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Shredded Beef Barbecue Recipe
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Shredded Beef Barbecue Recipe

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This beef roast simmers for hours in a homemade barbecue sauce, so it's very tender and easy to shred for sandwiches. The mixture freezes well, too. -Lori Bergquist of Wilton, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

One sandwich equals 313 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 688 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch


  1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a nonstick skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides over medium-high heat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine next 10 ingredients; pour over roast.
  2. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours. Remove meat; shred with two forks and return to slow cooker. Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each roll. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Shredded Beef Barbecue in Light & Tasty December/January 2004, p31

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"So, so, SO good! I ended up using a couple pork steaks since I was out of roasts, and they didn't disappoint! Shredded very nicely, I think I may omit the water next time as other reviewers mentioned doing, there was quite a bit of excess liquid. Otherwise, this was absolutely amazing! The house smelled great when I got home from work after this had sat in the slow cooker all day - it reminded me of grandma's house growing up, she must have used this recipe since I know she was a Taste of Home fan as well!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"I did not have time to brown the roast beforehand. Cooked all day and turned out fabulous - perfect bbq flavor for my family & they loved it! Very easy to shred. I did omit water, too."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"disappointing. did not really have much of a bbq flavor. it did shred nicely but we had to add bbq sauce to the sandwich to make it tasty."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"Very easy. Thanks for the tip to omit the water. This fit in my 3-qt slow cooker with room to spare. I don't see how it could feed 12 people, though - it's more like 6 servings."

Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This is tasty! I don't use any of the water called for in this recipe."

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