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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Beef Sandwiches

Chuck roast makes delicious shredded beef sandwiches after simmering in a rich, homemade sauce all day. The meat is tender and juicy and takes minutes to prepare for a weeknight dinner or potluck. —Tatina Smith, San Angelo, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 sandwich buns, split
  • Sliced onions, dill pickles and pickled jalapenos, optional


  • Cut roast in half and place in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, liquid smoke if desired and seasonings. Pour over beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking liquid.
  • Shred beef with two forks; return to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until heated through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup on each bun. Serve with onions, pickles and jalapenos if desired.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth / water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 458 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1052mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.


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  • Lindy
    Jun 20, 2020

    Really good recipe - I did mine overnight for lunch the next day and it was perfect! Definitely recommend.

  • Sarah
    Dec 4, 2019

    This recipe is fantastic. I use a 3lb flat cut of brisket instead of a chuck roast and change a half cup of the ketchup to whataburger spicy ketchup for extra kick.

  • Jason
    Jan 29, 2018

    Wonderful balance....whole family loved it.

  • Haley
    Sep 22, 2017

    Loved the recipe, but tweaked a few things to my family's liking. First off, I didn't have time to wait 10 hours to eat. So I did cut my beef in half and cooked on high for 3 to 4 hours. Done. Delicious, tender, & juicy still. Also, in the ingredients, I added double the liquid smoke, 2 tsp cayenne, and used sweet baby rays spicy bbq sauce. Served on toasted buns with mustard, pickles, and pickled jalepenos with a few dashes of hotsauce on top. DELICIOUS bbq recipe. #welikeitspicy

  • Buddy
    Sep 1, 2017

    absolutely the best this came out perfect it even tastes good cold...sliced onions and bell pepper on the bottom blend perfectly together Love it.....

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Jul 31, 2017

    Delicious and easy. Great weeknight meal!

  • Barbara from AZ
    Sep 9, 2016

    Wonderful recipe! I place two onions, sliced, in the bottom of the crock pot before I put the meat in. I also use about 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of ketchup. Makes great sandwiches served alongside coleslaw and beans. A real keeper!

  • DD75
    Jul 10, 2016

    Great recipe. I put ketchup, mayo and pickles on my sandwiches...they were fantastic.

  • chefheidi18
    Mar 19, 2016

    Really tasty. I would do it again.

  • dbeauche
    Feb 14, 2016

    Love the BBQ sauce for this. I've used it for both beef and pork.