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Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Total Time9 hrs
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6


  • Slow Cooker



  • 3 to 4 pounds beef chuck roast or round roast or wild game
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth divided
  • 8 ounces pepperoncini pepper slices plus 1/4 cup of juice and additional peppers for serving
  • 8 ounces giardiniera pickled vegetables mild or spicy drained, plus additional for serving (look for chopped versus whole)
  • Provolone cheese slices for serving
  • Hoagie buns for serving


  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme dried ground


  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Season the beef all over with kosher salt. Let the meat rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, measure the other spices and seasonings. In a small bowl, stir together the seasoning ingredients; set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high. Once it is hot, sear the meat on all sides until golden brown, moving it as little as possible so that it develops a nice crust. Transfer the meat to the slow cooker.
  • Wash the counter and utensils that touched the raw meat. Wash hands with soap and water after handling raw meat.
  • Turn the heat to medium. Carefully add in a small amount of the broth, and with a wooden spoon, scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the liquid and any bits into the slow cooker on top of the beef.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mix on top of the beef.
  • Add the pepperoncini peppers and juice. Add the drained giardiniera.
  • Pour in the remaining broth.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork. Shred the beef, then stir it together with the juices; cover and cook on low for 30 additional minutes.
  • To serve, split the hoagie buns and, if desired, toast on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes. Fill the bread with the shredded Italian beef and top with provolone, pepperoncini, and giardiniera as desired. Enjoy!


*You can swap the homemade Italian seasoning mix in this recipe with a .7 ounce packet of Italian dressing mix.
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