Cajun Slow Cooker Pot Roast

When I make Cajun slow cooker pot roast I have only one goal in mind: making the perfect pot roast po boy sandwich. Yeah, I could slice it and serve it with mashed potatoes. Or something else. But for me, pile it up on a crusty roll with some creamy horseradish sauce, chopped lettuce, onion, and tomato and I’m not just sort of happy, I’m in heaven!
Cajun Slow Cooker Pot Roast

As simple as it is to make, this Cajun slow cooker pot roast is crazy full of flavor. And it’s so tender. And juicy. Oh, that juicy goodness. My mouth is watering just thinking back to my po boy. That sure was a mighty good sandwich.

Also try my slow cooker jalapeno pot roast.

Cajun Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast remove any extra fat
  • 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil divided
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/2 cup celery sliced
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 4 cloved garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine optional, can just add more broth or use water
  • 2 cups beef broth

Instructions

  • Rub the seasoning over the roast. Don't be shy with it.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat in a large pan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the carrots, celery and onion and saute until they just start to caramelize..
  • Add the garlic and saute another minute, stirring.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan and place in a slow cooker set to low. Add the remaining oil.
  • Add the chuck roast and sear well on all sides. Remove to the slow cooker.
  • De-glaze the pan with the red wine, scrapping up any bits that are stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the beef broth and reduce by 1/4th. Pour over meat and vegetables.
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 hours or until tender.
  • Carefully remove the meat and chop or slice as desired. I prefer to return the chopped or sliced meat to the slow cooker until I'm ready to use it.

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Pot Roast Sandwich

This is my take on the famous pot roast sandwich from the Hobnob Corner Restaurant in Nashville, Indiana. All of the food at the Hobnob is soooooo good, and their pot roast sandwich is no exception. It is insanely good. The pot roast is tender, herby, with a hint of wine, and juicy, while the creamy horseradish sauce adds just a little bite. Topped with caramelized onions, it’s the perfect sandwich.

Pot Roast SandwichI actually omitted the caramelized onions the first time I made this sandwich. It was still a great sandwich. As much as I used to not love horseradish I found it to be fantastic on this sandwich. It goes with the roast beef perfectly.

Pot Roast Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the caramelized onions

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions halved and sliced very thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Slather the bread with the horseradish sauce.
  • Add generous amounts of the pot roast.
  • Top with the cheese and place under the broiler long enough to melt the cheese.
  • Add onions and serve.
  • Note: If you have the juices leftover from making the pot roast, run it through a sieve and serve as a great dipping sauce.

For the caramelized onions:

  • Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat until foaming.
  • Add the onions and cook them until they are deep golden brown and caramelized, about 45 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before serving.