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Mississippi Pot Roast

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Mississippi Pot Roast


  • 1 (3-4 pound) chuck roast

  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) of Challenge Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces.

  • 1 (1-ounce package) of your favorite dry buttermilk dressing mix (dry Italian dressing mix can be substituted)

  • 1 (1-ounce package) dry aus jus gravy mix (French onion soup mix can be substituted)

  • 6 -8 whole pepperoncini’s or ½ cup of sliced, plus ½ cup of juice from the jar

Slow Cooker Instructions

Place roast in the bottom of a slow cooker and add pepperoncini juice. Sprinkle roast with ranch mix and aus jus gravy mix. Top with pepperoncini and pieces of butter.

If time allows, our preferred method for a tender, buttery roast is to cook on low for 8-10 hours or until fork-tender. You can also cook on high for 4-6 hours for a quicker option. 

Oven Instructions

Place roast into a Dutch oven or a covered oven-proof roasting pan. Follow the above directions to prepare. Cover and bake at 225 degrees, for 8-9 hours or until fork-tender.

If a thicker gravy is desired

Combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water. Whisk until well-combined and smooth.

Remove all liquid from the slow cooker or roasting pan, and place it into a saucepan on the stove. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the meat juices and bring to a boil while constantly stirring or whisking until thickened and velvety smooth. Reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes prior to serving.

Want to make this recipe a complete meal?

During the last 2 hours of cook time, add 1 ½ pound of baby potatoes, or medium-sized red potatoes cut in half, along with one pound of baby carrots to your slow cooker or roasting pan.

Serves 6

Chef Tips:

  • We prefer a chuck roast for this recipe, however a sirloin tip, rump roast, or even a pork roast will work!

  • Dry mix brands vary when it comes to sodium levels. If possible, purchase low sodium mixes to add to this recipe. You can always adjust the salt if needed at the end.

  • Very surprisingly, the pepperoncini peppers do not necessarily add any heat, just a bit of tang and flavor! The heat will mellow the peppers as they simmer. If you like things spicy, consider adding shishito peppers, spicy green chilies, or pickled jalapenos to the pot.

  • For more aromatic flavor, add 2 teaspoons of dry Italian Herb Seasoning before cooking.

  • To add a delicious roasted garlic flavor, add 10-12 peeled garlic cloves for a tasty addition. This may sound like a lot of garlic, but since this recipe has a very long cook time, the garlic will sweeten, become buttery in texture, and be less harsh as it cooks. Add garlic with all other ingredients before cooking.

  • A sliced onion can be added along with the pepperoncini’s for an extra savory flavor.

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