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This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

This is the most viral Beef Pot Roast Recipe. I have been making this easy pot roast recipe and my family declared it the best beef pot roast they’ve ever eaten in their life.

Believe me, we’ve eaten a lot of beef roast in our days!

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe with mashed potatoes is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

It is a famous pot roast recipe made with only five ingredients. It originated from Robin Chapman, from Ripley Massachusetts who adapted a recipe given to her in the 1990s. She submitted it to her local church cookbook and the rest is history.

At one point, this beef roast recipe eventually became so popular that the New York Times said it was “the roast that owns the internet.”

It is made with a beef chuck roast, au jus gravy mix packet, ranch powder, pepperoncini peppers, and butter. You will never eat a better pot roast in your life!

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

Why you will love this Mississippi Roast Recipe:

  • It is so flavorful! There may be only five ingredients but those ingredients work wonders to bring out the flavors of the beef.
  • It is so tender. This pot roast is cooked low and slow in a crockpot until it can be easily shredded with a fork. You won’t believe how this just melts in your mouth!
  • Everyone loves it! If I am cooking up a homemade beef roast for my family or taking it to friends or family, I am 100% confident they will love it.

Best Beef Pot Roast Ingredients:

The best Mississippi pot roast recipe is made with only 5 simple ingredients and is the most flavorful and easiest beef roast you’ll ever eat!

The best Mississippi pot roast recipe is made with only 5 simple ingredients and is the most flavorful and easiest beef roast you'll ever eat!
  • Beef Roast — I suggest using chuck beef roast. Scroll below for more beef pot roast analysis.
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix — this is the flavor powerhouse and can be found in a packet. You can also use a brown gravy mix packet.
  • Ranch Powder — this is the dried ranch dressing powder you can find in the dressing or spice section at the grocery store. I use Hidden Valley Ranch ranch powder.
  • Pepperoncinis — these yellow peppers add the perfect amount of spice and tang.
  • Butter — if you are concerned about the sodium amount, you can use unsalted butter in this recipe.
  • Optional: Salt and Pepper

See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for quantities.

What type of Beef Roast should I use for making Pot Roast?

What type of beef works best for pot roast?

Chuck is the most popular cut of meat to use when you want to cook a beef roast.

Round would be my second choice which can also be called a rump roast or bottom round roast.

The key is to cook the beef at a very low temperature for a long period of time for the most tender roast.

What Is Pot Roast?

Pot Roast isn’t a type or a cut of meat but actually a method of cooking the meat. It can be seared and then cooked low and slow in a slow cooker (also known as a crockpot) with spices and liquid until it is perfectly tender and can be shredded with two forks.

Instructions:

How to make the best beef roast recipe. This is such a simple, easy pot roast recipe!

  1. Place the chuck roast into a slow cooker. Sprinkle with au jus gravy mix and dry ranch powder. Place pepperoncinis on the top.
  2. Place a stick of butter on the top of the roast and pepperoncini peppers. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  3. When the pot roast has finished cooking, shred the beef with two forks. Taste for seasonings.
  4. Serve with your favorite vegetables like creamy mashed potatoes.

How long to cook beef pot roast in the slow cooker crockpot?

The pot roast needs to be cooked in a slow cooker at the lowest temperature for 8-9 hours.

Beef pot roast can be cooked on high for 5 hours but I don’t suggest it. A good roast needs time to break down the fibers and become tender.

Also, don’t open the crockpot while cooking the roast!

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

Do I need to sear the beef roast before cooking it in slow cooker?

You don’t have to! This is the easiest beef pot roast recipe because you just throw all of the ingredients into a crockpot, set it, and forget it.

But if you want to infuse a little more flavor into the beef and start the cooking process, you can sear the beef in a skillet drizzled with oil over medium-high heat before adding it to the slow cooker.

Do I have to use butter in the Mississippi pot roast recipe?

Butter adds so many rich, velvety flavor to the beef and it creates the most amazing sauce for the beef to braise in. If you can, leave the butter in!

Can I add vegetables to cook with the roast?

Yes! You can add bite-size potatoes, carrots, and onions to the roast to cook with it.

Do I need to add any broth in the slow cooker?

No…the juices from the meat once it starts to cook mixes with the butter and the au jus mix to make the most flavorful sauce and braising liquid.

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

Substitutions

  • What if I can’t find the au jus gravy mix? You can use brown gravy mix in the place of the au jus gravy packet. The au jus packet does have a higher sodium content so if you use the brown gravy mix, you may need to add some salt and pepper.
  • What can you substitute for pepperoncini peppers? If you can’t find pepperoncini peppers, you can use jarred banana peppers or jalapeno peppers. If you use fresh jalapeno peppers, they are spicier than pepperoncinis so you may want to deseed the jalapenos before adding to the crockpot.

What to serve with Mississippi Pot Roast

Equipment

I love a good crockpot! It is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. This is my go to classic crockpot.

Storage

This pot roast can be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container. I would suggest adding all of the juices to the pot roast to keep it moist and tender.

You can also freeze this beef roast in freezer safe Ziploc bags.

TOP TIP:

Cook the beef roast low and slow! This isn’t a recipe to be rushed. I suggest cooking it on the low setting for 8-9 hours for the most tender beef.

Here are some popular recipes with beef chuck roast:

Pairing

These are my favorite dishes to serve with Mississippi Pot Roast:

This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.

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Mississippi Pot Roast

By: Modern Honey® – www.modernhoney.com
This Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe is the most tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth beef roast recipe and is made with only five ingredients. This is the best beef pot roast recipe ever and is slow cooked in a crockpot.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 3-4 lb. Chuck Roast
  • 1 ounce packet Ranch Powder (Hidden Valley)
  • 1 ounce Au Jus Gravy Mix Packet
  • 8 Pepperoncini Peppers (jarred)
  • 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted or salted, see notes)
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)

Instructions 

  • Place the chuck roast in the crockpot. Sprinkle ranch powder and au jus gravy mix all over the beef roast.
  • Place pepperoncinis on top of the roast. Place a stick of butter on the top of the peppers.
  • Put the lid on and set it on the low setting. Cook for 8-9 hours. Do NOT open the lid to check on the roast until it has cooked for at least 8 hours on low. This roast may be cooked on high for 5 hours but I wouldn't suggest it as it won't be as tender.
  • Shred the beef with two forks. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with the gravy on top of mashed potatoes.

Notes

Read the blog post for more details and FAQ’s.
    • Au Jus Gravy Mix — this is the flavor powerhouse and can be found in a packet. You can also use a brown gravy mix packet.
    • Butter — if you are concerned about the sodium amount, you can use unsalted butter in this recipe.
What type of beef works best for pot roast?
Chuck is the most popular cut of meat to use when you want to cook a beef roast.
Round would be my second choice which can also be called a rump roast or bottom round roast.
The key is to cook the beef at a very low temperature for a long period of time for the most tender roast.

Do I need to sear the beef roast before cooking it in slow cooker?

You don’t have to! This is the easiest beef pot roast recipe because you just throw all of the ingredients into a crockpot, set it, and forget it.
But if you want to infuse a little more flavor into the beef and start the cooking process, you can sear the beef in a skillet drizzled with oil over medium-high heat before adding it to the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 561kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 197mg, Sodium: 661mg, Potassium: 792mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 548IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 561
Keyword: beef pot roast, crockpot roast, mississippi pot roast, mississippi roast
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my, this was the best Father’s Day dinner ever along with your mashed potatoes recipe!
    And I didn’t even mess it up!
    It was delicious!
    Thanks!