Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef – Easy Pulled Beef Recipe

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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches. Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.

Barbecue sandwiches are a favorite dinner of mine. Pulled beef is hearty and filling, a perfect compliment to almost any side dish. Plus, it either serves a crowd or you’ll have plenty of leftovers to eat later in the week.

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

If you’re looking for a way to use up a chuck roast, consider making this easy pulled beef recipe. The ingredients are very basic yet it creates a tasty BBQ sauce.

The original recipe comes from my old cookbook collection of teacher recipes. I can imagine many teachers throwing this pulled beef recipe into the crock pot before school, and returning home to a home-cooked meal for the family.

Easy Pulled Beef Recipe

Pulled beef sandwiches are the main way I eat this barbecued beef from the crock pot, but it’s certainly not the only way to eat pulled beef.

What can I do with pulled beef other than sandwiches?

  • Serve it over rice or buttered egg noodles.
  • Make a beef vegetable soup.
  • Use it as a hearty topping over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
  • Pulled beef makes a perfect taco meat; use it in tacos, burritos or even burrito bowls.
  • Make a nacho bar with BBQ beef as a topping.
  • Cheesy quesadillas with pulled beef are delicious.
  • Pulled beef can be mixed with Velveeta for an easy queso recipe.
  • Fry up some potatoes and carrots in a pan with pulled beef for an old fashioned hash recipe.

What do I need to Make Shredded Beef BBQ?

Ingredient List for Shredded Beef BBQ

Chuck Roast (rump or arm roast work too)

Onion

Celery

Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Ketchup

Worcestershire Sauce

Brown Sugar

Yellow Mustard

Chili Powder

Water

Salt

Black Pepper

How to Make Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe

For the full ingredient list and recipe steps for crock pot shredded beef, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Place beef roast in a crock pot insert that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine diced onions and celery, vinegar or lemon juice, catsup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, water, salt and black pepper.
  3. Pour over beef roast in the crock pot.
  4. Cover an cook on high for approximately 4 hours or low for 7 – 9 hours.
  5. Shred beef with two forks and return to the crock pot in the sauce.
  6. Serve on sandwiches, over rice or buttered noodles or on a baked potato.

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Notes About Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

  • I prefer a chuck roast but an arm roast or rump roast works too.
  • If your beef roasts are frozen, thaw first before putting in the crock pot.
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar work for this pulled beef sandwich recipe, or use a combination of both.
  • Celery could technically be omitted, if needed or desired.
  • Dried onion works in place of fresh, diced onion.
  • On a low sodium diet? Omit salt completely since ketchup has salt in it too.
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BBQ Shredded Beef Recipe without Slow Cooker

How to make shredded beef without using the slow cooker?

Mix 1 diced onion, 1/2 cup diced celery, 4 Tablespoons vinegar (or lemon juice), 1 cup ketchup, 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons mustard, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1 cup water together. Pour over a chuck roast in a oven-proof covered dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes; reduce heat to 325 degrees F for 3 hours covered. Shred pulled barbecued beef and serve on buns.

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.

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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef - Easy Pulled Beef Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pulled beef recipe, easy slow cooker bbq beef, pulld beef sandwiches, slow coker shredded beef
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pound chuck roast
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar (or a combo)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Spray a slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray. Place chuck roast in crock pot insert.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl, pour over chuck roast.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 - 9 hours or until meat pulls apart easily.
    Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.
  • Pull meat, return to BBQ sauce.
    Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.
  • Serve on sandwiches, potatoes, rice or noodles.
    Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.

Notes

  • I prefer a chuck roast but an arm roast or rump roast works too. 
  • If your beef roasts are frozen, thaw first before putting in the crock pot. 
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar work for this pulled beef sandwich recipe, or use a combination of both. 
  • Celery could technically be omitted, if needed or desired. 
  • Dried onion works in place of fresh, diced onion. 
  • On a low sodium diet? Omit salt completely since ketchup has salt in it too.

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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef creates tasty pulled beef perfect to eat on sandwiches.  Included with this recipe for easy pulled beef are instructions for BBQ shredded beef without the slow cooker.

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