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Shredded Steak Sandwiches Recipe
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Shredded Steak Sandwiches Recipe

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"I received this recipe when I was a newlywed over 30 years ago, and it's been a favorite since then," writes Lee Deneau, Lansing, Michigan. "The saucy steak barbecue makes a quick meal served on sliced buns or even over rice, potatoes or buttered noodles."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 3 pounds beef top round steak, cut into large pieces
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 12 to 14 sandwich rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 321 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 1,029 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. Place meat in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add onions and celery. In a bowl, combine the ketchup, water, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, paprika, chili powder, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Pour over meat.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred meat with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and heat through. Serve on rolls. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Shredded Steak Sandwiches in Quick Cooking July/August 2004, p20

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 321 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 1,029 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"I followed this recipe exactly. I thought the flavor was ok. Edible but not delicious and I was disappointed. My biggest disappointment was how the meat cooked. I keep thinking that this possibly was supposed to be cooked on low, not high. The meat was overdone and I did it for 7 hours. I was surprised to see meat cooked on high for so long and might have been better on low but taste was still just ok."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"I just tried this recipe and thought it was quite good. I would make it again."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"No offense intended but i keep wondering if those chefs know how polluted the oceans are?"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2008

"According to my reading, every body needs a certain amt. of sodium. I am allergic to it so do not add any unless I bake a cake. Use it or not, it's up to your taste buds. All the chefs on the Food Network suggest using Kosher salt or Sea salt because it does not have the nasty chemicals in it. Stop belittleing recipes until you try them, not just read them."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2008

"I never add salt to anything I cook...I think it disguises the real flavor of the food and, as you said, other ingredients such as worcestershire and ketchup add enough. I've been on a low-sodium diet for 30 yrs and don't even go out to eat a lot because of the high sodium content of the foods you get at restaurants. Just leave out the salt and you'll never know it. If someone wants salt, let them add it at the table."

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