Barbecued Beef on Buns Recipe
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Barbecued Beef on Buns Recipe

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My mother-in-law gave this recipe to me, and my family loves it. I like to serve it at buffet meals when company comes over.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:15-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 15-20 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Water
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Few drops hot pepper sauce
  • Hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 153 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Place beef, onion and celery in a Dutch oven; add water to almost cover meat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; strain and reserve cooking liquid. Trim and shred meat; return to Dutch oven. Add 2 cups of strained cooking liquid (save remaining cooking liquid) and chill. Skim and discard fat. Add ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If mixture becomes too thick, add additional reserved cooking liquid. Serve on hamburger buns. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Beef on Buns in Country June/July 1993, p51

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Jenisl User ID: 6929561 247243
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"This was great as is. I'll definitely make it again."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 25928
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"I simmered it for 3 hours and it wasn't tender and didn't fall apart easily. I recommend cooking a bit longer. Sauce was great, would make again."

fairfax55 User ID: 5181280 7397
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This is the best barbecue. Everyone in my familey just love it. My husbunds friends always say boy that smells good. (their way of hinting) so ofcourse I fix them a sandwich."

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