Lunch / Dinner
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
Slow-Cooker Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches are the heart of a perfect low-key, flavorful menu that takes little effort on summer party day, so you, too, can sit down and enjoy your company. Serve them with Italian Pasta Salad, Sparkling Lemonade, and No-Churn Ice Cream Sandwiches for a menu that warrants celebration.
Test Kitchen Tip
If you want to melt the cheese, preheat your broiler to high, arrange sandwiches (without top buns) on a baking sheet, and broil until cheese melts.
Combine black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper flakes. Cut roast into two or three chunks, depending on size. Rub seasoning all over chunks.
Arrange onions, chopped pepperoncini, and garlic in bottom of a 6- to 8-qt. slow cooker.
Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high; sear roast chunks on all sides until browned, about 10 minutes, then transfer to slow cooker.
Deglaze skillet with broth, cola, and Worcestershire, scraping up any brown bits; pour over roast chunks. Cover slow cooker and cook roast chunks until fork-tender on high setting, about 6 hours.
Transfer roast chunks to a cutting board; shred using two forks. Return shredded beef to slow cooker; stir reserved pepperoncini brine into cooking liquid.
Strain shredded beef and solids from cooking liquid. Layer shredded beef, sliced pepperoncini, cherry peppers, and provolone on buns; serve with “au jus” cooking liquid for dipping.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 1751mg 72%
Carbs 11g 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.