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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches
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The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Graham R. and his dog, Carl. For more of their delicious food ventures, visit them on Instagram @cookingwithcarrrl.

It’s time to beef up your sandwich game! Kick PB & J to the curb, say “adios” to ham and cheese and tell that turkey and swiss to trot away. You’re in need of a hearty sandwich that will warm your soul and fill your belly! This zesty sandwich is the ideal meal.

Today we’re filling up on Italian Beef Sandwiches. This is a staple recipe in my kitchen and showcases one of my favorite cuts of beef, the chuck roast! Not just any chuck roast, a Heinen’s beef chuck roast.

Italian Beef Sandwich Ingredients

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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches


  • 1 2 ½ - 3 ½ lb. Heinen's chuck roast
  • 1 packet zesty Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup banana pepper rings
  • 1 cup mixed giardiniera
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup juice from the banana peppers
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Provolone cheese
  • 12 sandwich rolls


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove the chuck roast from the package and pat dry with a paper towel. Season heavily on all sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Add a Tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet and sear each side of the roast for 2-3 minutes until a nice crust has formed.
  4. Mince up jarred giardiniera mix. I like mincing my own as I can control which veggies go into it and the size. I like mine in bigger chunks for a crunchy bite. The crunchy texture is a perfect complement to the tender beef.
  5. Place 1/3 cup of the giardiniera mixture on the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the chuck roast directly on top. Top with the Italian seasoning, 1/2 cup of banana pepper rings, banana pepper juice, garlic cloves and beef broth. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until the meat falls apart.
  6. After 6 hours, check on the roast. It should fall apart with just the slightest touch of a fork. Shred the meat and allow the meat to cook for another 20 minutes in the juice.
  7. While the shredded beef finished cooking, toast the buns. You can leave the buns untoasted, but I prefer to toast mine in a skillet. This is a messy sandwich and the bread soaks up a lot of the juices. Toasting the bun will ensure the sandwich doesn’t fall apart!
  8. After the buns are toasted, place a slice of provolone cheese in the middle of each. Top with two heaping scoops of beef, a Tbsp. of the juices and 2 Tbsp. of the giardiniera mix. Smash the sandwich closed and open wide!

Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Graham Russell

By Graham Russell

Graham Russell is half of the outdoor cooking duo behind CookingWithCarrrl. A true pairing of Beauty (Carl) & the Beast (Graham) – CookingWithCarrrl combines humor with easy-to-follow charcoal grilled/smoked recipes that the family will be sure to devour. Cooking with charcoal can be intimidating, but we are here to show you any dog can learn a new trick. Graham currently resides in Northeast, Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and dog, Carl.

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