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BBQ Beef Sandwiches Recipe
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BBQ Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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After years of searching, I found a recipe for shredded barbecue beef that's a hit with all my family and friends. It's easy to freeze for future meals…if there's any left over. —Rebecca Rohland, Medford, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 14 sesame seed hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 354 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour ketchup mixture over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat and shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef on buns. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as BBQ Beef Sandwiches in Country Woman February/March 2009, p17

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 354 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I didn't cook mine in a slow cooker, but I did use the BBQ sauce recipe. The only thing I changed was I used 1 cup of regular ketchup and 1 cup of jalapeno ketchup and omitted the pepper flakes. I put everything in a pressure cooker for 1 1/2 hours. Came out delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Scrumptious! Easy and delicious :)"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"This recipe was delicious. The only adjustment I made was using brown sugar in place of the molasses since that is what I had on hand. This will be my go to BBQ beef recipe from now on! Thanks!"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Perfectly awesome! Everyone loved it from my 67 year old father in-law to my 2 year old. I wouldn't and didn't change a thing."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Here's how you make this a 5-star recipe; takes 2 days but worth it. I'm a pretty avid BBQ'er and this is my entire extended families' favorite. Brush olive oil over the entire chuck, and rub with kosher salt and ground pepper. Grill it (with chunks of mesquite or hickory for the best results) over indirect heat at 225 degrees until meat reaches 170 degrees (this will take most of a day). Remove, wrap in foil, and fill about halfway with beef broth. Return to grill and cook until meat reaches 205-210 degrees. Pull it off and let it rest for an hour. Drain and pull the beef. Combine with the sauce recipe above and cook in a crockpot for 4-6 hours. I usually cook the beef and mix with the sauce a day ahead, then cook in the crockpot before I want to serve it. If you don't have the time, you can grill indirect at 275 and it still works pretty well, but I love the slower cooked method. I recommend mixing the sauce with beef slowly to get the right consistency / ratio. Don't just assume the above amount of sauce will be perfect for a 3lb chuck."

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