Roll up your sleeves and go in for the hunch. You will satisfy all of your cravings with these rich, savory, meaty, and easy Pulled Beef Cheesesteak Sandwiches. This one pot meal will have the entire family flocking to the table.
Cheesesteaks are a classic in all forms. Whether it’s Cheesesteak Rolls or this piled high sandwich, it’s always total comfort food. The first bite will already have you craving the next with its tender and juicy chunks of shredded beef.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy Process – This chuck roast almost cooks it self. All you have to do is sear it and then let the oven do the rest of the work. This is a great way to create luxurious and tender meat with a big cut of beef.
- Make Ahead – Feel free to make this as part of your meal prep and then use the shredded beef for both these sandwiches and any other place you’re use shredded chuck roast.
- Accessible Ingredients – There’s no need for anything fancy here. The chuck roast is the star of the show and everything else is the accent.
- Versatility – Make this recipe for the cheesesteaks, and then use the shredded beef for a multitude of different things.
If you’ve ever had Mississippi pot roast, this pulled chuck has a similar flavor profile. Pulled Beef Cheesesteak Sandwiches are bold, rich, decadent, and completely comforting.
- Chuck Roast – This large, muscular, and richly fatty cut of beef comes from the upper part of the ribs, shoulder, and neck of the cow. It is suited to low and slow cooking which helps break it down and transform it into meaty, tender bites.
- Banana Pepper Brine – So you used up all of the banana peppers for your salad and have that leftover brine. Just like it’s used in Mississippi pot roast, it adds acidity here as well. Not only just the bright, slightly spicy flavor cut through the richness of the beef but the acid also helps break it down and tenderize it.
- Seasoning – No need for anything fancy. Salt and pepper work just fine.
- Aromatics – Onions and garlic bring depth and savory flavor to every bite, infusing the braising liquid with flavor.
- Thyme – Adds woodsy, citrusy freshness that pairs well with beef.
- Liquid – A combination of beef stock and water makes the perfect braising liquid.
- Olive Oil – Helps sear the chuck roast, creating that flavorful crust.
How to Make Pulled Beef Cheesesteak Sandwiches
This cozy and comforting pulled beef recipe is a dish the entire family will love! The hardest part is the waiting and anticipation as it bubbles away in the oven, perfuming the entire house.
Time needed: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Rich and savory shredded chuck roast is piled high into toasted rolls, topped with your favorite cheese sauce.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat with the olive oil.
Pat your chuck roast dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Once your Dutch oven is hot add it into the pan. Allow the first side to sear, undisturbed, for about five minutes or until bronzed and brown. Flip it and allow the second side to sear.
Add the onions to the pan and allow them to sauté for a couple of minutes until tender and translucent.
Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling cover the Dutch oven.
Place the pot into the oven and allow the chuck roast to cook for 4-6 hours, depending on the size. It should easily shred with a fork. Allow it to cool enough to handle and then shred.
Toast your rolls. Pile the meat into the roll and top with your favorite cheese sauce.
How to Make This Recipe Gluten Free
These Philly cheesesteak sandwiches can easily be made gluten free. Simply toast up your favorite gluten free rolls and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
How to Make This Recipe Dairy Free
You can have your cheesesteak sandwiches, and keep it dairy free true! Simply use your favorite dairy free cheese sauce to top off these piled high pulled beef sandwiches. Brands such as Daiya have some great options.
How to Store Pulled Beef
Not only does this pulled beef make for great leftovers, but you can also freeze it making it perfect for meal prep. Allow it to cool completely. You can let it chill over night in the refrigerator if desired, making it easy to remove the excess fat as it hardens once chilled.
Once cooled transfer the shredded beef to either airtight containers or freezer safe bags. The refrigerated pulled beef will keep for up to five days while the frozen pulled beef will keep for up to three months. When ready to serve from frozen allow it to defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
Top Tip For Pulled Beef Cheesesteak Sandwiches
This is an easy recipe that anyone can make! This braised beef cooks for most of the time in the oven. However, don’t skip the step of braising your meat and sauteing your vegetables. There is flavor in that caramelized crust the meat develops as it sears. Leave it alone for those first five minutes. If you flip it too soon you risk simply steaming your meat.
Pulled Beef Cheesesteak Sandwiches
- 1 Dutch Oven
- 2.5-3 lbs chuck roast
- 1/2 cup banana pepper brine
- 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 onions, diced large
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 32 oz beef stock
- 2 cups water
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Pulled Beef Cheesesteaks
- toasted rolls
- cheese sauce of choice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat with the olive oil.
- Pat the chuck roast dry and season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.
- Add the chuck roast to the hot pan. Let the first side cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip it and allow the second side to cook another five minutes or until browned.
- Add the onions and allow them to cook until translucent.
- Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Cover the pot and carefully transfer it to the oven. Let it cook for 4-6 hours until it easily shred.
- Allow to cool enough to handle and then shred with a fork.
Shredded Beef Cheesesteaks
- Top your toasted rolls with the shredded beef. Drizzle cheese sauce over the top.