Italian Beef

Hey all!  Today I am sharing with you a super yummy recipe for Italian Beef.  And surprise, surprise, this is another recipe of my mom's.  Which I found out originally came from my Aunt Kathy - a true family recipe!  My sister in law absolutely loves this recipe and often makes it.  It's even made its way to her side of the family and is high on their favorites list!  Funnily enough, this is one of my mom's recipes I have never made myself.  After hearing my sister in law rave about it so much, I need I had to change that.  And while I still haven't quite made this myself (my mom and I made it together in the pictures below at my parent's so I don't quite count it as making it on my own), it's definitely one that will be added into the rotation going forward.  This Italian Beef super easy to make and one of those great make ahead dishes.  You can cook it while at home, cut it up, store and then eat on it throughout the week for a quick, but warm and delicious meal.  I am going to change things up a bit and explain by picture, and then share the steps (sans pictures) below.

First, you need a rolled rump roast, or some type of thicker beef roast.  And about 3-4 cloves of garlic.  Cut about 6-8 slits in the roast, fat side up.  Cut your cloves of garlic in half, then insert into cuts.  

Place inside roaster at 275 degrees.  My mom uses a Nesco roaster for this, but you could also roast in your oven, using a dutch oven.  Another option is to use your slower cooker.  For that, you would place in slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.  Note: Slow cooker times are courtesy of googling - once I actually make it in my crock pot, I will adjust times if necessary!

Add enough water to come up half way on roast.

Sprinkle dry Italian seasoning mix (2 packets) on top of roast and in water.

Add in 2-3 beef bouillon cubes.

Sprinkle with just a bit of Italian seasoning.

Cook covered for about 5-6 hours in a roaster / oven.  For the slow cooker, cook on low 8-10 hours, or high 4-5 hours.  For some reason that is where my photos stopped.  However, to summarize the next steps (which will again be down below), you take the meat out, refrigerate in a covered container, and in a separate container, pour in the liquid and store in the refrigerator.  Once meat has cooled in the refrigerator, you will want to thinly slide it, against the grain.  As for the liquid, the fat will form on top of it in a thin layer, which you can skim off.  To eat, heat the liquid on the stove to a low simmer, then add the meat and warm.  This will keep the meat from drying out!

Now for the condensed version.

Italian Beef
Rolled rump roaster or some type of thicker beef roast
3-4 cloves of garlic
2 envelopes of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mixes
2 or 3 beef bouillon cubes
Italian seasoning

Make 6-8 small cuts in the top of the roast, fat side up.  Cut garlic cloves in half, then insert into the roast.  Put in Nesco roaster / dutch oven / slow cooker.  Add enough water to come halfway up on the roast.  Sprinkle both packets of Italian dressing mix on top of the roast and in the water.  Add beef bouillon cubes, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.  Cook covered - Nesco roaster 275 for 5-6 hours, dutch oven in the oven at 275 for 5-6 hours, slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.  Once done, remove meat from pan and refrigerate.  Remove liquid from pan and refrigerate separately.  Once roast is cooled in the frig, slice thinly against the grain.  Again, store separately from the liquid in the refrigerator.  To eat, heat the liquid on the stove to a low simmer, then add meat and warm through.  Enjoy!  

A few things to note - my mom likes to cool the meat in the frig because she said it is easier to cut that way.  The reason you warm the liquid first, is to avoid drying out the meat.

You can serve this pretty much anyway - as a sandwich, by itself with potatoes, or on top of rice or anything other grain.  No matter how you serve it, you cannot beat the taste.  And let me tell you, the smell is amazing.  Your mouth will be watering while this cooks up!    

Reminder: Tomorrow is my favorite of the fall favorite link up topics - fall decor!  I absolutely love seasonal decorating, and this time of year is one of my favorites to share!

Linking up with Erika, AshleyThe Blended Blog, Lindsay and Whitney.


  1. Oooh is this ever perfect for a Fall weekend!!! Looks scrumptious!!

  2. I love slow cooker recipes-- especially when you don't have to do a ton of prep, so this looks awesome! Loved seeing the step by step photos!

  3. The sounds great! I love that it is a family recipe!

  4. This sounds soooo good! My mom has a similar recipe for roast beef au jus and it's one of my favorite things! Yours sounds delicious! I could eat a sandwich with that meat every single day and never get tired of it. I love me some beef!

  5. Oh I love a good crockpot recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I love crockpot meals. These sound very good and so simple.