Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kitchen Traditions - Italian Beef Sandwiches

Here is another recipe from our Grandma Carper.  This was a frequently served for Sunday Dinner at Grandma's house.  Little did we know just how easy it was! I don't make this nearly as often as I should, it is very well received with my picky eaters.

So, again. basic ingredients here, the recipe calls for a 3-4 lb rump roast... we don't eat that much so I used a 2 lb roast. I did not adjust the rest of the recipe (I love Au Jus and figured the extra would not go to waste)  water, beef bouillon cubes, Italian seasoning, granulated garlic, and red pepper flakes.

A little aside here... I am a wimp when it comes to heat, this is the only recipe I ever use red pepper flakes in. Therefore, I do not buy them in the store... Whenever we order pizza, I get a couple of little pouches that they give with their to go/delivery orders so I always have a tiny bit on hand. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste;  I only use a pinch of red pepper flakes, Grandmas written recipe called for "a sprinkle" of red pepper flakes and had no measurements for the Italian seasoning and garlic.

Be sure to spray your Crockpot with non-stick cooking spray to make clean up easier. I put the water and the bouillon in the crock pot first, then add the roast. Sprinkle the seasonings on top.  Put the lid on, turn the Crockpot on low and cook for 10-12 hours.  Yes, 10-12 hrs. I am sure you could adjust the heat to high and cook for less time, but I've never tried it.

After the allotted cooking time has expired, remove the roast from the juice and slice/shred.  Grandma's recipe says slice, but I can never get it to slice, it always just kind of shreds.

Place the beef on a hoagie bun and serve with Au Jus.  Alternately, you can place it back in the Au Jus and place it in the refrigerator to reheat and serve tomorrow.  This is how I do it as it takes so long to cook. I make it the day before and then warm it to serve for lunch/dinner the next day.  You can also jazz this up by adding some cheese and/or some sauteed onions and peppers to your sandwich. Yum!

I hope you enjoy this recipe... Please be sure to comment and let me know what you think and/or if you try it!

Love and God's peace to you,



  1. When I make it I cook on high for 6 hours, it turns out fine. I also have changed the garlic to fresh, 2-3 cloves minced.

  2. Thanks, Mom! I'll add that to my recipe card!