Finding simple meals that everyone in the family loves isn’t always easy. But once you make this slow cooker Mississippi pot roast recipe, you’ll be adding it to your dinner rotation from now on! That’s because it’s packed with flavor thanks to the combination of Ranch and au jus seasonings. And when you top the beef with butter, you end up with a fall-apart tender roast that’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the dinner table.I first started making this recipe after my neighbour Christie asked me for ideas for using up a bulk sized jar of pepperoncini peppers she had. It’s been love at first bite for my family ever since!
Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe
- 3 to 5 pound beef chuck roast
- 6 ounces pepperoncini peppers and juice
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 pack au jus gravy mix
- 1 pack dry ranch seasoning mix
- Salt and pepper
- Place the chuck roast in a large resealable freezer bag.
- Add the pepperoncini peppers, butter, gravy mix, ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper to the bag.
- Remove excess air from the bag, seal it, and place the roast in the freezer until you’re ready to start cooking.
- Place the roast in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
- Transfer the contents of the bag to the bowl of the slow cooker.
- Set to cook on low for 8 hours.
- Shred the meat before serving.
Is Pot Roast Good to Freeze?
Storing your pot roast in the freezer is a great way to extend the shelf life of your meat! That’s because you can easily prep the ingredients for your roast and store everything together in the freezer until you’re ready to start cooking.
When you’re ready to cook the pot roast, transfer the frozen meat to the refrigerator to thaw. You’ll need to give the roast at least 24 hours to fully thaw in the fridge before you start cooking.
Does Frozen Pot Roast Go Bad?
While freezing your roast is a great way to help the meat last longer than it would in the fridge, it won’t last indefinitely. Frozen roast is typically good for three months. Be sure to get as much air as you can out of your bag before sealing as that is what will prevent your freezer burn.
Before you place the meat in the freezer, make sure to label your freezer bag with the recipe name, date of freezing, and expected expiration date to ensure you use the meat before it goes bad. You can find printable labels with the date and cooking instructions in the Freezer Meals 101 Club.
Can I Prep Mississippi Pot Roast the Night Before?
In addition to prepping your roast ahead of time and storing in the freezer, you can also make the dish in advance and keep it in the fridge. Mississippi pot roast ingredients can be kept in the fridge for up to two days before it should be cooked.
Combine all the ingredients in a freezer bag or large, airtight storage container. Make sure all the ingredients are refrigerated until you’re ready to start cooking. After that, just transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook according to the recipe instructions.
Why Is My Mississippi Pot Roast Tough?
Chuck roast is typically a tough cut of meat. That means it needs a long cooking time to help give the meat time to break down and tenderize. So, if your pot roast is till tough after cooking according to the recipe instructions, all you have to do is continue cooking it.
Simply return the meat to the pot and make sure there is enough liquid to cover the bottom of the bowl. Then, continue cooking until the meat begins to pull apart easily.
How to Serve Mississippi Pot Roast?
There are a variety of ways you can serve your roast after it’s prepared. And this delicious roast recipe is a family friendly main course no matter how you serve it! Try serving your cooked roast in these different ways.
- As sandwiches. Serve the shredded meat on toasted sandwich rolls topped with provolone cheese for a quick and easy dinner idea.
- Over potatoes. Prepare a batch of mashed potatoes to round out your meal, then serve the roast over the top of the creamy potatoes topped with extra gravy. This is our preferred serving method.
- With egg noodles. Stir some cooked egg noodles into your shredded meat to make a quick and easy pasta dinner.
- Over rice. Add some white rice to your plate and serve the meat over the top of the cooked rice for a simple family friendly meal.
- With potatoes and carrots. Prepare your Mississippi pot roast like a traditional pot roast by adding potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker along with the beef.
How Do I Store Mississippi Pot Roast?
This pot roast recipe is packed with flavor, which means you probably won’t have any left when dinner is over! But if you do have a few leftovers on hand, you should store them in the refrigerator.
Transfer the leftover meat and gravy to an airtight container and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to enjoy it again. You can reheat the leftovers in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium low heat.
- 3 - 5 pound beef chuck roast
- 6 oz pepperoncini peppers and juice
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 packet au jus gravy mix
- 1 packet dry Ranch seasoning mix
- salt and pepper to taste
Place the chuck roast in a large resealable freezer bag.
Add the pepperoncini peppers, butter, gravy mix, ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper to the bag.
Remove excess air, seal, and freeze.
Transfer the contents of the bag to the bowl of the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Shred the meat before serving.