Sweet & Savory Slow-Cooked Beef Recipe
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Sweet & Savory Slow-Cooked Beef Recipe

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There’s plenty of sweet and a little heat from the chipotle pepper in this family-friendly shredded beef. Add your favorite barbecue sauce or stir things up each time you make it by varying the flavor to see which way you like it best. —David Kleiman, New Bedford, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 beef top round roast (4 pounds)
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 onion rolls, split


  1. Cut roast in half; place in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the barbecue sauce, water, brown sugar, chipotle pepper, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, soy sauce and seasonings. Pour over meat.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast and cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred meat with two forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. Serve on rolls. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Sweet & Savory Slow-Cooked Beef in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p12

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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

Keeper. Used crushed garlic, celery seed and left out the seasoning salt to keep the salt down.

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

We're not into spicy, so we use chopped green and/or sweet red pepper. Also leave out celery salt, use bits of celery instead. Very, very good!

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

Delicious ! The sauce is so yummy, My family really enjoyed the flavor. We don't like spicy so I used 1/2 a pepper and tweaked the measurements of some of the ingredients to suit our taste. Just taste as you go along. Def a keeper!

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

Great flavor and really simple to make. Sweet and Savory Slow-Cooked Beef is a 100% keeper!

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

out of celery salt used garlic powder. very good!

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