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Mississippi Pot Roast

This fork-tender slow cooker Mississippi pot roast is super easy to make with only FIVE ingredients but boasts of deliciously decadent, buttery, rich and tangy flavors.

Shredded Mississippi pot roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.

I made two mistakes while cooking this. First, I started the pot roast pretty early in the morning which meant we had to deal with eight agonizing hours of tasty smells wafting to all four corners of the house while we worked from home. And second, I made this in advance while we still had leftovers to finish up, so we couldn’t even reward ourselves immediately.

You will need a strong constitution to rally your stomach into ignoring the amazing smells while going about your day and an ironclad will to not lift the lid of the slow cooker to get some of that mouthwatering aroma in your face. Because this buttery roast is quite simply, utterly delicious. I can honestly say this slow cooker Mississippi pot roast is one of the BEST roasts I have ever tasted, And it will definitely be a staple. So let’s get started.

Shredded Mississippi pot roast in a bowl with pepperoncini peppers.

What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

Almost a decade ago, a pot roast from a home cook in Mississippi became popular and while she did not specifically call it Mississippi Pot Roast, the roast was quickly dubbed that on the internet in its rise to fame and popularity.

Is Mississippi Pot Roast Spicy?

The pepperoncini peppers are not spicy at all if this makes you hesitate. Think of bell peppers that aren’t spicy but still lends some flavor to a recipe. These give a slight tangy taste to the roast, which is balanced out by the fullness of au jus gravy mix and the richness of ranch dressing. Coupled with butter, this roast is absolutely decadent and not your typical pot roast by any means.

Can You Cook Mississippi Pot Roast On High?

Yes, you can cook a chuck roast on high for about 4-5 hours. I highly recommend the low and slow method however to give the meat more time to absorb all the flavors!

Can You Make Mississippi Pot Roast In The Oven?

Yes, you can roast it in the oven like a regular roast. I would recommend a starting point of 300Β°F for about 1 hour per pound, or until the roast is fork-tender. Adjust the time as needed. If you do end up doing it this way, I’d love to hear back from you on the time and settings you used!

Before and after Mississippi pot roast cooking in a slow cooker.


Searing – I seared the chuck roast on both sides to lock in the flavor but you can skip this step if you’re feeling lazy, don’t feel like breaking out a pan and washing it, or simply want to throw everything in the slow cooker and call it a day. You do not have to pre-season the roast with salt and pepper because there is more than enough sodium and flavor from the flavor packets.

Pepperoncini peppers – I used the Vigo brand of peppers.  The pepperoncini peppers will be in a jar in the pickle/olive aisle and not in the fresh veggies aisle.

Butter – For the butter, I used Land O Lakes half sticks butter. Each stick of butter is 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons of butter, which makes it easy for you. Just cube up the stick of butter and you’re done. No need to break out the measuring cups.

Veggies – Throw in some baby carrots and baby potatoes for extra veggies, or skip the potatoes and add the carrots to serve the pot roast with mashed potatoes. I like using the colorful blend but it really doesn’t matter visually since, in the slow cooker, all veggies end up coming out slightly browned from cooking in the meat juices. If you don’t use baby carrots and potatoes and decide to dice up regular ones instead, cut them into big 2″ pieces because they tend to disintegrate slightly in the slow cooker.

Note: Some people have substituted the au just gravy mix with brown gravy mix or onion soup and dip mix. I personally have not tested these yet so I cannot confirm how good or bad they are but these are options available to you.

And that’s it. I cooked mine on low for 8 hours and now we have delicious leftovers for days. Enjoy and happy cooking πŸ™‚


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Shredded Mississippi pot roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Mississippi Pot Roast

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This fork-tender slow cooker Mississippi pot roast is super easy to make with only FIVE ingredients but boasts of deliciously decadent, buttery, rich and tangy flavors.


Units Scale
  • 34 lb. chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers


  1. [Optional step] Over medium-high heat, sear the chuck roast on both sides until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Place roast in a 6 qt. slow cooker and sprinkle evenly with ranch dressing and au jus gravy mix.
  3. Add butter and whole pepperoncini peppers. If adding veggies, see notes.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Shred the roast with two forks and return meat to the pot to toss in the juices.
  6. Dish and serve hot with mashed potatoes or your own sides.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Use about 1 lb. baby carrots and 1 1/2 lb. baby potatoes if you decide to add veggies to the roast.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours

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  • Reply
    D Anthony Barco
    April 2, 2022 at 8:40 AM

    I made this exactly as you said to, and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 4, 2022 at 11:07 AM

      You are very welcome! It’s such an easy recipe with so much flavor. I’m happy you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    June 20, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    I have made this several times throughout the year. As a matter of fact we just had this Tuesday. I use onion soup mix and I use a whole stick of butter. I slice the butter in half lengthwise. My wife loves it. I’ve served the au jus over rice and mashed potatoes. If you want to make gravy, just add flour to thicken, but the au jus tastes great by itself. I’ve browned mines first in my Ninja cooker and recently cooked it on high for 31/2 hours, it came out less dry. But I will continue to keep making this. PS I just finished eating the last bit of the roast last night.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 2, 2021 at 4:08 PM

      Another hack to thicken the sauce is to use a cornstarch slurry but not many folks have that in their kitchen. We’ve made this three times last year and will make it again when it gets colder. It’s a favorite! Thanks for leaving a review, Gregory and have fun cooking!

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    Mary T
    January 8, 2021 at 8:25 PM

    Am I missing something or is there no liquid added to this recipe? Planning to make it tomorrow but I’ve never slow cooked a roast without added liquid.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 8, 2021 at 8:44 PM

      You’re right, there’s no liquid added here. The fat from the roast will melt some and add some au jus. Check the pictures of it in the crockpot to see if that’s enough for you, if not, you can add maybe half a cup of beef stock. I wouldn’t go any more than that. Good luck!

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    December 16, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    5 starsMade this last night for dinner, it was Great. My store doesn’t have pepperoncini peppers. I will find them elsewhere when I make this again. This is a super easy recipe. Definitely adding this into the rotation. Thanks you.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 16, 2020 at 11:15 PM

      Hey Dustin! Thanks so much for trying it out. I hope you manage to find those peppers the next time you try it out. There’s a slight, underlying taste to them that they bring to the roast. But, I am glad the roast worked out great for you despite all of it!

  • Reply
    December 16, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Wow! Love this! Wasn’t able to find “au jus”, so I went with a package of brown gravy mix and put the potatoes and carrots in. My husband said that he wouldn’t want me to change a thing next time I make it. This is a keeper! Thank you.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 16, 2020 at 9:38 PM

      I’m glad to hear the brown gravy mix worked just as well. My hubby was mesmerized by the crock pot for those 8 hours. I honestly didn’t trust him not to lift that lid! πŸ˜€ You’re welcome and thanks for coming back to let me know how it went for you!

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    David A Pack
    December 13, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Yes, nice and simple, Farah, thanks….

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 13, 2020 at 5:28 PM

      You’re very welcome! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

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