Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts

Because melted cheese on shredded beef. The end.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

(Minus Aaron’s sad, soulless cheese-less versions. We’re learning to forgive him, right? Eh, we’ll try later.)

I think a proper year needs a proper slow-cooker start, don’t ya think?! (<–name that movie, but with different words. like kite and tail.) A start that involves a massive hunk of beef that sits in a pot for a hundred hours in a mix of ranch seasoning and dried onion seasoning and beef broth and onions and garlic and only a small chunk of your blistering soul. Indeed, I say.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

Now, this is beefy. Really, really beefy. But I think we can agree this was the right step in life for January grub.

And – listen to this! I tried this recipe three times before deciding on the cut of beef. The first time was with TJ’s tri-tip. While I liked it, it didn’t make me want to punch it with my mouth.

So then I tried a basic chuck roast. Which was fine! Sure, sure. But it didn’t make me want to walk down the aisle with it.

So, I asked my butcher about the meats, and sheee said, “Oh, girl – bottom round all the way.” To which I gasped, “Bite your tongue!,” and then realized she was talking about the beef.

Bottom round it was!

I’m talking about the beef.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

Look at that. The shreds make me weepy. The flavor makes me stabby. The texture makes me straight psycho.

It is goooood. 

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

And then I made a cheesy sandwich out of them with a mayo-worchestershire spread and melted provolone on a toasted hoagie? HOW DARE ME. I love me.

(also, I was battling a gloomy day and a dying camera battery, so pardon the inconsistent photo vibes. I’m having a talk with Mama Nay Nay later.)

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

I reaaaaally hope you give these a go. Maybe on football Sunday? Dudes will freaking FREAK.

And I haven’t even talked about the au jus. Omg. The beef will release a bunk ton of juices during the slow cooking, but I wanted more. For dipping. Of course. So I added a cup of beef stock in the very beginning and I’ll never regret it.

Add some arugula! I liked the bitter greens on top of the beef, but do whatever makes you sing like a cartoon character in an open window sill with a bunch of birds flitting around an apple pie.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts / Bev Cooks

January grub = all the beefs.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts
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  • 3 pound beef bottom roast, trimmed of any excess fat
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of beef stock
  • 1 (1.25 oz) packet Ranch seasoning
  • 1 (1.25 oz) packet dried onion soup mix
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2-3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
  • 8 hoagie buns, split
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 2-3 cups of baby arugula


  1. To a slow cooker, add the beef, onion, garlic, stock, seasonings, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove the beef from the pot and shred with two forks.
  2. Mix the mayo and Worcestershire sauce together in a little bowl. Spread the sauce on the bottom halves of each hoagie bun. Top with a good mound of shredded beef, followed by a slice of provolone cheese. If you need to tear the provolone in half to make it fit, you’re still a good person.
  3. Broil the sandwiches until the cheese has melted and the top buns are toasted. Don’t walk away! It happens very fast, and you’ll be peeved if you burn the hoagies.
  4. Top each sandwich with the arugula and serve with the au jus. (For dipping.) (praises.)
  5. Makes 8 sandwiches. GET IN THAT.

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And the dipping.

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12 Responses to Slow Cooker Roast Beef Melts

  1. Rachele January 10, 2017 at 8:54 am #
    Aw gee whiz, Bev, do we HAVE TO see Aaron's food without cheese? It bums me to the core. I know he's part of your family, etc. and i guess he would feel bad if his food was totally left out, but for the love of Gouda can't his souless, cheeseless food at least be in the bokeh or something? It's a good thing he has amazing hair! ;-)
    • Bev Weidner January 10, 2017 at 11:36 am #
      Let's start a band called Left in the Bokeh!
      • Rachele January 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm #
        Love it! I'm all in!
  2. Susan January 11, 2017 at 10:11 am #
    Made this last night and it was delish!
  3. Terri January 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm #
    Oh Bev- you make laugh, and a girl can use a good laugh in the dulls of Jan.!! This no cheese thing with Aaron...NOT a laughing matter. Maybe hypnosis??
  4. Jennifer hoscheit January 13, 2017 at 8:10 am #
    I'm making this tonight! Only our slow cooker broke earlier this week so Dutch oven in the oven method it is. I cannot wait, like, I wish they were already for breakfast right now!
  5. Mary Callan January 13, 2017 at 7:14 pm #
    Yum! this is going to make everyone happy :)
  6. Stacey Rodriguez January 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm #
    Uh made this tonight for dinner and it is PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE GOOD!! My husband ate it. My toddlers ate it. They're all currently singing my (your) praises. Thank you for your work of genius!
    • Bev Weidner January 22, 2017 at 8:14 am #
      You've made my day! Thaaaank you for letting me know how it turned out. So glad you all liked it!


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