Friday, October 19, 2012

Bill's Hot Beef Sandwiches #CrockPot Challenge Day 5

..... may I have a drum roll please..........

I'd like to present.... my most favorite Crock Pot recipe of all's a knock off of a beloved local restaurant in Stevens Point...... Bill's Pizza..... it's their Hot Beef Sandwich!  Boy is it tasty!  And WOW is it simple!!!

For years, we were ordering Hot Beef Sandwiches from Bill's. They aren't horribly expensive, but at about $6.00 each, they do add up over time.  Plus, remember the theme of my blog-- from Fast Food to Fresh Food.  We're really trying to eat less take out food.  One of the goals in our house was to take some of our restaurant favorites and make them at home.  Bill's Hot Beef was on that list.

I can't believe how simple it is-- you don't even need to write it down.  Here it is-- Meat. Pickle Juice. Cayenne.  Yep. That's it! How crazy is that?

  • 4 - 5 pounds of chuck roast
  • 2 jars of Clausen kosher dill pickles
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cayenne


Place meat in a crock pot that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Dump the juice from the pickles over the meat.  (refrigerate remaining pickles to eat later) Add the cayenne to taste- more if you like it spicier.  Cook on Low for 9-10 hours or until the meat is fork tender.  Remove the meat from the crock pot and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Using a fork, shred the meat and return it to the crock pot so that it re-heats and soaks in the liquid.  When serving, use a slotted spoon to remove individual portions of meat directly from the crock pot and onto french bread or hoagie rolls.  Spoon out a little of the juice onto the sandwiches as well.  If you like, you can also melt some cheese on top of your meat, but we like ours plain.

Hot Beef that's been shredded and added back into the juices to re-heat-- so yummy!

Well, now is your last chance to stop by my fellow blogger's pages to see what they have cooked up for this year's Crock Pot challenge.  It's been really fun, and I'm so glad that I have more recipes to try out in my crock pot.  Thanks, ladies!  It's been really fun!

Tammi at Momma's Meals has Ranch House Pork Chops In the Crock
Sarah at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is making Tammi's Sweet and Tangy Ribs
Laura at Small Wallet Big Appetite is cooking Crockpot Rotisserie Style Chicken

Wait, wait-- there's more!!!!

You may remember from the last two posts that there is a CROCK POT GIVE-AWAY!!!!  How cool is that?  To enter the give-away that Tammi at Momma's Meals is sponsoring, please visit her site by clicking HERE and look for the rules.  Good Luck to everyone!



  1. What a great dish to end the week on. I love recreating our favourite dishes from restaurants, helps make the choice of not eating out even easier. :)

  2. Wow looks great, love the simplicity. I'm always looking for different beef crockpot recipes.

  3. I would have never thought to use pickle juice in a crockpot recipe. I have to try this out!

  4. Melanie what a fabulous idea with the pickle juice! I love it!! We are a huge sandwich family over here, thanks for sharing! Also, thank you so much for joining the challenge and being patient with me! I hope to have you for the next one! Luckily we can stay in touch through #SS!!

  5. There is a Bill's Pizza in the Chicagoland are too. I wonder if it's the same chain? I suppose there are more than one Bill who opened up a pizza joint. I am loving this recipe. I bet it was just juicy as can be. It was a pleasure cooking along side you virtually my friend.

  6. stupid question but for someone who doesnt like pickles does that mean i wouldnt like this?

    1. It's not a stupid question. I think it depends on your dislike of pickles. We have a range of pickle dislike in my household, and everyone loves this recipe. Some of them choose to pick pickles off of things, but they aren't violently opposed to them. If you have an extreme dislike of all things pickle, then I'm not sure that this one is for you. If you're just a pickle picker, then you're good!

    2. I don't like dill pickles and I live in Stevens Point and I love his sandwiches. Sometimes they are very salty though. Is that from the pickle juice or do they add salt?