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Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches

Since I prepare the beef for these robust sandwiches in the slow cooker, it's easy to fix a meal for a hungry bunch. The savory homemade sauce assures I come home with no leftovers. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds), trimmed and cut in half
  • 18 hamburger buns, split


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Add roast. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 6-8 hours longer or until meat is tender.
  • Remove roast; cool. Shred meat and return to sauce; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, fill each bun with about 1/2 cup of meat mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 262 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Jellybug
    Sep 2, 2020

    This recipe is very easy to prepare. The beef is fork tender and moist. I used the leftovers for hand pies. Shared the recipe with my daughter in law.

  • jones.patty
    Jun 27, 2013

    This recipe is totally awesome! I made this and put it on homemade hamburger buns and they were delish!

  • Daffodils
    Feb 5, 2013

    This recipe is AMAZING! So easy to prepare with wonderful results - tender, flavorful, and even delicious as left-overs.

  • KuipoBakes
    Dec 18, 2012

    I used a spicy BBQ sauce and it was the perfect seasoning for my family, everyone had seconds!

  • Nimra01
    Oct 15, 2011

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  • PamsKitchen
    Sep 25, 2011

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  • cboniface
    Jun 18, 2011

    Very good. I used venison rather than beef.

  • fourliltadpoles
    May 21, 2011

    I've made this recipe many times over the years and it is a family favorite. Incidentally, I got this recipe before there was a website.

  • cklayum
    Dec 31, 2010

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  • BKMonti
    Sep 19, 2010

    I got this recipe from my mom and love it! It lasts us through a dinner and couple of lunches. My husband and toddler son eat it up!