8 hours 10 min serves 6-8

J.P. Graziano Italian Beef

The mighty Italian Beef is far and away Chicago’s favorite sandwich. Whether you order it dry, wet, dipped, or as a combo you can’t go wrong with piles of seasoned shredded beef on a roll that begins falling apart the moment you touch it. But, let’s say you don’t live within driving distance of a Portillo’s or Al’s? Not to worry, this easy make-at-home kit from the good folks at J.P. Graziano Grocery has everything you need to make Italian Beef at home. Just add some Pre 100% grass fed and finished chuck roast and you’re good to go!



  • 4 Pre Chuck Roasts
  • 1 JPG Chicago Beef Kit (1 bottle of Mezzo Giardiniera and 1 bottle of Italian Beef Seasoning)
  • 4 Cups Beef Broth
  • 6 French Rolls (hinged)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Strainer
  • Slow Cooker
  1. Bring beef stock and the entire contents of the Italian Beef Seasoning to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. While that’s heating up, cut your chuck roasts into quarters. Add oil to a hot skillet and brown the chunks of chuck (about 2-3 minutes).
  3. Drain the bottle of Mezzo Giardiniera through a strainer and reserve the oil (great for dipping bread or frying an egg).
  4. Once the meat has been browned add it to your slow cooker and top with the drained giardiniera and the boiling broth. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. After 8 hours in the slow cooker shred the chunks of beef using two forks. Using tongs or a slotted spoon generously pile the shredded beef onto the french rolls and serve according to the following preferences:
Dry: Let all the juice fully drain from the beef before putting it on the roll.
Wet: Don’t let the juice drain and serve a little soggy.
Dipped: After you’ve made the sandwich, dip the entire thing back in the juice using a pair of tongs.
Combo: Add a cooked Italian sausage to the roll before piling beef on top
Gravy Bread: Don’t add beef at all and just dip a roll into the juice

      Optional: Top any sandwich with some extra hot or mild giardiniera or mozzarella cheese.
      Made with Pre©

      Chuck Roast - 8 Pack

      • 21g

      • 11%

        Less fat*
      • Chuck Roast - 8 Pack
      • 202mg

      • 112mg

        Omega 3s

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      *vs. USDA Data for Choice Chuck Roast


      Amount per 100g

      Nutrition is approximate, data retrieved from happyforks.com

      Recipe developed by   J.P. Graziano