This Easy Crock Pot BBQ Beef recipe cooks low and slow in the slow cooker until fork tender and delicious. Makes the BEST BBQ beef sandwiches for an easy meal the whole family will love!
Slow cooker barbecue beef sandwiches are perfect for an easy dinner anytime. These crockpot bbq beef sandwiches are perfect for busy days and even my picky eater loves them!
Although the beef roast takes several hours in the slow cooker, prep time is minimal. Just throw everything in the crockpot, and let the slow cooker do the work.
When, you're ready to eat, just make the shredded beef sandwiches, and dinner is served!
Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Ingredients
There are just a few simple ingredients in this easy slow cooker recipe. You can find them in your local grocery store.
- Boneless beef chuck roast -- My favorite cut of beef for pulled beef sandwiches and pot roast.
- Barbecue sauce -- I use Sweet Baby Ray sauce, but your favorite BBQ sauce here. You can even use homemade sauce if you have that.
- Spices -- I use a blend of brown sugar, minced onions, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika to make a homemade spice rub. It adds tons of flavor to the beef roast as it cooks.
How to Make Crock Pot BBQ Beef
I recommend spraying the inside of the slow cooker with non stick spray for easy clean up.
Next, pat the roast dry with paper towels, and place roast in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Make the spice rub by mixing the spices together. Then, sprinkle the spices on top of the roast, and rub the mix over the beef.
Pour the barbecue sauce over the top of the roast. Gently smooth it over the top of the meat, using a large spoon or spatula.
Cook the barbecue beef roast for 8-10 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high. I highly recommend using the low setting for best results.
Shred the meat using 2 forks. You can do this right in the crock pot since the meat should be fork tender and will fall apart easily.
Add more BBQ sauce, and keep warm in the crock pot until you are ready to eat.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches
We love brioche buns or slider buns for crock pot BBQ beef sandwiches. Homemade coleslaw makes a delicious topping or a simple side dish.
How to Store Leftover Shredded Meat
Refrigerate leftover shredded beef in an airtight container. It should keep for up to 4 days.
Freeze the meat for up to 3 months for best flavor. You can reheat pulled bbq beef on the stove or in microwave.
You don't need to add any extra liquid to this slow cooker roast. The roast will release plenty of juices as it cooks and mixes with the sauce. Just add more barbecue sauce before serving.
For a smokier flavor, add a little liquid smoke. If you like your roasts with more liquid, add a little beef broth, Worcestershire sauce or apple cider vinegar.
If your roast seems tough or is difficult to shred, it hasn't cooked long enough to break down the connective tissue. Just give it more time.
No time for the slow cooking method? Make BBQ beef roast in the Instant Pot. It takes a little over an hour.
Crock Pot BBQ Beef Recipe
- 3 pound chuck roast
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup BBQ sauce divided
- Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with non stick spray
- Pat roast dry, and place in slow cooker
- Sprinkle brown sugar, minced onion flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika on top of the roast, and rub evenly over the roast
- Spread half of the barbecue sauce on top of the chuck roast, and place cover on crock pot
- Cook for 8-10 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high or until meat is tender and shreds easily with 2 forks
- Add remaining bbq sauce to shredded meat, and keep warm until ready to serve
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
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