I have seen various recipes about cooking a beef or pork roast in the crockpot with a jar of pepperoncini and finally tried it today. I had bought a new crockpot recently. My old one always felt too hot on the bottom and in fact one day caused my Corian-like (but not Corian) counter to actually split apart from the heat one day. They were able to repair it so that you cannot see a thing but it worried me. I had heard that the newer crockpots were hotter than the old ones and had put it off to that. But when I was at a friend’s recently she had a brand new crockpot and it didn’t get near as hot on the bottom as mine did. So I tossed mine and bought a new one. This was the break-in night.
The recipes varied quite a bit, with some having just a roast and a 16 ounce jar of pepperoncini dumped over it to others that had the roast with garlic cloves inserted in slits. Some said put the roast on slices of onion; others just had the roast sit in the crockpot. Some had a packet of dry Italian dressing mix sprinkled over the roast; others had Italian herbs. Some had a can or bottle of beer poured over the roast; others had a cup or two of beef broth. One had both. One had nothing.
Here’s what I did.
Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Pepperoncini
- one beef roast
- 1 onion, sliced
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a packet of Italian dressing mix
- 1 16- ounce jar of pepperoncini and liquid
- 1 12- oz bottle of beer
- enough water to cover the roast
- Lay the onion slices on the bottom of the pot, put the roast on top, sprinkl the roast with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning mix. Pour the jar of pepperoncini over the roast, and add the beer, then enough water to cover the roast.
- Cook on low all day.
- For a delicious sandwich, put the shredded meat on a French roll along with some shredded mozzarella. On mine, I added some of the peppers (after tearing of the stems) and onion.
This was a bit spicy for my kids even though they did not put any peppers on their sandwiches. One thought it was fine after sprinkling a bit of salt on it to cut the spice. They both liked them, but would have preferred the meat a bit milder.
There will be lots of leftover peppers but I know they contributed to the flavor so I’m not sure I would cut down on the quantity.