Mile High Shredded Beef Recipe
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Mile High Shredded Beef Recipe

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This tender beef has become a tasty tradition when I cook for our harvest crews and for neighboring ranchers who come to help us sort our cattle. Those hungry folks have been a good testing ground for recipes. They let me know if a new one I try is a "keeper". -Betty Sitzman, Wray, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 12 to 15 Hoagie Buns


  1. Place the roast in a Dutch oven; add broth, onion and celery. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast and cool slightly; shred meat with two forks. Strain vegetables and set aside. Skim fat from cooking liquid and reserve 1-1/2 cups. Return the meat, vegetables and reserved cooking liquid to the pan.
  3. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaf, garlic powder, paprika and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve beef on buns. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Mile High Shredded Beef in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p31

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"Has anyone tried making this in a slow cooker?"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Excellent recipe! I followed it exactly as it said and it tasted wonderful. Even my picky husband who makes his own BBQ sauce loved it and said it was the best sandwich he's ever had. Thank you!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"First time trying this...I was missing the paprika and hot sauce for starters. I added cilantro to it and some peppercorns while it cooked. The flavor is unbelievable and the meat is melt in your mouth tender. I will use this recipe again."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"There were no leftovers!!!!!! Everyone loved them!!! I did not change anything."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"I haven't found anyone who doesn't like this recipe. I make it a 2 day meal. I cook the meat and refrigerate overnight. Then I skim the fat - shred the beef and cook the sauce. Add sauce and its ready. Simple for company and a great switch from pulled pork. Sometimes I serve both."

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