Warning, these customizable, set it and forget it, LOADED Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are crazy tender and a flavor and texture explosion in every mouthwatering bite! They not only make the easiest dinner or party food, but a super fun (make ahead!) sandwich bar to feed a crowd!
Loaded Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
So I guess I am a little behind the times. When I was in school, the last day of the school year was always mid June but apparently almost everyone is out of school already! So although I was planning on posting these AH-mazing Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches as a fun end of school year party food, you get them as a fun any time food (and great for Father’s Day too!) 🙂
But truth be told, you will want to make these Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches not just any time but ALL THE TIME! because almost as splendid as the symphony of flavors and textures is the fact that this is an effortless dump and run recipe. The only fixings you have to chop are the tomatoes and lettuce and bonus, your crockpot won’t heat up your kitchen!
So not only are these Italian Beef Sandwiches a sandwich/meat lover’s heaven, they are your heaven because you can prep everything ahead of time and they make a fantastic sandwich bar so everyone is happy! And they also make great leftovers, should you be so lucky.
So let’s talk the star of these Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches – the Italian Beef!! I used the same method (but mixed up the seasonings/add ins) as my Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches which literally have hundreds of raving reviews to create the most tender, melt in your mouth, flavorful beef.
First we sear our roast to develop flavor and seal in the juices and then it gets bathed in beef broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and COKE (inspired by my Chipotle Sweet Pulled Pork), showered with dry minced onions, beef bouillon, and a plethora of Italian seasonings and cooked on Low for 4 hours.
And then comes the secret to this practically fall apart tender meat and exploding flavor – we remove the roast while its still firm enough to hold together and cut it into thin slices, then add back to your slow cooker along with 1/3 cup juice from your jar of pepperoncini to add a nice zip and zing. The meat tenderizes for another 1-2 hours as it soak up even more flavor. So so much flavor.
Finally, we slather our hoagie buns with a a creamy, flavorful Aoili of mayo, sriracha and mustard, toast for 3 minutes, add our beef, and top with provolone cheese and broil to melty, bubbly perfection. The sandwiches would be delicious just like that, but just wait for the otherworldly deliciousness of customizable toppings….
I can barely handle it. I topped my cheesy Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches with roasted red peppers, salami, capacolla, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and pepperoncinis and finished it all off with salt and pepper and a drizzle or red wine vinegar. Insane I tell you. In the my-mind-can’t-comprehend-this-type-of-deliciousness sort of way. They would also be wonderful with pickles, olives, bacon, etc., almost anything as long as they are loaded with perfectly seasoned, unbelievably tender, flavorful Slow Cooker Italian beef. Happy Summer!
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