This Mississippi Pot Roast is one of the most delicious dinners you’ll ever make! It’s some of the most flavorful comfort food that’s super juicy and fork-tender. You only need 5 minutes of preparation to make this epic meal in the slow cooker!

Mississippi Roast

What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

Mississippi Pot Roast is a modern southern recipe created by Robin Chapman of Ripley, Mississippi around 2001 according to the New York Times. It was passed along through word of mouth until it started going viral on social media the past few years. The rest is history!

Called both Mississippi Roast and Mississippi Pot Roast, it consists of chuck roast cooked slowly in a crock pot with ranch dressing mix, au jus mix, butter and a few pepperoncini peppers. That’s it!


Make it into a hearty family meal that even the kids will love with some mashed potatoes or rice. Save the leftovers for making delicious po-boy style beef sandwiches or subs.

All you need is a slow cooker and a few simple ingredients, so let’s get started!

Closeup of Mississippi Pot Roast in a slow cooker, made with chuck roast, pepperoncini peppers, butter, au jus mix and ranch mix. So delicious!

How to Make Mississippi Pot Roast

Not only does Mississippi Pot Roast have mouthwatering flavors, but you just dump the ingredients into the slow cooker and walk away! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Chuck roast – order ahead from your meat counter to get what you want; it’s important to use chuck roast and not another cut
  • Ranch mix – this is the powdered version of ranch dressing and lends a nice gravy-like texture to the sauce along with flavor
  • Au jus mix – brown gravy mix is a good substitute if you can’t find au jus mix
  • Pepperoncini peppers – these are the mild Italian/Greek peppers in a jar
  • Butter – I recommend unsalted butter as the mixes usually have a lot of salt already

You don’t need to add any liquid, unlike traditional pot roasts. The meat releases juices that baste the meat in a delicious gravy as it cooks.

Tips and Secrets for Making Mississippi Pot Roast

  • Make sure you use low heat on the slow cooker for at least 6 hours and preferably 8 hours.
  • For a lighter option, you can cut the amount of butter in half or substitute in one cup of milk.
  • You can double the recipe for a party, or to have leftovers that you can eat as is or make into sandwiches or subs.
  • Once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can try adding in baby carrots, mushrooms and/or onions as variations.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Equipment Used to Make Mississippi Pot Roast

  • A 6-quart crock pot works well for a 3 lb chuck roast with about 8 servings. If you want to double the recipe to a 5-6 lb of beef, then it’s best to use an 8-quart slow cooker.
  • Kitchen tongs are useful for moving the chuck roast in and out of the slow cooker.
  • Meat shredding claws: very helpful for pulling the cooked chuck roast apart into chunks for serving.
  • A fat separator is extremely helpful for removing excess fat from the gravy before serving. You don’t need the fat to enjoy all the flavor from this recipe!
Mississippi Pot Roast
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Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

This Mississippi Pot Roast is one of the most delicious dinner ideas you'll ever make! It's some of the most flavorful comfort food that’s super juicy and fork-tender. You only need 5 minutes of preparation to make this epic meal in the slow cooker.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pot roast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 428 kcal
Author TipBuzz



  1. Place the chuck roast into a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add the au jus mix, ranch mix, butter and peppers around the roast.

  3. Cover the slow cooker and place on a Low Heat setting for 8 hours.

  4. Remove cover and separate meat into chunks using two forks or shredding claws. You may also wish to remove excess fat with a fat separator.

  5. Garnish with optional minced parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

You can use as many pepperoncini peppers depending on how hot you want it: at least 2-3 whole peppers but as many as 15-20 for a nice kick.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 671mg 28%
Potassium 574mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 19.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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