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Mississippi Pot Roast

This Mississippi Pot Roast is easy to make in the Crock Pot, Instant Pot, or the Oven! Learn how to prepare a delicious brown gravy with the drippings at the end and serve it with potatoes and carrots for a truly comforting family meal.

Mississippi Pot Roast on a white plate with carrots, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Mississippi Pot Roast

This recipe is so near and dear to my heart, I make this every single time my in-laws visit us, it’s the definition of cozy and it’s so easy to make and serve with a side of mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. 

If preferred, you can cook the potatoes and carrots right in the oven or crock pot with the pot roast! I have lots of tips and tricks for this recipe- let’s get to it!

How to Make it

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. Oven and Instant Pot methods are outlined in the notes section of the recipe card. 

Crock Pot 

  • Sear the roast and transfer to the Crock Pot. (Optional, but adds a lot of nice texture and color.)
  • Sprinkle the Au Jus and Ranch Dressing Mix over the roast.
  • Top with cubed butter and pepperoncini peppers.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 5-6.
  • Carrots and Yukon gold potatoes can be added at the beginning of the cooking process as well.

Do You Have to Sear a Pot Roast Before Slow Cooking?

  • I highly recommend giving your pot roast a nice crispy sear on the outside. It gives it a really nice texture, color, and depth of flavor.
  • Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief searing Pot Roast prior to cooking it doesn’t help to lock in moisture. TheKitchn explains this in more detail. 

Best Cuts of Meat for Pot Roast

  • Chuck roasts (the best option)
  • Rump roasts (2nd best)
  • Bottom rounds (3rd best)

Pro Tips

  • The pepperoncini peppers don’t add any heat or make this spicy, they just add a bit of tang!
  • Be sure to use whole pepperoncini peppers so that they stay intact during cooking.
  • If preferred, you can halve the amount of butter and use 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth to keep things moist.
  • This is the Ranch Dressing Mix (affiliate) used for this recipe, I like to buy mine in bulk.


  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This meal does freeze and reheat well.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 6-quart Crock Pot. This is the size I have and I love it. You can also sear meat in the removable crock insert right on the Stove Top.
  • Gravy Boat– I have this one, it has a candle on the bottom that keeps the gravy warm!
  • Fat Separator– You’ll want one with a strainer on the top to catch any solids when you pour the gravy into it, and one that has a bottom release so you can dispense the gravy right into the gravy boat and easily leave out the fat.
  • Serving Platter– I love these!

Tender Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast with baby carrots on a white plate.

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Mississippi Pot Roast on a white plate with potatoes, gravy, and carrots.

Mississippi Pot Roast

4.97 from 51 ratings
This Mississippi Pot Roast is easy to make in the Crock Pot, Instant Pot, or the Oven! Learn how to prepare a delicious brown gravy with the drippings at the end for a truly comforting family meal.


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 lb. pot roast, see notes for best cuts
  • 1 oz. packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 oz. packet Au Jus mix
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 stick butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch


  • Note: See notes for Oven and Instant Pot Method

Crock Pot Method

  • Heat oil in a large pot or stove top friendly Crock Pot over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the roast for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to the Slow Cooker if needed.
  • Sprinkle the Au Jus and Ranch Dressing Mix over the roast.
  • Top with cubed butter and pepperoncini peppers. Add any carrots and/or baby red potatoes if desired.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 5-6. It will be very tender.
  • Place the roast on a plate and cover with foil. Leave the juices in the pot.
  • Turn the Crock pot on high and proceed to gravy instructions.

Make the Gravy

  • Combine 3 tablespoons cornstarch with 3 tablespoons COLD water. Whisk until well-combined and smooth.
  • Bring the meat juices to a boil. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling liquid, stirring continuously. Once it's all added, reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer until desired thickness is reached, then transfer to a serving container and serve.


Oven Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  • Heat oil in a 6 quart dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear roast for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle Au Jus and Ranch Dressing Mix over the roast. Top with cubed butter and pepperoncini peppers.
  • Bake, covered, for 7-8 hours.
  • For a quicker turnaround time: Wrap the roast in foil and place it in the Dutch oven with the lid on. Bake at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours.
  • Transfer the juices to a saucepan and proceed to gravy instructions.

Instant Pot
  • Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté Mode.
  • Brown the roast in olive oil for 5 minutes on each side, remove and set aside.
  • Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of low sodium beef broth or water. Run a silicone spatula along the bottom to release any brown bits.
  • Add the Roast back and sprinkle with the Au Jus and Ranch Dressing Mix. Top with cubed butter and pepperoncini peppers.
  • Set to Meat Mode and cook for 45 minutes. (Ensure the pressure valve is closed.)
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, then flip the quick release valve.
  • Remove the roast and cover it with foil to keep it warm.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sautee mode and make gravy as noted in recipe instructions.

Best Cuts of Meat for Pot Roast:
  • Chuck roasts- best choice
  • Rump roasts -second best
  • Bottom rounds- third best


Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 543mg, Potassium: 779mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 34IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 5mg
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191 comments on “Mississippi Pot Roast”

  1. I’ve made this and I love it. I was thinking about using the same idea for chicken breast. Thoughts?

  2. This recipe is a favorite of mine and my husband! It’s also one that is very easy to modify(I like cherry peppers instead of pepperoncini peppers) or add extra ingredients to if you like more veggies in your pot roast. It tends to also leave a lot of leftovers for the week. My husband says the gravy made with the juices from it is the best gravy ever!

    • I’m so happy your husband said that and you both enjoyed it Samantha! I agree, definitely an easy one to customize with your favorite veggies. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such great comments and a review!💗

  3. This is the tastiest pot roast I have ever eaten and my family loves it. YUM!

  4. Very easy to make and gives the plain ‘ol roast a little extra flavor! I was surprised how much juice was in the crockpot after 8 hours when you don’t add any liquid to start with! That said, the vegetables I added to the crockpot at the beginning of the process came out incredibly terribly salty! It was if they had absorbed all the sodium of those ranch and au jus packets…any suggestions? We really couldn’t even eat the carrots.

    • Hi Linn! That’s too bad, we always enjoy the carrots, I would maybe use more carrots next time, or add potatoes to the crock pot, or put the carrots in a makeshift foil packet in the crock pot.

    • This recipe is basic, simple & that’s what makes it good. You can get creative, experiment. I put the roast in & surround with the veggies. I pack them in so that meat is not moving. Then I ,carefully, pour the packets on top of the meat only. After that add water without disturbing or drowning the top of roast. Sometimes, I’ll smother the roast in a cream of …whatever(sounds funky fresh)… Campbell’s soup, before I add water. I don’t mix anything. I kinda pretend I’m a witch while I’m throwing whatever spices etc. that seem like they will add some flav’r. Throw the meat, gravy & some cheese on a sub roll. Pot roasts will never be the same. 

      • Yummm, you just made my mouth water reading those comments Wendy, especially serving it on a sub roll with cheese!😋 I’m so happy you’ve been experimenting a bit with it. Thanks so much for the great comments and review!

  5. This turned out extremely delicious. I don’t like pepperoncinis  however my boyfriend loves the addition to this and I have to admit I did too. I also added cajun seasoning to the mix.

    • I’m so happy to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed this pot roast Cheryl! I was never a big fan of pepperoncinis either but I love them in this recipe. They add such a nice flavor that goes perfectly with the roast. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!😃

  6. LAWD lady you know how to cook. I have gotten so many of my regularly served recipes from your site.

  7. This pot roast is the best ever. My picky eater wants this every Sunday dinner. And its so easy! Thank you 🙏

  8. This was delicious! My family loved it- so flavorful! I shredded the roast in the crockpot with all the juices and severed it over egg noodles. I skipped making the sauce at the end of the recipe. Can’t wait to make it again!! Thanks Stephanie

    • You’re very welcome Linda! I’m so happy your family enjoyed the Pot Roast! I made this for Christmas Eve Dinner this year and everyone loved it. Thanks so much for the great comment and review!❤️

  9. This was absolutely amazing. The gravy had such great flavor. I’ve loved every recipe that I’ve tried of yours. I can’t wait to try more!!

  10. I love cooking and at my 65 yrs I tried this recipe recently and now it is the only crock pot roast recipe I use!!!!   Delicious!!!!

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