How to Make Fork Tender London Broil Mississippi Roast


London broil CAN be fork tender, succulent, and delicious with the right ingredients and a few simple cooking instructions. Give it a try; it may become your new favorite cut of meat!

Fork Tender London Broil Roast

This London broil Mississippi roast is one of my family’s absolute favorite meals. I made this a few days ago and decided to share it on the blog. Even though I’ve shared how to make Mississippi roast in a slow cooker and Instant Pot here, this London Broil method is done entirely differently.

Why I Started Using London Broil for Roast

My friend Deb (read about her and her fabulous art in this post) got me hooked on London Broil. After arguing with her that London Broil was NOT the cut of meat to use for roast, I ate some at her house one day. It was FAB!!! I immediately went and bought a London Broil, made it with my Mississippi roast recipe, and haven’t looked back. 

Can you make London Broil using other pot roast recipes?

I am obsessed with Mississippi roast and have only made London Broil this way. Deb makes another version that also works. The KEY is long, low, and slow (with liquid to braise).

Can London Broil be tender?

Absolutely! This method of cooking the meat ensures it will be fall-apart tender. The whole point of this cooking method is to take a not-so-tender piece of meat and make it SO delicious and tender. The process of marinating and slow-cooking help to ensure this meat won’t be tough and will be fork-tender! You can’t cook this London broil like any chuck roast, it needs some more special steps to help tenderize it.

Do you have to use a speckled roaster?

I’ve only made this with my speckled roaster and my Dutch enamel (like a Le Creuset). Both have lids and are just large enough to fit the roast and vegetables (if used). The speckled pan is my favorite. These roasters have stood the test of time, cost next to nothing, and turned out perfect meals every time. My speckled pot is pictured and linked, below. I have a small one (for roasting) and a larger one (for larger birds). I use the small for the roast.

What seasonings do I use for London Broil?

The seasoning I use to flavor this London Broil help to elevate the flavors and make this dish SO delicious. I use one packet of ranch dressing mix to add to the meat, and it adds so much yummy flavor. I also add one packet of au jus gravy mix. Adding these seasoning packets makes it super easy to keep this dish uncomplicated and still savory and yummy.

Why do I brown the London Broil before roasting?

Searing the meat before adding it to the slow cooker helps to lock in flavor and juices into the meat. Trust me, you aren’t going to want to skip this step, it adds so much value to this dish!

London Broil Is Usually Not Used for Pot Roast

London Broil is a cut of beef not typically used for pot roast because it has very little fat and tends to be a tougher cut of meat. Chuck roast and English (shoulder) roast are more common picks for pot roast. But with the right techniques, London broil can make a fabulous, fork tender roast (and that is what you’ll get with this recipe).

fork tender London broil roast

Will London broil shred in pot roast?

Absolutely! Cooking it like how I have outlined in this recipe will help your London Broil to be fall-apart-tender and make it super easy to shred up and serve with veggies. Avoid cooking London broil like a typical pot roast, if you do that is likely your meat will not be very tender and will not shred the way you want it to.

My Secrets to Making London Broil Fall Apart Tender:

For this recipe, I have a few secrets to making the London Broil cut of beef fall apart tender. Here goes:

  • Browning the roast on all sides prior to placing in the oven.
  • Adding enough liquid to braise the roast during cooking (and keep it moist and tender).
  • Adding fat (drippings from browning; butter in the recipe)
  • Cooking long (6-8 hours) and low (225 – 250 F).
  • Cooking the roast in my beloved speckled pan (lid on).
  • Letting the cooked roast “rest” in the pan, uncovered, for up to two hours.

fork tender London broil roast

How long do you cook London broil to make it fork tender?

For a 3-4 pound London Broil, it will take roughly 7 hours at a lower temp (225-250 F). Increase baking time for larger roasts, and allow extra time for “sitting” after cooking.

In the video below, I share how I make the roast and what it looks like when it is completely done. You can see that it truly is “fork tender.”

How do you cook the potatoes and carrots that are in the photo?

The way I cooked the ones in this photo were my easy method. I put the carrots and potatoes in Ziploc zip and steam bags (each in separate bags); I cooked them about 1 minute less than the bag specified. Then I tossed them into the roast to finish cooking and absorb the flavorful au jus.

I am so glad that my friend Debra got me “hooked on” this cut of meat. If you make London broil Mississippi roast, please leave your thoughts/opinions in the comments. I try to reply quickly to everyone who posts!

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If you like this roast recipe, check out these recipes too:

Fork Tender London Broil Roast

How to Make Fork Tender London Broil Mississippi Roast

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 7 seconds
Additional Time: 2 hours 1 second
Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes 8 seconds

The easy way to make fall apart London broil Mississippi roast.


  • 3-4 pound London Broil
  • 2 TB oil
  • 1 stick butter (cut into strips)
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • 1/2 jar Greek pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 jar juice (from peppers)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups beef broth


  1. Heat oil to medium-hot; add London broil.
  2. Brown all sides; save drippings.
  3. Transfer meat to a roaster.
  4. Sprinkle both seasonings over roast.
  5. Place butter on top of roast.
  6. Scatter peppers over roast/in pan.
  7. Pour half of pepper juice over the roast.
  8. Pour beef broth into the roaster.
  9. Cover the roast; place in 300 F oven for 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes, reduce heat to 225-250 F.
  11. Bake 7-9 hours; longer for larger cuts.
  12. Check roast after 6-7 hours (you'll start to smell it). If fork tender, cut off oven and leave roast alone for a few more hours. If not, continue cooking until fork tender.
  13. Steam potatoes and carrots and add to roast (submerge in juice) about 2 hours before roast is done.

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  1. HiKevin! I just check the roast after about 4-5 hours. When it is “fork tender” it is done!!! That is my test of doneness rather than timing. Hope this helps!

  2. How should I adjust cooking time if my cut of beef is smaller? I have a London broil that’s only two pounds. I’m hoping someone sees this and responds in the next 12 hours or so. I’d like to fix this tomorrow; and I find so much conflicting information elsewhere online. I really want to prepare it using your recipe.

  3. Hi Linda!! I have only made this with peppers, but you could definitely leave them out if you are averse. Maybe just do potatoes and carrots! You probably won’t miss thing!!

  4. Not fatty; not a lot of prep, therefore comes together quickly, other than cooking time. Very tasty!

  5. Hi Meredith!!! I let mine sit an hour or two out of the oven!!! It gets settled with juices and also easier to handle when you get ready to chop it into pieces!!! Enjoy!!!

  6. Hi Jamie…..QUESTION: in step 12, if roast is tender and you cut off oven, do you leave roast to “rest” in OVEN covered for 2 hours or do you take it out of oven and let it “rest” for 2 hours? Thanks! Going to try this…can’t wait! Your recipes are always great! Living in the South, my mom and grandmothers all had speckled roasters….I have one also and, yes, various cast iron pots and pans!!! Love!

  7. My sister made this London broil from a 4H club steer we bought at the fair last summer. OMG! I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was tender and delicious. The best Ever!

  8. Nancy, I am SO happy you love it!!! And isn’t the speckled pan fabulous? It is proof positive (along with the cast-iron skillet) that our Grandmothers knew best:-) XoXo

  9. I made this yesterday and it was fantastic! Might have to call mine South Carolina instead of Mississippi because I didn’t have pepperoncini peppers but did everything else exactly as you said – including the speckled pan! This is a keeper!! Thanks so much.

  10. I am so happy it turned out well for you, Cindi! It truly is one of our favorite cuts of roast now that I know how to cook it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you!!

  11. This is the best London Broil I have ever made. It’s super easy to make and my family loves it…bonus all the way around! So glad I discovered this and can not wait to try more of your recipes. Love adding great meals to my arsenal! Thank you!

  12. This roast is delicious! My whole family loved it! Recipe is easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  13. This roast is delicious! The whole family loved it!
    Recipe is easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Hi Danielle, yes absolutely!!! Just follow the recipe up to the point of putting in the cooking piece. Be sure to brown/sear first. Make sure there is a lid on whatever you use. It should work just fine!!!

  15. Are you able to use a crock pot if you don’t have the roasting pan available? Or Corningware? Thank you!

  16. Great recipe, delicious, easy. Peppers add a nice flavor. Down sized recipe for 1 lb roast. Cooked in my small crock pot on high to get it started then low for 6 hrs. Serving it tonight. I’m sure sitting over night in refrig can only add to it !!

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