Barbecued Beef Roast Recipe

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Try this roast for baked-in barbecue flavor! My daughter makes it in the slow cooker and it turns out great that way, too. Leftovers? Shred and serve in buns. Luana Kempf-Ashley, North Dakota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
Healthy Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (3-1/2 pounds)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Stir in Liquid Smoke if desired. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; pour ketchup mixture over the top.
  2. Cover and bake at 325° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat to a serving platter and keep warm. Skim fat from pan juices and thicken juices if desired. Serve with beef. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Beef Roast in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p63

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"I made this substituting vinegar for the lemon juice (just didn't have any) and put it in the crock pot 8 hours on low instead of oven. Otherwise everything else was exactly as written. It turned out amazing, and it made the whole house smell so good.Thought we were at one of those expensive "roadhouse BBQ" places!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"I made this for my family for Super Bowl Sunday dinner. I had to use a rump roast because that was what was available. I don't think it mattered. I baked it too long (at least 3 hours) and it was dry. Plus the sauce that you put over the roast mostly disappeared and it didn't really flavor the meat that much. I think the crock pot method would improve the results. I'm going to shred the leftovers and toss them with BBQ sauce for Sloppy Joe's."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This roast was really tasty and tender. A big hit with my husband and kids."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This was outstanding. I cooked it in the slow cooker for seven hours and used all of the ingredients except the Liquid Smoke. Excellent! My husband and two boys all loved it. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"I ended up omitting the celery salt and the liquid smoke, but it was still absolutely delicious. I will make this recipe again!"

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