Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches Recipe
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Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches Recipe

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Since I prepare the beef for these robust sandwiches in the slow cooker, it's easy to fix a meal for a hungry bunch. The savory homemade sauce assures I come home with no leftovers. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:14-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 14-18 servings


  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds), trimmed and cut in half
  • 14 to 18 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 262 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Add roast. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 6-8 hours longer or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast; cool. Shred meat and return to sauce; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, fill each bun with about 1/2 cup of meat mixture. Yield: 14-18 servings.
Originally published as Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p33

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jones.patty User ID: 4299308 43424
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This recipe is totally awesome! I made this and put it on homemade hamburger buns and they were delish!"

Daffodils User ID: 4098759 19093
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"This recipe is AMAZING! So easy to prepare with wonderful results - tender, flavorful, and even delicious as left-overs."

KuipoBakes User ID: 6368493 18230
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"I used a spicy BBQ sauce and it was the perfect seasoning for my family, everyone had seconds!"

cboniface User ID: 5494606 15293
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"Very good. I used venison rather than beef."

fourliltadpoles User ID: 5999425 48693
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"I've made this recipe many times over the years and it is a family favorite. Incidentally, I got this recipe before there was a website."

BKMonti User ID: 5443791 21090
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"I got this recipe from my mom and love it! It lasts us through a dinner and couple of lunches. My husband and toddler son eat it up!"

malburg04 User ID: 4755531 75241
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Our family really liked this recipe, but I altered it a bit. I only added about 1/4 cup of water and I used venison cutlets instead of beef roast. If I had added any more water, I think the sauce would have been too thin to stick to any meat. We will definitely make this again!"

cookingfailure User ID: 4589729 43423
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I made this recipe for my family because we are always very busy. The slow cooker does all the work, and when we're ready to eat, all we have to do is load up a hamburger bun with the meat we want and enjoy. Cooking everything in the slow cooker makes clean up easy as well.

I've reviewed my experience with this recipe on my blog here, where I frequently feature my experiences making different ToH recipes."

karbauer User ID: 363727 21738
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"I just tried this recipe but cooked it stove top for a couple of hours. Came out terrific"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 19579
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"I also made this for my family for many years!"

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