A Year in HomeMaking: I am the Destroyer of Beef {Week 5}

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In the past year alone, I have destroyed three different cuts of beef; like the 3-4lb types of beef roasts. That’s like throwing $45 in the garbage. I get really discouraged when I find a highly rated recipe online, I follow it to a T, and it majorly fails.

My husband has been so gracious to me when this happens. He eats it anyway, and says, “just try again. Find a lady in church that has cooked a roast successfully and ask her for help.”

While having a conversation with Esme and Angie one evening, Esme heard my story of desperation concerning my ruined pot roast, and offered her no fail recipe.  I’m sorry, but at that point, I felt like I could ruin any beef recipe given to me. But, she reassured me that it was a super easy, set-it-and-forget-it, type of recipe.

I followed the recipe, and left the crock pot on for the whole 18 hours that Esme said to, and guess what?!?!  I WON!!  I finally made a beef that you didn’t need a lawnmower to cut through.  It was so wonderful, and sooo easy. I don’t know about you, but I love easy recipes that look like I slaved all day over it.

I don’t know how to cook, but I can follow recipes. And, I have a feeling that there are other young ladies out there just like me. So, I will post the recipe below just for you.  Older, more “seasoned” ladies, if you have a beef recipe that is no-fail, tried-and-true, I want to encourage you to share it below. I know that I need it, and I am sure that you would be blessing others at the same time.

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Crock Pot Italian Beef
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
18 hr
Total Time
18 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
18 hr
Total Time
18 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 3 1/2 to 4 lb Beef Roast (Top Round, Bottom Round, or Sirloin Tip)
  2. 1 - 6oz jar of Giardiniera, juice drained
  3. 1 - 6oz jar of Pepperoncini (optional)
  4. 1 - envelope of Good Season Zesty Italian Seasoning (I use whatever Italian seasoning I have handy)
  5. 1 - can of Beef Broth
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on LOW for 18 hours. I usually put it on the night before. In the morning, shred the beef so it can marinate the rest of the time.
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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