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Shredded Barbecued Beef

Once family and friends have dug into this tender and tangy barbecued beef, you'll be making it again and again. It takes a little time to prepare, but it's well worth the effort for a picnic or dinner anytime. -Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 4 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 12 to 16 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns


  • In a Dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in 1 tablespoon oil. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute onions in remaining oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients except rolls; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over roast. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours; turn the roast and bake for 2 more hours or until meat is very tender. Remove roast; shred with a fork and return to sauce. Serve on rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 398 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 864mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Bahiya
    May 12, 2020

    Since I reviewed this in 2016, I started making it in the slow cooker. I still follow the original steps to make the sauce and brown the meat to give it layers of flavor. After that, I cook it on low for 8 - 10 hours and shred with two forks before putting it back in the sauce. This recipe is still on a rotation at my house and is a favorite of my family.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 21, 2017

    This tasty beef is great for a picnic! We add green pepper to our, but they're great any way you fix them!!

  • ksandjs1
    Jul 27, 2016


  • ebohuch
    Apr 9, 2016

    My brother who lives a couple hours away was driving up to visit this weekend. Made this with pepper poppers and threw them in the last half hour of cooking and it was the best friday dinner. I served it with a salad but next time I'm whipping up a batch of cilantro cole slaw so people can layer it on the sandwiches if they wish. A definite keeper!

  • kleighscott
    Oct 25, 2014

    love it!

  • MVPhillips
    Apr 21, 2013

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  • mlwigg
    Feb 16, 2011

    tried this when it came out in the magazine about 10 years ago and it has been a raving favorite since!

  • lisa53202
    Sep 11, 2010

    Very tasty! I loved it!

  • grannygourmet
    Jun 23, 2010

    Great recipe! It is perfectly seasoned easy to prepare. My whole family raved about i!

  • Kathy Gailey
    Jan 29, 2009

    This is a great recipe! My husband, mom, and I loved it! Thanks for sharing!!!