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A white bowl filled with mashed potatoes topped with Mississippi pot roast.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: family-friendly meals, how to make Mississippi roast, slow-cooker recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 552kcal
Mississippi Pot Roast is one of the easiest meals you will ever make. And, by the way, one of the most delicious roasts, too. Only 6 ingredients come together to make a family-friendly that will be requested time and time again.
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  • Slow-cooker


  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix See NOTES regarding sodium
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix See NOTES regarding sodium
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers
  • ¼ cup pepperoncini brine Juice from the bottle
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped, optional


  • In a large pot (ie, Dutch oven), heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the roast and sear on 1 side for about 4 minutes, until nicely browned. Flip the roast over and sear on the other side for another 4 minutes.
  • Place the roast in your slow-cooker and cover with au jus gravy mix, Ranch salad dressing mix, pepperoncini brine, pepperoncini peppers, and butter. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 5 hours.
  • Shred the meat with the 2 forks. Discard any chunks of fat. Stir the meat to incorporate the juice.
  • Serve warm.


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Both the au jus gravy mix and the Ranch mix are fairly high in sodium.  We like our roasts to be a little on the salty side.  If you prefer it to not be too salty tasting, then try using just half of each packet.  You'll still get the amazing flavor and the meat will still be fall-apart delicious. 
If you don't have time to sear the roast, don't worry about it.  The searing adds a nice texture, but the roast will still be delicious if you don't sear it first.
This roast makes a good amount.  Leftovers are just as good, if not even better the following days.  Keep in an air-tight container with a lid in the fridge for up to 5 to 7 days.  The cooked meat freezes beautifully for up to 2 months.  


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 5mg