Italian Beef Sandwiches

This recipe makes a lot, so you can easily feed a crowd at your next football playoff party (sorry, I won't be celebrating since the Steelers played themselves OUT of the playoffs!) or winter get-together.

This recipe is one of my Mother-in-law's standbys and she has always called it Italian Beef. I had to come up with real measurements for you, her's is all like "A half a bottle of ketchup, and pour in some vinegar, and a few dashes of oregano". But I figured it out, so let's pull out our slow cookers!

Italian Beef Sandwiches


4-5 lb. chuck roast
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups of ketchup
1 T. vinegar
1 T. salt
1 t. pepper
2 cups water (for a 5 lb. roast use 3 cups of water)
1 t. each oregano, garlic salt, red pepper, Italian seasoning
2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients and pour over roast in a crock pot. Cook 5-6 hours on high. Or if you would rather use your oven, cover and bake 5-6 hours at 325.

Remove the meat to a platter and shred with two forks. Once shredded, return the meat to the sauce and stir. Let cook 1/2 hour more then serve on a hard roll with cheese, or provide mini-buns for an appetizer party!

** I prefer to prepare this recipe the day before and refrigerate to remove the fat from the top, then reheat and serve.**


  1. YUM! That looks good and I'm always up for a good crock pot recipe. Thanks!

  2. holy deliciousness, batman! that looks so yummy!

  3. Great timing! I'll have to make these this weekend. I saw Chuck Roast was on sale this week in our grocery flyer so this will be great! Thanks so much!


  4. that sounds and looks delish!!! can't wait to try it.

  5. Sounds yummy! We can have this while we root for the Cowboys to lose ;) We are huge Steeler fans and were in your neck of the woods back in August for our first game (as a family!)

    O.K. it was preseason but the kids didn't really get that part so it felt real to us and besides Steeler fans didn't treat it any differently so the experience was awesome!

    Definitely a disappointing season to say the least. Thanks for the recipe!

    (here is a link to my post about the trip ... ah, the look of hope and optimism on our faces is almost too much to bear!)

    Pittsburgh ... Part 1-

    Pittsburgh ... Part 2-

    Pittsburgh ... Part 3-

  6. Yum! My mom does something similar, but uses Brooks ketchup (its got a little kick). I thought of you yesterday--we were practicing our states and capitals. It was #2's turn to answer, he confidently went up to the map and pointed to "Pencil lasagna"! I couldn't stop laughing!..it got worse with each try: pencil manana? (how do you do a tilde ?). Oh well...not nearly as bad as Massachusetts!

  7. Sounds yummy! My husband's Nanny used to make Italian beef every Christmas Eve. Hers was a little different than yours but yours sounds just as good, if not better!

  8. Sounds FABULOUS! I'll def put this one on my list of things to try.... and superbowl is PERFECT!

    Oh - and BTW - my lemoncello came out wonderfully. Thanks again for that idea and recipe! Everyone loved it! Can't wait to start on the next batch.... I'm thinking of using oranges?!

  9. Sounds a lot like pulled pork sandwiches! Yum!

    You can always follow my lead and watch the Pens! Hockey season is FAR from over!

  10. That recipe looks awesome and delicious! Thanks for sharing it!

    Oh and you went down a notch on my "like" status for being a Steelers fan. ;)

  11. I have a similar recipe and haven't made it in forever....gotta whip some up soon!! Thanks!

  12. Yum...I'm all over that. But mean of you to post that given hubs and I are juice fasting this week. I'll find it in my heart to forgive. Holly:)

  13. oh my gosh!!!!! sounds sooooo yummy!!!! i think i will be trying this one!!! thanks for sharing!!!


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