Slow Cooker Barbequed Beef

A slow cooker or Crock-Pot may be used to quickly and conveniently create tasty and tender slow cooker barbecued meat. Here is a straightforward recipe to get you going:


  • 2 to 3 pounds of beef chuck roast or brisket, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade, your choice)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Hamburger buns or rolls for serving


  1. Trim the excess fat from the beef chuck roast or brisket. Pat the meat dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Combine the barbecue sauce, beef broth or water, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt in a mixing bowl. The barbecue sauce should be thoroughly combined.
  3. Place the beef in the slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce over it, making sure the meat is coated evenly.
  4. Cook the beef in the slow cooker with the lid on for 8 to 10 hours on low heat or 4 to 6 hours on high heat. Depending on your slow cooker and the size of the meat, the precise cooking time may change, but the beef should be fork-tender and simple to shred by the end.
  5. Once the beef is fully cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Optional: If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can pour the remaining liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and simmer it over medium heat until it reduces and thickens slightly.
  7. You may either add the shredded beef back to the slow cooker and combine it with the sauce, or you can cover the shredded beef with the thickened sauce. To evenly distribute the barbecue sauce on the meat, combine everything and stir.
  8. Serve the slow-cooked barbecued beef on hamburger buns or rolls, and optionally, add some coleslaw or pickles for extra flavor and texture.

Enjoy your tender and flavorful slow cooker barbecued beef! It’s perfect for a delicious sandwich or as a filling for tacos or wraps.