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Sweet and Savory Pulled Beef Dinner

Flavorful pulled beef is great served over rice or noodles for a more formal meal, or inside hard rolls for casual party sandwiches.—Patty Manocchi, Glenville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, sliced
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooked egg noodles


  • Combine the first six ingredients. Cut roast in half; rub with seasonings. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with onion and red pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and salt; pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove roast; cool slightly. Strain cooking juices, reserving vegetables and 1-1/4 cups juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Shred beef with two forks and return to slow cooker. Stir in reserved vegetables and cooking juices; heat through. Serve with noodles.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 571 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 1604mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 47g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Mar 21, 2020

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  • Mrs_T
    Mar 8, 2013

    Absolutely delicious! This is a keeper recipe! I didn't have enough Dijon mustard on hand, so I substituted 2 teaspoons of dry mustard instead. I think it would also work well to use honey mustard and just omit the honey from the recipe.

  • best of home cooks
    Oct 7, 2012

    This is by far the best pulled beef recipe i've tried. So flavorful. We loved it and will be making again.

  • jenrsnyder
    Apr 30, 2012

    Awesome! My only changes were to lessen the brown sugar to 1/4 cup and the salt in the sauce to 1/2 tsp, delete the onion and red pepper (my fam isn't into them) and use Horseradish mustard instead of Dijon (it's what I had on hand). I did cook the roast longer because of my work schedule and it was falling-apart soft. I didn't remove the roast to shred it or removed any sauce, but instead took about 1/4 cup liquid from the slow cooker and mixed it with a few Tbsps corn starch, added it back in the slow cooker and thicked the sauce. I then shredded the roast in the thickened sauce and served it over the noodles. It was fantastic! It was even better on sandwich rolls the next day for an easy lunch! My picky BF really liked it to and he doesn't like anything "new or different"! Will def make this again!!

  • Lizzy3272
    Apr 29, 2012

    This was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  • mellibot
    Feb 6, 2011

    My husband was ecstatic with this recipe. I had planned on having several nights of leftovers, but it was pretty much gone by the second day because he couldn't get enough. I LOVED the spice rub and the barbecue sauce and have started incorporating them in my regular repetoire and with other recipes. I did find the sauce to be a little sweet for my personal taste so I cut back a lot of the sugar, but I would imagine kids and most adults love its inclusion. An all-around winner.

  • farmwifetoo
    Jan 18, 2011

    This is very tasty! A slightly sweet taste which could be adjusted by cutting back on the sugar if not your thing but it was wonderful as is. I omitted the salt in the sauce ; it just isn't needed.