Recipes: Cracked Pepper Roast Beef

GrandMa Sandy’s Cracked Pepper Roast Beef

A perfect recipe to stick to your bones on a cold winters day. This roast dish has a French flair with the base being Aus Jus. You can make the sauce from scratch, or use Sandy’s option and purchase a package of McCormick Aus Jus.

Sandy preferred to make this roast in a pressure cooker. But through the years, she opted for an easier method and prepared this dish in a crock pot instead.

I recommend the crock pot as well. It’s less dangerous. If you’ve ever been around a pressure cooker that exploded, you’ll understand. Hmm, I wonder what happened to my Mom’s pressure cooker. I believe it went missing after an explosion incident, and that’s when the crock pot appeared.


Preparing the meal is fairly quick and easy.
Cooking however, will take 4 to 6 hours


  • Medium to large Roast
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ tsp of McCormick Cracked Pepper (do not add salt)
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ package McCormick Au Jus Gravy


  • In a large heavy pot, or a slow cooker, place the roast with a ½ cup of water. Cover with tightly fitted lid and cook on medium heat for 1 hour.
  • After an hour, add another ½ cup of water, Cracked Pepper, diced onion and celery
  • Prepare the Au Jus Gravy according to the directions on the package
  • Cover with tightly fitted lid
  • Cook for 4-6 hrs
    • In a pot on the stove, cook on medium heat
    • In a crock pot, cook on high heat
  • Once cooked, remove the roast to a deep dish serving dish
  • Using a ladle, pour some of the juice over the roast, including the added vegetables.


  • You can add any type of vegetable to your roast, such as diced carrots, slicked mushrooms or broccoli


  • Serve Hot
  • Serve with petite potatoes and your favorite vegetables

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