the meat until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side. 
  3. Turn a 6-quart slow cooker on low and add butter. Once butter has melted, and half of the ranch seasoning and half of the au jus seasoning to crockpot once butter has melted and let the seasonings bloom for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the roast to the slow cooker and sprinkle with the remaining seasonings.
  5. Add half of the pepperoncinis and about ¼ cup of the pepper brine over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. After 8 hours, transfer the meat to a large bowl and shred. 
  7. Meanwhile, strain the liquid from the crock into a medium sized sauce pot, returning any solids to the slow cooker along with the shredded meat. Slice the remaining pepperoncinis and add to the meat. 
  8. Add the beef stock to the sauce pot. Add as much of the remaining pepper brine as you’d like, to taste.  Simmer over medium-high heat until the liquid has reduced and thickened into a thin gravy.
  9. Serve Mississippi pot roast over mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles with gravy.

Notes

If you want to skip making the gravy, simply add the meat and sliced pepperoncinis back into the slow cooker with the cooking liquid after shredding.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 647Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 204mgSodium 865mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 58g

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