Mississippi Roast (otherwise known as the roast that broke the internet) is a simple but unbelievably delicious pot roast recipe that originated in Ripley, Mississippi. Legend has it that Robin Chapman first created the now-viral one pot wonder back in the early ‘90s when trying to make roast beef a little more appetizing for her children. The popular recipe includes ingredients you might not think to combine but results in a silky, buttery pot roast perfect for a family meal, potluck or as next-day sandwiches.
The recipe for Mississippi pot roast, along with adaptations and variations, are all over the internet. Because our Pinterest feed is a never-ending barrage of appetizing roast, we gave into temptation and made our own version. Laurie in the test kitchen was quick to come up with a slow cooker recipe using ingredients we already had on hand, and you can make substitutions in your versions, too. After all, that’s how Robin Chapman turned an ordinary roast beef into an internet sensation.
The original Mississippi roast recipe uses pepperoncini peppers to add a kick of vinegary spice to the dish. We had a jar of hot banana peppers in the pantry, and we figured we’d try those instead. It also calls for a packet of au jus gravy mix, but we substituted with onion soup mix.
The nice thing about this rich roast is that it can be served a variety of ways - over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or on slider buns with extra peppers. It works as a weeknight meal, weekend feast or gameday party food. And it goes to show a little improvisation in the kitchen can turn an everyday recipe into an absolute hit.