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Barbecued Beef on Buns

My mother-in-law gave this recipe to me, and my family loves it. I like to serve it at buffet meals when company comes over.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    15-20 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Water
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Few drops hot pepper sauce
  • Hamburger buns


  • Place beef, onion and celery in a Dutch oven; add water to almost cover meat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; strain and reserve cooking liquid. Trim and shred meat; return to Dutch oven. Add 2 cups of strained cooking liquid (save remaining cooking liquid) and chill. Skim and discard fat. Add ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If mixture becomes too thick, add additional reserved cooking liquid. Serve on hamburger buns.

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  • Linda
    May 2, 2020

    This is a family favorite. I cook the meat in the crockpot on low overnight to make sure it is tender. Then do the rest of the recipe in the pot on the stove.

  • Jenisl
    Apr 18, 2016

    This was great as is. I'll definitely make it again.

  • Kools01
    Aug 26, 2012

    I simmered it for 3 hours and it wasn't tender and didn't fall apart easily. I recommend cooking a bit longer. Sauce was great, would make again.

  • fairfax55
    Aug 11, 2010

    This is the best barbecue. Everyone in my familey just love it. My husbunds friends always say boy that smells good. (their way of hinting) so ofcourse I fix them a sandwich.

  • sanjoy
    Apr 15, 2007

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