Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

Fork tender, melt in your mouth, this is the BEST Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. A Naturally low-carb dinner idea made in the slow cooker!

If you love easy slow cooker meals, be sure to try this delicious Bourbon Chicken in the crockpot. Better than takeout! Our make a batch of our homemade spaghetti sauce. An easy pasta dinner awaits.

Mississippi pot roast in crockpot being scooped with tongs.

What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

When it comes to pot roast, we all dream of a fork tender, flavorful cut of meat.

While this Mississippi Pot Roast recipe is quite different from the kind I grew up with, it’s very similar to our favorite Slow Cooker Italian Beef recipe!

Before I tell you how to make this delicious roast, you may be wondering, what is it? Why is it different from a regular pot roast?

Mississippi Roast is usually made by placing a chuck roast in a crock pot or slow cooker. You’ll cook it beneath some butter, a package of ranch dressing mix, another package of “au jus” gravy mix and a handful of pepperoncini peppers.

The result is a fork tender roast that requires very little prep time! We love serving ours on homemade Baked Mashed Potatoes.

Or get fancy and serve it to guests with this delicious Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole recipe!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make mississippi pot roast in the slow cooker

Just five ingredients are all you need for this delicious dinner.

  1. Chuck Roast- sometimes called pot roast or chuck eye roast is what you want to find in the meat section. Use anywhere from 3-6 pounds for this recipe.
  2. Butter- unsalted is best. I’ve made this plenty of times without the butter, and it still tastes wonderful.
  3. Au Jus seasoning mix- look for this in the gravy aisle. I’ve used a packet of brown gravy mix in a pinch!
  4. Ranch dressing mix- don’t be dumping ranch dressing into this roast- the dry seasoning is what you’re looking for.
  5. Pepperoncinis- this is where the flavor comes from. In my house, we buy the sliced banana peppers, and dump the whole jar into the crockpot with the liquid. Banana peppers are slightly milder than pepperoncinis, and the slices break down into the beef better.

Fix it and Forget it

Step by step photos showing how to made slow cooker mississippi pot roast.

One of my favorite things about making this dinner is the 5 minutes it takes to assemble in the crock pot. This is perfect if you have a busy morning. It truly is a fix and forget it style dinner.

STEP 1. The roast.

First, place a chuck roast into the bottom of your slow cooker. I typically use a 4 lb roast, which is plenty of meat for my family of 6.

I don’t bother trimming the excess fat, as it helps break down the roast to a fork tender meat.

STEP 2. Add butter.

Next, place 4 tablespoons (sliced) butter over the top of the roast. In case you are wondering, I have made this without the butter, and it’s still delicious.

STEP 3. Seasoning.

Sprinkle one packet of ranch dressing mix and one packet of au jus gravy mix over the top of the roast as well.

STEP 4. Peppers.

Place 5 pepperoncini peppers (or more if your family loves them) into the crockpot. You can also used sliced ones instead of whole if you really love them like I do!

Don’t forget to add a small splash of the pepper juice!

Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. When you’re ready to eat, use two forks to shred the meat and serve. ENJOY.

Mississippi pot roast served on a plate of mashed potatoes.

What cut of meat is best

For most pot roast recipes, you’ll choose a chuck roast.

The chuck roast comes from the shoulder of the cow. When you purchase one, you’ll see some marbling of fat throughout the roast. I try to find one that has THIN strands of connective tissue, which is great because it melts into the meat creating a tender roast.

Chuck roast is great in Pot Roast, but also delicious in this Shredded Balsamic Beef recipe!

If you love mexican, I use a chuck roast to make this delicious Crockpot Barbacoa!

Mississippi pot roast served with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Recipe FAQs

Can Mississippi Pot roast be made in the oven?

Place your mississippi pot roast in a dutch oven or small roasting pan. Add ingredients. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 3 to 4 hours, until fork tender.

Can Mississippi Pot roast be made in a pressure cooker?

Yes! Use my Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast recipe for all the details on how to make this even faster! Still fork tender, and still great flavor.

Can you make Mississippi Roast without butter?

Want to cut out the extra butter in Mississippi Pot Roast? You can totally leave it out of this recipe and still yield delicious, tender roast. Be sure to find a cut of pot roast with marbling so that the fat renders making your roast more tender.

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe! You’ll love the fall off the bone texture and flavor of this chicken!

If you’re looking for an easy, no fuss meal idea, these Slow Cooker Beer Brats are delicious! Ten minutes prep and into the crockpot they go! Come home to a tasty meal!

Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it’s so versatile…sandwich, pizza, and more!

This French Dip recipe can be made in the slow cooker OR the instant pot! Tender, juicy meat on a french roll loaded with cheese!

Mississippi pot roast shredded in crockpot with pepperoncini peppers.

More Dinner Recipes

Yield: 10 servings

Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Fork tender, melt in your mouth, Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. A Naturally low-carb dinner idea made in the slow cooker!


  • 4 pound chuck roast
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 package au jus gravy mix
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers, plus a splash of the juice


  1. Place roast in bottom of a crock pot or slow cooker.
  2. Top with slices of butter, sprinkle the ranch and au jus over the top and add peppers. You can use whole peppers or a handful of sliced peppers. Add a small splash of the pepper juice.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred meat right before serving. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 937mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 46g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Tender, delicious Mississippi Roast recipe made with a perfect cut of chuck roast (pot roast).

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Posted on February 17, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. I have. As a matter of fact I have one in the crockpot right now. The great thing about using pork is you can make a really good BBQ with the leftovers.

  2. I make similar pepper free dish. I use a pack a beef stew along with one pack of dry ranch, one pack dry Italian, one pack au jus and half a cup of beef stock(water can be used, beef stock just adds more flavor.)

    1. I make similar pepper free dish. I use a pack a beef stew along with one pack of dry ranch, one pack dry Italian, one pack au jus and half a cup of beef stock(water can be used, beef stock just adds more flavor.

  3. Has any one ever made this with a pork roast? My husband likes pork a lot more than beef. Didn’t want to try without asking since pork and beef had sky rocked.

    1. I have. As a matter of fact I have one in the crockpot right now. The great thing about using pork is you can make a really good BBQ with the leftovers.

    1. Yes double the ingredients. Make sure that roast will fit in your slow cooker! If it does, I would give it about 8 hours on low.

    1. Yes I’m trying carrots and potatoes today again for the full 8 hrs.
      I tried them before but put them in to late and they weren’t done.
      When I would cook in oven I would put in roast at 1:00 and then add carrots and potatoes at 3:00 and everything cooked done just fine by 6:00.

  4. Finally! A roast that comes out tender and tasty! This was delicious! We condensed cook time 3 hours on high and 2 on low (because we had to) or it probably would have been even more tender! Delicious!

  5. I made this pot roast yesterday and it was delicious. I did sear the meat before putting it in the slow cooker. So tender. My husband really liked it. It’s a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

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