Slow-Cooked Barbecued Beef Sandwiches Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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Chuck roast makes delicious shredded beef sandwiches after simmering in a rich, homemade sauce all day. The meat is tender and juicy and takes minutes to prepare for a weeknight dinner or potluck. —Tatina Smith, San Angelo, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 sandwich buns, split
  • Sliced onions, dill pickles and pickled jalapenos, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 458 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1052mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. Cut roast in half and place in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, liquid smoke if desired and seasonings. Pour over beef.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking liquid.
  3. Shred beef with two forks; return to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until heated through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup on each bun. Serve with onions, pickles and jalapenos if desired.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth / water if necessary.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Beef Sandwiches in Country Woman August/September 2009, p38

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Barbara from AZ User ID: 8930690 253906
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Wonderful recipe! I place two onions, sliced, in the bottom of the crock pot before I put the meat in. I also use about 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of ketchup. Makes great sandwiches served alongside coleslaw and beans. A real keeper!"

DD75 User ID: 8891963 250299
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Great recipe. I put ketchup, mayo and pickles on my sandwiches...they were fantastic."

chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 245654
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Really tasty. I would do it again."

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 243779
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Love the BBQ sauce for this. I've used it for both beef and pork."

firemoongypsy User ID: 8130424 237772
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I used Stubb's Sticky Sweet and added jalapenos and onions and some fresh garlic. Super good."

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 233335
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"very good. Met expectations. Next time will add some spice (maybe cayenne) as it was a bit mild for our tastes.Slow cooking is a wonderful thing in some cases, and this is one of them!"

Julia Kristine User ID: 5293668 232981
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"This was delicious, my meat was just a smidge under 3 lbs rather than over, did it exactly as written in recipe, served on rolls, my husband put Mancini mild Giardiniera on his, kind of a mixture of onions, peppers, carrots etc. Made enough for 4-6 people, I froze some and put some aside for a lunch for husband. Coleslaw may have made a nice addition, like with pulled pork. Let meat cool, put disposable gloves on and shred away, easier than fork, you can pull all the fat off, chuck tends to be tasty, but fatty. Messy to eat was my only complaint."

lucretiawebb User ID: 3028461 232698
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Husband approved....I didn't use the liquid smoke, didn't have Dijon mustard, used regular mustard, added a little chopped onion,,,,very good."

ktype User ID: 4188985 232551
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"This was a hit! I used spicy ketchup to give it a little kick."

KTMJ User ID: 7417335 232335
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Big hit with family. Both husband and son gave it a thumbs up! Did not use mustard - hate it! Or liquid smoke. Very good."

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