Shredded Barbecued Beef Recipe
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Shredded Barbecued Beef Recipe

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Once family and friends have dug into this tender and tangy barbecued beef, you'll be making it again and again. It takes a little time to prepare, but it's well worth the effort for a picnic or dinner anytime. -Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 4 hours
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 4 hours
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 4 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 12 to 16 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 398 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 864 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in 1 tablespoon oil. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute onions in remaining oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients except rolls; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over roast. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours; turn the roast and bake for 2 more hours or until meat is very tender. Remove roast; shred with a fork and return to sauce. Serve on rolls. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Shredded Barbecued Beef in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p31

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"My brother who lives a couple hours away was driving up to visit this weekend. Made this with pepper poppers and threw them in the last half hour of cooking and it was the best friday dinner. I served it with a salad but next time I'm whipping up a batch of cilantro cole slaw so people can layer it on the sandwiches if they wish. A definite keeper!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Been making this since it was first printed in 1996 and it was the first thing I cooked for my husband when we were dating. He requested it be the meal I make for his family when we joined them for a beach week. Still on rotation at our house."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"love it!"

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"tried this when it came out in the magazine about 10 years ago and it has been a raving favorite since!"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"Very tasty! I loved it!"

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