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Shredded Beef au Jus

My mom found this recipe in a farm journal soon after she and my dad got married. The tender beef has been a family favorite for years, and my dad often requests it. —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  • Cut roast in half; place in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix water, bouillon granules and seasonings; pour over meat.
  • Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until tender. Remove beef; cool slightly. Meanwhile, skim fat from the cooking liquid.
  • Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Using a slotted spoon, place meat on bun bottoms. Replace tops. Serve with additional cooking liquid on the side.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich with 1/4 cup cooking liquid: 411 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • Angela
    Aug 19, 2020

    I’ve made this recipe as is several times over the summer. It’s delicious and my kids have loved it.

  • Denise
    Aug 10, 2020

    I make something similar enough. I usually do it in the oven (in winter & cook 2-3 hrs on 350F) also with a chuck roast. I use a packet of dry onion soup mix... OR a can of beef broth... OR can of beef consomme (whichever I have on hand) but beef bullion & water also works. I always add a cut up carrot or 2 and onions. Sometimes I add mushrooms. When done, I remove the meat and thicken the sauce a bit (cornstarch or flour). Delicious. Also great to serve over mashed potatoes or even egg noodles.

  • lsross
    Aug 9, 2020

    I agree with dry Lipton Onion soup mix! It is my go to for flavoring pork or beef roast in slow cooker. Just reading this recipe makes my mouth water:)

  • Sandra
    Aug 8, 2020

    I have been making this for years! One of my favorites! I do skip the Rosemary and oregano and add one package if dry Lipton Onion soup mix. I also cut up one or two onions for mine. Its easy and my whole family loves these sandwiches!

  • Karen
    Jul 1, 2020

    Made as directed.... Thought it was okay, but didn’t like the rosemary or the oregano flavor....

  • Baking Diva
    Feb 27, 2020

    Delicious! My guys loved it and argued over the leftovers! As a "scratch cook", I love that recipe doesn't call for gravy mix. Simple, easy and a home-run at my house.

  • khegeman
    Mar 27, 2018

    Delicious. I did not find the dish too salty as others did. I did replace beef broth for water and still added the bouillon. Otherwise I cooked exactly as described in recipe. The au jus was very flavorful. The meat did take a full 8 hours to become tender. I would make this again.

  • LeslieH
    Feb 1, 2018

    Delicious! I used no salt beef broth instead of water and bouillon cubes and did not use garlic salt, but powder to cut back salt amount. Would make again.

  • Julie
    Oct 11, 2017

    I am blind and cannot see where to click the star rating. But I would give this five for sure. It was so easy and so very good and tender. I used a 3 1/2 pound chuck tender roast. The only thing I did different was to use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. And also 1/2 teaspoon of the season Salt and added a half teaspoon of ground black pepper. Watching my sodium intake. It was delicious. Cooked for 7 1/2 hours on low. And it was fall apart tender. Husband wants to have leftoversloaded up on bake potatoes.

  • ghrichmond
    Jul 26, 2017

    I've been making this for my husband for a while. He loves it. I do add more garlic and use beef broth instead of water. It's one of his very favorites! It also helps if you use a good cut of meat with minimal fat.