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Pot roast sliders a winner at Fourth of July parties

Pitmaster Pot Roast Sliders
Pitmaster Pot Roast Sliders

Looking for a winning recipe to make for a tailgating or Fourth of July party? Try barbecue-infused pot roast sliders.

This recipe from local pitmaster Joe Pearce, owner of Slap’s BBQ in KCK, won the KC Masterpiece Slow Cooker Challenge on Saturday. The contest, held at Walmart in Liberty, pitted Pearce against “Baron of BBQ” Paul Kirk.

The Kansas City pitmasters were challenged to come up with a simple one-pot recipe — just seven ingredients or less — that incorporates KC Masterpiece Kansas City Classic Sauce.

Pearce won over the crowd with his Pitmaster Pot Roast Sliders, which get tender texture and deep flavor from a six- to eight-hour stint in a slow cooker. Pearce’s prize: $2,500 and a golden trophy in the shape of (what else?) a slow cooker.

You won’t get a trophy for making these sliders at home — but you’ll definitely win compliments. Just don’t forget the napkins.

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Pitmaster Pot Roast Sliders

Makes 12-16 sliders

1 3- to 6-pound chuck roast

1 1-ounce package Au Jus powder

1 1-ounce package Hidden Valley Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix

1 stick butter

1 16-ounce jar banana peppers, with liquid

1 21-ounce bottle KC Masterpiece Kansas City Classic sauce

Pretzel slider buns

Place the chuck roast in the bowl of a slow cooker. Add Au Jus powder, ranch seasoning, butter and banana peppers. Cover the pot and cook on the low setting for 6 to 8 hours.

Drain half of the liquid from the slow cooker. Use tongs to shred the meat. Add half the bottle of the barbecue sauce to the meat and stir to combine.

Spoon pulled pot roast onto slider buns and top with a few banana peppers. Serve with remaining sauce alongside, if desired.

Source: Joe Pearce of Squeal Like a Pig BBQ for the KC Masterpiece Slow Cooker Challenge.