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Shredded Beef Barbecue Recipe

Shredded Beef Barbecue Recipe

This beef roast simmers for hours in a homemade barbecue sauce, so it's very tender and easy to shred for sandwiches. The mixture freezes well, too. -Lori Bergquist of Wilton, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split


  • 1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a nonstick skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides over medium-high heat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine next 10 ingredients; pour over roast.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours. Remove meat; shred with two forks and return to slow cooker. Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each roll. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 313 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 688mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 228529
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"So, so, SO good! I ended up using a couple pork steaks since I was out of roasts, and they didn't disappoint! Shredded very nicely, I think I may omit the water next time as other reviewers mentioned doing, there was quite a bit of excess liquid. Otherwise, this was absolutely amazing! The house smelled great when I got home from work after this had sat in the slow cooker all day - it reminded me of grandma's house growing up, she must have used this recipe since I know she was a Taste of Home fan as well!"

thebruds User ID: 3586504 90411
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"I did not have time to brown the roast beforehand. Cooked all day and turned out fabulous - perfect bbq flavor for my family & they loved it! Very easy to shred. I did omit water, too."

bltbananas User ID: 6212799 56122
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"disappointing. did not really have much of a bbq flavor. it did shred nicely but we had to add bbq sauce to the sandwich to make it tasty."

queenzookie User ID: 5427908 53241
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"Very easy. Thanks for the tip to omit the water. This fit in my 3-qt slow cooker with room to spare. I don't see how it could feed 12 people, though - it's more like 6 servings."

bylaw User ID: 797340 53239
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This is tasty! I don't use any of the water called for in this recipe."

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