Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

If you’re looking for the perfect tailgating dish, look no further! These Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a game day favorite. With just a few simple ingredients and a slow cooker, you can create delicious, tender beef sandwiches that will impress your guests. Let’s dive in and get cooking!

Italian beef sandwiches with peppers

The Perfect Game Day Dish

Tailgating season is a special time of the year. The weather cools down, and we gather with friends and family to enjoy our favorite party foods. Among them, Italian Beef sandwiches hold a special place. Picture this: tender pulled beef, flavorful peppers, and a hint of zest and tang. Hungry yet?

Beef Selection and Seasonings

To make the best Italian Beef sandwich, it’s essential to choose the right cut of meat. While sirloin may seem like the obvious choice, it won’t hold up well in the slow cooker. Instead, opt for chuck roast or rump roast. These cuts are tender and flavorful, perfect for slow cooking.

For the seasonings, we’ll be using a packet of Italian dressing mix. This adds a burst of zest and tang to the beef. To enhance the flavor even further, we’ll be adding sliced pepperoncinis. These add a delicious, salty, briny flavor and just a hint of heat, without overwhelming the sandwich.

Beef tenderloin in a Crock-Pot with banana peppers and Seasonings on the side

The Cooking Process

Making Slow Cooker Italian Beef is a breeze. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Prep: Start by browning the roast, then transfer it to the slow cooker. Add the Italian seasonings, broth, and pepperoncini peppers.

  2. Cook: Set your slow cooker to high for 5-6 hours or low for 9-10 hours. Let the beef cook until it becomes fork-tender and buttery.

  3. Shred: Using two forks, shred the beef and return it to the juices. Stir to combine and let it warm for at least 20 minutes. This step ensures that every bite is packed with flavor.

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Serving Suggestions

To serve your Crock Pot Italian Beef sandwich, stack it high on hoagie rolls or Italian rolls. Add giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies) or more pickled peppers if you’re craving a bit of heat. You can also try roasted sweet green peppers for a milder option.

Don’t forget about the juices! It’s essential to include the flavorful juices in your sandwich. In fact, in Chicago, it’s common to dip the entire sandwich right into the au jus before serving.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add provolone cheese to your sandwich, giving it an extra layer of richness and flavor.

Crock-Pot Italian beef in a crock pot with buns and peppers on the side

Additional Toppings and Pairings

While the Italian Beef sandwich is delicious on its own, you can elevate it further with some additional toppings. Pickled veggies like refrigerator pickles and pickled jalapenos complement the beef perfectly. Other tasty additions include cheese (such as mozzarella, monterey jack, or gouda), crisp lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, olives, and Italian dressing.

Looking for more serving ideas? Italian Beef is incredibly versatile. Aside from sandwiches, you can pair it with mashed potatoes and a fresh Italian salad for a delectable roast beef dinner.

Italian beef sandwich ingredients on a wooden board with Omeprazole

Storing Leftovers

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, you can store them for future enjoyment. Place the slow cooker Italian beef in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can freeze it for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to indulge again, simply defrost in the fridge, microwave, or oven.

If you find yourself with leftover meat, get creative! You can use it to make enchiladas, tacos, or even a breakfast hash. The possibilities are endless.

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More Crock Pot Beef Recipes

If you’re a fan of easy and delicious slow cooker recipes, we have more options for you to explore:

  • Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff – A weeknight favorite
  • Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe – Hearty and delicious
  • Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak – So easy to make
  • Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes – Another tailgate favorite
  • CrockPot Beef Stew – A classic comfort dish

Now that you have all the information and inspiration you need, it’s time to fire up your slow cooker and start making these mouthwatering Italian Beef sandwiches. Enjoy the game day festivities with this crowd-pleasing dish from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ!

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