Recipe: Slow Cooked Beef Barbecue

Can I just say this recipe was delicious! We don’t eat meat very often but I do enjoy it from time-to-time.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbecue

makes 10 servings


  • 2 1/2 – 3 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package of hamburger buns


Sprinkle garlic salt over chuck roast. Place roast in a greased 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker and top with onion and celery.

BB-onions and peppers

Combine brown sugar, ketchup, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and liquid smoke in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed.

BB-bbq sauce

Pour sauce mixture over meat, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

BB-sauce and meat slow cooker

Remove meat from slow cooker and place on cutting board.

Ladle 1/4 cup of sauce (liquid) from slow cooker into a small bowl, then add flour and whisk until smooth.

B- flour and sauce

Stir this mixture back into remaining sauce in slow cooker.

Go back to the beef (that you placed on a cutting board) and shred it with a fork. Return to slow cooker after shredded.

BB- shredded beef

With roast back in slow cooker, cook on high for an additional 30 minutes.

BB - shredded beef crock pot

Serve it up and enjoy!!

BB- shredded beef barbecue

Original recipe found at American Profile.

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By , on Apr 10, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Looks like I know what I am having for dinner one night this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Damn it is almost midnight and seeing this my tummy is saying feed me…I have never made our own topping, but that looks really yummy. Thanks I printed it out hopefully i can get the wifes buy in and we will make it soon!

  3. That looks great! When do we eat?

  4. Wow that looks good! I wonder how it would work with a pork roast of some sort?

    • Andy says:

      I bet it would be very similar! I’m not sure of the time you’d need to cook it in the crock pot but I bet it would taste about the same.

  5. This looks AMAZING! What does liquid smoke do? That is really interesting.

    I just got my slow cooker since I left it at home. I got it for Christmas but I’m so excited to use it. I want to try this recipe. My BF will love me forever. Thanks for sharing!

    • Andy says:

      You are welcome! I hope he likes it!!

      Liquid smoke just adds some smoke flavoring. Instead of being able to tell it was cooked in a crock pot all day, it’s supposed to give the taste that you smoked/grilled the meat. I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently it’s the substance produced from smoke passed through water.

  6. Wow that looks good! I should try to surprise my wife by making these. I think she’d be impressed if I attempted to cook anything since I never do.

    • Andy says:

      I think ALL wifes would love it if their husband tried to do something like that. Get on it MMD! Make her week!

  7. Nick says:

    mmmm… my wife has a similar recipe w/ chicken. this looks awesome! we’ll have to work this into the rotation (along with typing without any capital letters apparently…)

  8. I want! That looks absolutely delicious – and I have a special weakness for brisket.

  9. Squirrelers says:

    Man, that looks good! I shouldn’t be commenting while hungry ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t eat meat much but when I do, it will be for tasty recipes such as this.

  10. Michelle says:

    Karl and Jeremy–you HAVE to go get a slow cooker! They make things so easy and are an economic way to cook as well. We make chilis and stews with ours…never tried brisket (is that considered a brisket?) Looks delish!

    • Andy says:

      Good question Michelle…I’m not sure if it is. Let’s just say it is! Why not?

      I agree on the slow cooker though. There is nothing better than throwing a bunch of stuff in the crockpot before you go to work and then have it ready by the time you come home!

  11. JAMES says:

    I travel many miles to get good BBQ. This recipe looks fantastic. I love slow cooked stuff. Most good BBQ places slow cook their meat for 12 to 14 hours. Fall off the bone ribs are my favorite.

  12. Man! I shouldn’t have read this hungry!! I know what I’ll be cooking this week…

  13. That looks delicious Andy! I have a slowcooker as you know, so will give this a try. I imagine you had lots of leftovers as well?

  14. Mmmm this looks delicious! I like the idea of adding flour and then putting the meat back in after shredding it. I definitely need to try this!

    • Andy says:

      Adding the flour made it a lot less runny. I’m glad that step was in there because if it wasn’t then the sandwiches would have been a mess.

  15. Modest Money says:

    Damn that is making my mouth water. Like CultOfMoney I don’t have a slow cooker anymore. So I probably can’t make this recipe properly, but it does make me wish I used my slowcooker more when I did have one.

  16. CultOfMoney says:

    Yikes, that is one of my favorite types of sandwiches. I don’t have a slow cooker any more, so I don’t make it, but there is a place near where I work that does excellent BBQB. I think you’ve inspired me to go to Target this weekend and get me a slow cooker…

  17. I always look forward to learning about your latest cooking recipes. And, your photos are so mouth-watering that I can almost taste the meals right through my computer screen. This new recipe is obviously no different. It looks very appetizing.

  18. Michelle says:

    Yum love your recipes! I’ll have to include this one in my Meal Plan as well!

  19. Katie says:

    Now that looks delicious! The warm weather always puts me in the mood to eat barbecue.

    • Andy says:

      It was really good Katie! We enjoyed it a lot.

      We rarely eat meat for health and financial reasons, but this was definitely worth the splurge!

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