These Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are done right, Chicago style! Each tender sandwich is infused with Italian seasonings and served on a hoagie dripping with juice and loaded with crunchy giardiniera! Not only are they perfect for serving a crowd, they are effortless to make with a crock pot!
Warning – This sandwich is best enjoyed reminiscing about the ’85 Chicago Bears and waxing nostalgically about Mike Ditka. Actually, if da coach were a food blogger Italian Beef Sandwich recipes would likely be published each week, along with a buzzing Instagram feed of whatever William Perry is eating.
What is a Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich?
More than likely Chicago natives are ready to chastise me for using a slow cooker and shredding the meat for these sandwiches. If you are wondering what authentic Italian Beef sandwiches are, traditionally Chicago-style Italian Beef Sandwiches feature an oven roasted rump roast that is sliced thin with a deli slicer, then piled onto a hoagie roll, loaded with crunchy giardiniera, and dipped in the savory cooking juices!
However, since I suspect most of you don't have a home deli slicer, shredding these crock pot style is a worthy compromise. However, if you do buy a home deli slicer, get two and share with me. You'll be my favorite reader for a day.
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Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are the perfect set it and forget it meal. It takes a few minutes to load up the slow cooker and then you simply go about your day as your home gets filled with the most fragrant aromas!
I have my recipe set to cook on high for four hours, however, you can certainly leave it on low and let it simmer all day. You don't have to worry about crock pot Italian beef overcooking, it just gets more tender and flavor-infused.
Since no Italian beef sandwich is complete without it, I considered including a giardiniera recipe with this post. However since it is a multi-day process to prepare, I figured that defeated the purpose of having an easy Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches recipe.
What Bun for Italian Beef Sandwiches?
A classic Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich is dipped in the cooking juices so it is important your bun of choice can stand up to the liquid. An overly light and airy bun will quickly become saturated and begin falling apart. Instead, look for a slightly chewy hoagie roll, or French / Italian baguette, that can soak up the juice and still maintain it's structure.
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches - Chicago Style
- 4 lb Rump roast (Any stew roast can be substituted, like Chuck Roast)
- 2 cup Beef broth
- 3/4, 16oz jar sliced Pepperonchini peppers, drained
- 2 Bay leaves
- 2, 0.7oz Italian dressing seasoning packets
- 1 tsp Fresh Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Dried Basil
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Up to 1 tsp Salt to taste.
- Hoagie Rolls
- Add all ingredients to crock pot and set on high.
- Cook 4-5 hours, or until easily shredded.
- Shred beef with fork.
- This is meant to be a juicy sandwich. Either ladle out some juice to dip your sandwich in, or add the beef to the hoagie along with a generous splash of juice.
- Top meat with giardiniera and enjoy.
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