#Comfort Cooking

Mississippi Pot Roast

May 08, 2019

Has anyone else been using an Instant Pot?  I bought a smaller one for myself, just to try it out.  It is great.  It's the only thing I use to boil eggs or cook rice.  Both the eggs and rice turn out perfect every time.  And the eggs peel like a dream.  There was just one problem with it - it wasn't big enough to really cook big meals in.  I hesitated getting a bigger one, because there's always that age-old problem, where am I going to store this.

Well, my sweet son and daughter-in-law got me one from Christmas.  I must say that thing has been put to use.  Most of my recipes come from Pinterest.  I had heard someone talk about a Mississippi Pot Roast, but I had never made one myself.  There are several recipes for it on Pinterest, so I just took the things that I liked - or in reality, whatever made it fast, easy, but still great tasting - and mashed up a couple of recipes.

This is now our very favorite roast.

5 pound chuck roast (I sometimes have to ask the butcher at Publix to cut one for me, because this is not a size that they always have out.)
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup Pepperoncini juice
1 envelope Ranch Dressing mix
1 envelope Au Jus Gravy mix
1/4 cup butter
6-8 Pepperoncinis
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute - Normal mode.  When it reads "Hot" add the oil and wait for the oil to heat up.  I always cut my roast in half - and then brown the meat.  Cook each piece on each side for about 5 minutes without turning.  If needed, add a bit more oil to the pot when searing the rest of the roast.
  • Remove the seared pieces on a plate.
  • Pour the beef broth and pepperoncini juice in the pot.  Deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Put the roast back in the pot.  Sprinkle the Ranch Dressing and Au Jus Gravy mix over the roast.
  • Slice up the butter and put it in the pot on the roast.  Add the pepperoncinis to the pot.

Cook at high pressure on manual for 90 minutes.  Do not allow the warming cycle to kick on.
Then use natural release for 15 minutes and switch to quick release.

Here is the problem when I want to share a recipe with you all - I forget to take a picture before we start eating.  In this case I had some friends from church over and they had already started fixing their plates.  I made them step away from the roast so I could take this picture.  This really is the BEST roast.  But don't just take my word for it.  Ask My Mr. B.  He has been known to ask for it twice in the same week.


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