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Italian Beef Steak

Jackie Ferguson
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Preparing the Giardiniera 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • Italian-style rolls

Chuck Roast

  • 3-4 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 64 oz beef stock, or enough to cover the roast
  • 2 onions, sliced in half
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1-2 TBSP salt, for seasoning the roast
  • 1 TBSP ground pepper, for seasoning the roast

Chicago Style Hot Giardiniera

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ cauliflower head, core removed and chopped into small bite sized pieces
  • 2 carrots, diced into small bite sized pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, diced into small bite sized pieces
  • 1 white onion, diced into small bite sized pieces
  • 2 jalapenos, diced finely
  • 1 drizzle EVOO
  • 1 pinch dried oregano


Preparing the Chuck Roast

  • Add all Chuck Roast ingredients to a dutch oven and cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hour. At the 2 hour point, turn the roast and bake for 2 more hours or until meat is very tender.

Preparing the Chicago Style Hot Giardiniera

  • In a medium saucepan, add the vinegar, sugar and salt and simmer for ~10 minutes on medium heat allowing the sugar to dissolve. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your veggies and add them to a large heat safe mixing bowl. Add the vinegar to the mixing bowl and place into your refrigerator and allow the veggies to pickle for a few hours.

Preparing the Sandwich

  • Once the chuck roast is done, add the chuck roast to a heat safe bowl and shred. Strain the au jus and add a ladle or two to the shredded beef.
  • Drizzle the pickled veggies with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of dried oregano and mix until well combined.
  • Slice your Italian-style rolls. If you prefer, toast your rolls slightly before adding the shredded beef.
  • Add the shredded beef to the roll and top with hot giardiniera
  • Slice the sandwich and serve with an au jus dipper for extra goodness, enjoy and cheers 🍻!
Keyword Beef Chili, Chicago Beef Sandwich, Chicago Beef Steak, Giardiniera