Shredded Barbecue Beef Recipe
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Shredded Barbecue Beef Recipe

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"I work for the Delaware Department of Transportation and prepare this simple dish during storm emergencies or for lunch get-togethers," reports field editor Jan Walls of Camden.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 12 sandwich rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 387 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 905mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein


  1. Combine the celery salt, garlic powder and onion powder; rub over brisket. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine liquid smoke if desired and hot pepper sauce; pour over brisket. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove beef and cool slightly. Discard all but 1/2 cup cooking juices; whisk barbecue sauce into cooking juices. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker and mix well. Heat through. Serve about 1/3 cup meat mixture on each roll. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
Originally published as Shredded Barbecue Beef in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p17

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Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"I will never use any other recipe. This is the *one I will use from now on. The aroma filled my entire house and I couldn't wait to try it! After trying my first bite-the flavor did not disappoint! I will never use another brisket recipe. So glad I found this. Thank you so much for sharing. All of my friends and family were raving the whole night."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Super yummy! Great flavor and very tender."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Love the flavor! I used 2 2-1/2 pound briskets that were thin cut (like a ham steak) and they cooked in about 4 hours. The BBQ coated the shreds, but it was not overly saturated with sauce. If you like a lot of sauce be sure to use a smaller brisket or more sauce."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This is WONDERFUL and easy to make. I make this when I have company over and everyone loves it !!!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"VERY GOOD!!!!!!!"

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