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Smoked Italian Beef for Sandwiches

fire it up

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Joined Feb 24, 2009
I love Italian beef sammies and after seeing some of the recent posts on here I had to smoke it up.
I used to make Italian beef all the time in the slow cooker but this will be the first time I try it smoked.

Great deal on a bottom round roast so I seasoned it with a pack of Italian salad dressing mix and let it set for a few hours. Overnight would have been better but this was another out shopping and get a good deal on meat so decide to smoke it kind of things.

I threw it in the smoker at about 225 over semi-heavy hickory for 2 hours. I also sliced some onions and placed them in a foil pan with about 2 cups beef broth underneath to catch any drippings and gather smoke flavor in the juice and onions.

While it was nearing the end of the 2 hours I boiled 3 cups beef broth (I like a lot of juice to dip in so I add 3 cups) with 2 packs of Italian dressing mix 1T pepper (I like a lot of pepper but you could go lighter) 2t oregano, 1t basil, 1t garlic powder, 1/2t salt and one bay leaf.

Pulled the meat off and tossed it in the slow cooker with smoked juices and beef broth mixture. Set the onions aside to use later. Set on low and cooked for 6 hours, 5 probably would have been better.

Sliced it up and it seemed dry but that isn't a real concern with this recipe just as long as it shreds easily, and it did.

Threw the onions back with the meat and back into the crockpot.

Let it cool enough to where I could put the crockpot in the fridge and cool overnight. The next day I skimmed the fat off the top, reheated and served on a roll with provolone, some of the smoked onions and hot peppers. And of course some juice for dipping.

It was so tender and delicious. I will never make it in a slow cooker without smoking again. The meat had a nice smoke flavor and the broth had a really nice smoke flavor throughout. I want to drink it in the morning. Like drinking coffee but tastes like a nice hot cup o' smoked goodness.

I hope you enjoy looking at my post even half as much as I enjoyed making, and eating it.

creative rock

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Joined Apr 21, 2008
I like the looks and sounds of that. I like my crockpot, but never smoked then used it... It is a must do for me. Great Q-View!

Thanks for sharing
aka Rocky


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Joined Apr 27, 2008
Nice! That's what I am having for dinner tonight.


Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 21, 2007
Congrats on some great looking Q.


Smoking Guru
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Joined Feb 3, 2009
Wow that looks good! I never tried a Italian beef sammie before but it's on the top of my list now.


Meat Mopper
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Joined Jul 4, 2006
Yum yum....good job and good idea. My wife makes'm great to the slow cooker but we've never thought of the combination!!!


Master of the Pit
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Joined Dec 15, 2007
Looks great! Thanks for the Qview.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jun 12, 2008
Real nice Fire.....like the looks of that sammie

bbq engineer

Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 26, 2009
Hey Fire...

I'm diggin' your Italian Sammie...sweet post,
for that one!


Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Jul 10, 2008
Looks awesome. I could definately go for a couple of those sandwiches.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Sep 22, 2008
Nice job!
I could go for one of those for breakfast.

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