Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches Recipe
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Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches Recipe

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These sweet and tangy barbecue beef sandwiches definitely live up to their name. Friends will want the recipe—they’re that good.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split
  • Dill pickle slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without pickles): 417 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, celery seed, paprika and pepper; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. When meat is cool enough to handle, shred with two forks. Return to slow cooker and stir in sauce mixture; heat through. Serve on rolls with pickle slices if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches in Simple & Delicious June/July 2011, p46

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cindylcan User ID: 8456616 250359
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"Restaurant quality! Super easy, delicious, and sauce is the bomb! I used a 3 lb chuck roast and reduced amount of ketchup to 3/4 c for our taste. Mine was cooked perfectly in 8 hrs on low. To me it was the "very best" bbq beef sandwich recipe I've made at home."

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 245091
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"This was delicious! Instead of boiling the cornstarch mixture, I removed the meat, shredded it and discarded any fat, then took a cup of the cooking liquid and whisked in two tablespoons of flour until smooth, then returned the mixture, along with the shredded meat to the crockpot. It thickened perfectly. Added a bit of kosher salt at the end to taste. I used a smaller roast and adjusted cooking time. My boys gobbled this up! Will definitely make again!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 243458
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"This was easy to make, but I'm not sure I would call it the "very best". The meat was tender, and the sauce was a good consistency, but the taste of the sauce was just average."

jaime1103 User ID: 4076548 186089
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"I really enjoyed this recipe. We made sandwiches and burritos with it, my kids loved it!"

monjean User ID: 5208108 118547
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"So good...the beef was so tender. The sauce was fabulous."

Hazel202 User ID: 5967328 180884
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"My friends and I made this over the weekend to feed a small gathering of friends before and after a concert. It not only made "the best" sandwiches but also served as a tasty dip for chips."

resalee User ID: 2666727 134108
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"easy to make, delicious to eat! I made it the day before guests arrived and reheated it in the slow cooker a few hours before they arrived. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Definately a keeper!"

SewItIs User ID: 53263 150947
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"This was delicious. I did add liquid smoke to the sauce. My roast was just over 3 lb. I did not pour all of the thickened sauce over the shredded beef."

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