Mississippi Pot Roast

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  • If you’re looking for a comfort food dinner for the whole family to enjoy, this EASY Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast is it! Tender, moist & so delicious!

    plate of shredded beef with pepperoncini

    This easy Mississippi Pot Roast recipe is super tender and so perfect if you’re craving comfort food! It’s the best pot roast recipe!

    People generally love or hate pot roast. I would bet money that the people that dislike the probably just had some tough, rubbery and dry roasts through their childhood that now give them slight symptoms of PTSD when the words are even uttered.

    Thank goodness this is NOT that pot roast. In fact, I used to be a pot roast hater. It is true.

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    In fact, I am one of those people that prefers rare beef so pot roast was never my jam. My mom didn’t make it growing up either, so there was no nostalgia attached to it.

    mississippi pot roast in the crockpot

    But then I started making my signature Italian Pot Roast and now I crave the stuff. Tender, moist and SOOOO good. The perfect one dish meal.

    It only made sense that I combine two meals I enjoy, Italian beef hoagies and pot roast and try the now famous, Mississippi pot roast.

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    Why is it called Mississippi pot roast? Well, because it hails from Ripley, Mississippi and is actually a fairly new recipe. Southern Living Magazine claims the now famous pot roast was only developed in the mid 1990s.

    tongs picking up mississippi pot roast

    The original recipe actually calls for dry Italian dressing, hence the italian beef hoagies, but ranch mix gave it a fun variation that has now basically broken the internet.

    Pot Roast Meat

    What cut of beef do you use for Mississippi pot roast?

    Chuck roast is probably the best and most popular beef cuts for any pot roast recipe. Look for chuck roast, shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast, chuck shoulder pot roast, chuck seven-bone pot roast, or beef chuck arm.

    mississippi pot roast in the slow cooker with ranch seasoning

    This is a tougher cut that requires low and slow cooking. It also has a good amount of marbling to keep it moist and tender while roasting.

    Brisket is also a good alternative.


    What is a pepperoncini? These little peppers are generally found in glass jars in the sandwich condiment or Italian food aisle.

    close up of pepperoncini with shredded beef

    They are sometimes found on the side of a pizza or antipasto platter. Peperoncino is the Italian name.

    I use an entire 16 ounce jar, drained. We really like the flavor the peppers add, but some folks don’t and choose to only use 4-5 peppers. I don’t use the juice I feel like it’s too overwhelming.

    Au Jus Seasoning

    Some Mississippi pot roast recipes use a dry packet of au ju or beef gravy. I prefer to use about 1/2 cup of water with beef bouillon. This gives it a robust taste without being so salty since you’ll get some salt from the ranch seasoning too.

    pile of mississippi pot roast

    You don’t want to add too much liquid and in fact some recipes don’t add any additional liquid or beef broth. The slow cooker works it’s magic by keeping all moisture inside the pot which will be enough to make your pot roast delicious without watering down the juices which would then become your gravy.

    The most common mistake people make is adding too much liquid and then not thinking that the roast has flavor.

    Ranch Seasoning

    Dry ranch seasoning has pretty common ingredients including garlic, onion, parsley, dill and powdered buttermilk. Buttermilk is where this Mississippi pot roast gets its unique tang.

    A bowl of dry spices

    Dry ranch seasoning packets have thickeners in them, so if you use store bought you won’t have this issue, but if you are like me and make your own, you’ll need to thicken the sauce.

    All you need to do it whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot with 1/4 cup of water. While you shred the roast, whisk it right into the pot and by the time you are done shredding, the gravy will be perfect.

    Sides for Mississippi Roast

    What do you serve with Mississippi pot roast?

    Most people serve their Mississippi pot roast over mashed potatoes I also like using my creamy ranch mashed potatoes. You can also use rice like my ranch rice.

    creamy ranch mashed potatoes

    Tonight we’ve opted for polenta just to switch things up!

    I also like to serve it with a side of something green like:

    Pot Roast in the Oven

    Can I make a Mississippi Pot Roast in the oven?

    You sure can! It will take less time, but since you are cooking it a little faster and with more heat there is a slight potential that it won’t be as tender.

    close up of seasoned Mississippi pot roast in the slow cooker

    All you need to do it prepare it the same way but in a large Dutch oven or roasting pan. Now you need to cover it tight to seal in the heat.

    Roast for 2-3 hours at 350 degrees. You’ll know the roast is done when it easily pulls apart with a fork.

    crockpot mississippi pot roast for Pinterest

    More beef roast recipes:

    Pressure Cooker Italian Pot Roast
    White Platter with Pot Roast, Carrots and Potatoes
    Pressure Cooker Italian Pot Roast is an easy and quick one-dish family meal. Potatoes, onions and carrots surround tender pot roast. Top with tomato gravy!
    Baked Eye of Round Roast
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    This Baked Eye of Round Roast is the easiest way to make delicious roast beef in your oven! Slice your roast beef and serve with a flavorful gravy made from the drippings.
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    Mississippi Pot Roast

    This easy Mississippi Pot Roast recipe is super tender and so perfect if you're craving comfort food! It's the best pot roast recipe!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time7 hrs
    Total Time7 hrs 10 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: mississippi pot roast, slow cooker pot roast
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 382kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola


    To thicken gravy:


    • In the bottom of the slow cooker, whisk together water and beef bouillon until smooth (or close to smooth).
    • Place the chuck roast in the middle and surround it with cut onion, garlic and pepperoncini.
    • Sprinkle the ranch seasoning on top of the roast. No need to massage in, just sprinkle it and go. Top the roast with cubed butter pieces.
    • Place the lid on and set for 7 hours on low. Depending on your slow cooker, the roast might be done in 6 hours and some might take 8. You’ll know it is done when you can easily shred off a piece with your fork.
    • Remove roast and set aside on a cutting board.
    • *Optional* Whisk cornstarch or arrowroot into 1/4 cup water and add to gravy.
    • While it thickens, shred beef and then return to sauce to coat.
    • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


    Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 4mg

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