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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sevyjj User ID: 3727756 123226
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."

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 87404
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Super yummy! Great flavor and very tender."

s_pants User ID: 174050 133664
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."

sburk2112 User ID: 2761170 84548
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

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

tjmocker User ID: 2368259 53946
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"VERY GOOD!!!!!!!"

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