Finally got this bad boy in the crockpot. Didn't have the Italian seasoning mix, so I used the online seasoning mix amounts and just that mix didn't taste right to me but I'm not going to waste it for sure. BUT after adding the extra onion & garlic powders with salt and pepper.......it brought it together enough to taste similar to an official Italian seasoning mix.
I used some banana pepper slices and a bit of the juice, cause that needed used up.......plus I had miscalculated the pinch of red pepper flakes, to a hefty pinch. Hopefully it'll be edible without burning a hole somewhere.
I was thinking the addition of the pepper juice, may be more to help tenderize the meat than adding much more flavor. Jarred peppers are usually pickled, which includes vinegar......but that's just my guess.
I have mental pictures of this flavorful, mildly spicy meat loaded onto toasty hoagie rolls, with slices of provolone all melted & gooey.........dang now I'm hungry and it just got started.