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BBQ Beef Sandwiches Recipe

BBQ Beef Sandwiches Recipe

After years of searching, I found a recipe for shredded barbecue beef that's a hit with all my family and friends. It's easy to freeze for future meals … if there's any left over. —Rebecca Rohland, Medford, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 14 sesame seed hamburger buns, split


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour ketchup mixture over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove meat and shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef on buns. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 354 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 805mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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Remenec User ID: 6059530 270111
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

"This recipe is tangy and flavorful! My family really liked it! I thought it was a tad on the sweet side, though. I would probably use a little less ketchup next time and maybe a touch of tomato paste to cut the sweetness. I'll definitely try this recipe again!"

kmk1955 User ID: 6482151 243572
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"I made this for a Super Bowl party and prepared the recipe as printed with the exception that I nearly doubled the amount of meat and did double the sauce. I tend to like a good ratio of sauce to meat and found the additional sauce thickened perfectly and provided the perfect amount. I provided a variety of slider size rolls and noticed some elected to pile it high on a plateful of tortilla chips. It was a hit and I will make this again without changing a thing."

crazysu User ID: 6386925 219664
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. My family loves it!"

ageidel1 User ID: 8205351 217365
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I didn't cook mine in a slow cooker, but I did use the BBQ sauce recipe. The only thing I changed was I used 1 cup of regular ketchup and 1 cup of jalapeno ketchup and omitted the pepper flakes. I put everything in a pressure cooker for 1 1/2 hours. Came out delicious!"

JenniferMomto3 User ID: 5618202 215682
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Scrumptious! easy and delicious :)"

Jenner6828 User ID: 3539327 110668
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"This recipe was delicious. The only adjustment I made was using brown sugar in place of the molasses since that is what I had on hand. This will be my go to BBQ beef recipe from now on! Thanks!"

tebrist User ID: 7185902 179702
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Perfectly awesome! Everyone loved it from my 67 year old father in-law to my 2 year old. I wouldn't and didn't change a thing."

mscoxpa User ID: 7455960 104095
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Here's how you make this a 5-star recipe; takes 2 days but worth it. I'm a pretty avid BBQ'er and this is my entire extended families' favorite. Brush olive oil over the entire chuck, and rub with kosher salt and ground pepper. Grill it (with chunks of mesquite or hickory for the best results) over indirect heat at 225 degrees until meat reaches 170 degrees (this will take most of a day). Remove, wrap in foil, and fill about halfway with beef broth. Return to grill and cook until meat reaches 205-210 degrees. Pull it off and let it rest for an hour. Drain and pull the beef. Combine with the sauce recipe above and cook in a crockpot for 4-6 hours. I usually cook the beef and mix with the sauce a day ahead, then cook in the crockpot before I want to serve it. If you don't have the time, you can grill indirect at 275 and it still works pretty well, but I love the slower cooked method. I recommend mixing the sauce with beef slowly to get the right consistency / ratio. Don't just assume the above amount of sauce will be perfect for a 3lb chuck."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 143262
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"This recipe was nice and easy, but we didn't love it. If I were to make it again, I'd double the sauce. I'd also trim the meat a little more to cut down on fat to drain."

tlcole14 User ID: 7137274 178800
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"So good and easy! We liked with leftover roast."

sharlasu User ID: 6313957 182678
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Love this recipe! It is great hit with my family and friends!"

kimlauryn User ID: 5424622 179700
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"My family loved this recipe."

mknoll User ID: 4480594 182675
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"I cook the beef in water, then make the sauce and add the beef to it once it's shredded. I don't like the idea of cooking the raw meat in the same sauce we will be eating. Very good sauce! A new favorite at our house."

MollieDi User ID: 5304424 178798
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"I tried this recipe because of the high scores and ribbon award. I was unexpectedly dissappointed in it. This is a FIRST that I didn't like a Taste of Home recipe that was rated this high & blue ribbon quality. I've had 100% success with every other recipe (I can't say that about all the cookbooks and websites). Very disappointed :("

cplahuta User ID: 3116513 210493
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"This recipe, as written, is not that great, which is why I gave it only 2 stars. You really shouldn't cook the meat in the sauce. It turns out flavorless and not saucy enough that way. Maybe this recipe is intended to be more like a Texas bbq or maybe I was just expecting something different, but I was very disappointed. I ended up having to make a whole other batch of the sauce to mix in with the meat after it was cooked. The sauce is great. I think the right way to do this would be to cook the meat, shred it, drain the juices, and then add the sauce and continue to heat through. This is how I've always done pulled pork. Done this way I actually give this recipe 4.5 stars. The sauce is very delicious."

mboeckman User ID: 5455578 178595
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Everyone in my family loved this recipie...they were tired of the same old pulled pork/beef sandwiches, so i tried this and none left over by the end of the evening. i did only use about 1/2 of the sauce though...seemed it would be too sloppy then."

paynemom4 User ID: 5735740 97831
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"Although I prefer BBQ pork, I decided to try this recipe. I thought the flavor was great and my 3 and 5 year old both ate it, so I will give it a thumbs up!"

lwilles19630 User ID: 2098418 179817
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"Made this recipe for the hunting party this weekend based on the high reviews. No one liked this. Usually this group will eat anything."

james a User ID: 4224782 178797
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"oh my yes yes this is great im thinking of making a batch to can"

941usfbull User ID: 5349243 178795
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"cooked it all night just before taking it tailgating over an hour away. it stayed warm and fed 8 college men. they put it on sandwiches, hotdogs, even doritos and by game time, it was gone!!! GREAT recipe... and makes the house smell good too!"

amandamooredc User ID: 4197714 97825
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"Very easy, Everyone loved it!"

Sherri928 User ID: 355688 179798
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"Very good. I want to try the sauce with chicken quarters in the crock pot."

iamwildcookie User ID: 4774060 179688
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"This recipe is excellent... I live in the south where BBQ is king.. This BBQ tops many of our local restaurants..."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 179686
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"BBQ beef sandwiches are a simple, easy meal to make and one my family makes whenever we are cooking while we're at work. It's delicious and so easy to put together, it makes a simple, easy supper for all of us."

Aleece User ID: 1370193 111437
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Really easy and tastes wonderful! Hubby and kids ate all of it!"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 143257
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"just learned that I can shred pork with my kitchen aid mixer - start on stir with the dough hook and then you can switch to stir with the flat beater/paddle. Not sure if that works with beef also. but very nice and easy."

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