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Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef

This juicy shredded beef is so popular at summer gatherings. The tender meat is slow-cooked in a savory sauce that includes tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses and chili powder. It makes a big batch...enough for seconds! -Colleen Nelson, Mandan, North Dakota
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  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (3 pounds), cut into large chunks
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 8 to 10 sandwich rolls, split


  • Place beef in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the celery, onion and green pepper. In a bowl, combine the ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder, lemon juice, molasses, salt, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Pour over beef mixture. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Skim fat from cooking juices if necessary. Shred beef. Toast rolls if desired. Use a slotted spoon to serve beef on rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 413 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 1127mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 4g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2015

    Really good. It did make a lot so we had this for 2 or 3 nights. I did not find this too spicy at all.

  • thebruds
    Oct 3, 2013

    Absolutely the best!!

  • RickinJax
    Sep 17, 2013

    It is FANTABULAS just the way it is!!!

    Aug 11, 2013

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    Aug 7, 2013

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  • SET777
    Oct 15, 2012

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  • supersportgirl
    Jun 7, 2012

    The beef came out SO tender!! My husband doesn't like spicy foods and we are not big onion fans so I cut the chili powder down to 1 tablespoon and only used half the onion. It was just enough spice and flavor. I think next time I make this I am going to add some more brown sugar...I'm a sweet bbq fan. Definitely a good recipe.

  • mbdumee
    May 5, 2012

    This recipe is a real winner. We have made it several times for Labor Day BBQ and for informal get-togethers. It allows us to have a low-fuss but home cooked meal and guests always rave!

  • Dihart
    Mar 10, 2011

    I lost my recipe that I got from a friend almost identical to this one, and when I saw this one I knew my search was over. All of my family loved this recipe, and I have 3 up and coming cooks to share with.

  • skooter941
    Feb 11, 2011

    As I was making this, I was really concerned about adding two teaspoons of salt on top of all the products I'd added that already had salt in them. After cooking it for 8 hours, though, it does not taste overly salty at all even though the sodium content is high. All the juices from the vegetables and the meat really dilute the spices. The sauce truly does turn out delicious! It does have a little kick to it, so if you prefer bland food, you'd probably have to cut back on the chili powder. To me, it's perfect! It smells wonderful while cooking and I would definitely make it again. Next time, though, I'm doubling it! It's so good it won't last long with two grown men in this house!