what cut of meat is italian beef made from

The cut of beef used for Italian beef is typically chuck roast. However, top sirloin, top round, or bottom round would also work well.

Last week I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends if they’d like to see a crock pot recipe on the blog this week. There were so many exclamation marks in the comments, which I took to mean, ‘heck yes!’ that I immediately started brainstorming.

Everyone knows crock pot recipes are a busy person’s best friend but many of them can be heavy and unappealing at times. While brainstorming a new and interesting crock pot combo I decided the recipe would have to meet the following criteria:

With the aforementioned criteria in mind, I settled on Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches. A mouthwatering, 5-ingredient flavor combo that has just the right amount of zip and zing!

Watch How to Make It!

Chuck roast is slow cooked for 10 hours in a mixture of pepperoncini peppers, Giardiniera, Italian dressing mix, and beef broth then shredded and served on a chewy hoagie bun with melted provolone cheese. Crazy (CRAZY) good, and did I mention that it’s made with just 5 ingredients?!

Ben was skeptical about eating the crock pot version of one of his favorite sandwiches, which is typically made with thinly sliced beef. “Oh…I’ve never heard of a shredded Italian beef sandwich before…” he said in a tone that I knew meant, I am definitely going to hate this.

But guess what? He didn’t! While I stood eating the shredded beef straight out of the crock pot like the refined woman that I am, he inhaled an entire sandwich in under 2 minutes. That is to say, this dish was a total hit!

Why This Recipe Works

  • This recipe requires four major components that must all work together: the roasted beef, the au jus, the perfect bun, and the giardiniera/ sweet bell peppers.
  • Slow roast large beef roasts and then shave it thin to cook back in the au jus adding flavor and juice to every piece of beef on the sandwich.
  • A combination of spicy and sweet peppers creates texture and additional flavors to complement the beef.
  • Large Heavy Bottom Pot (I used this ceramic Le Creuset pan)
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Knife & Cutting Board
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Whisk
  • Wire Rack & Small Baking Sheet (for dry brining)

What Cut Of Beef Do I Use For Italian Beef Sandwiches?

If you’re making Italian beef at home you have two main options for a beef roast:

  • Bottom Round Roast (preferred)
  • Top Round Roast

These two cuts are often used for making roast beef. While we cannot call this sandwich roast beef (that would be a crime), you are essentially following similar steps.

Choose a large, even-looking cut of beef. There won’t be much marbling but the roast should have a large fat cap. You can leave this one, but I prefer to trim it off so the thinly sliced cooked beef isn’t fatty when I go to make the sandwich.

what cut of meat is italian beef made from

The cut of beef used for Italian beef is typically chuck roast. However, top sirloin, top round, or bottom round would also work well.

FAQ

What is Portillo’s Italian beef made of?

Recreate Portillo’s Italian beef recipe in the comfort of your own home. It has thin-sliced slow-roasted chuck roast beef covered in a generous amount of rich savory beef gravy, and topped with sweet piquillo peppers.

What is the difference between roast beef and Italian beef?

While many different meat cuts make for a great roast beef sandwich, the leaner cuts, like top loin or round roast are the most common. On the other hand, Italian beef is typically made with chuck roast, the classic pot roast cut full of rich marbling fats.

What is the difference between French and Italian beef?

Technically, a French Dip is made with thinly sliced beef and braised in a broth or au jus while an Italian Beef is braised with lots of Italian herbs, spices and the pickled vegetables giving it a distinct tang that the French Dip doesn’t have.

What is the Chicago way Italian beef?

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. An Italian beef sandwich, originating in Chicago, is composed of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, simmered and served au jus on a long French roll.

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