Easy Frugal Cooking | Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

by Kristen on October 11, 2011 · 17 comments

in Main Dishes, Recipes

This is such an easy recipe, it almost doesn’t even count as a recipe. But, since you all asked, I’m here to oblige.

I recently tried a Cook’s Illustrated beef brisket recipe that turned out some outstanding barbeque…it involved a spice rub and a pound of bacon (you top the brisket with strips of bacon).

Nothing that calls for a pound of bacon is ever bad, in my opinion.

However, you might not want to eat that type of barbeque on a consistent basis. And bacon isn’t exactly cheap.

So, when you’re feeling slightly less indulgent, this version is a good option. Because the roast cooks in the crockpot for 8-10 hours, this barbeque requires very little hands-on time, but it does require you to plan ahead. My mom likes to cook hers overnight, but I soured on that practice during my pregnancies (to a nauseated pregnant woman, the aroma of beef roast at 2 am is, well, less than pleasant).

If you don’t want to cook your beef overnight, you could always start it really early in the morning, or you could cook it the day before so that it’s ready for the next night’s dinner.

I use chuck roast for my barbeque because I think it’s pretty much the best beef roast out there, and it’s not terribly expensive. Happily, the quarter of the local cow I bought included a lot of chuck roasts. Yay!

Cut your chuck roast up into pieces, about like this.

Come to think of it, I wonder if it really is necessary to cut it up. My roasts come with a bone in them and won’t fit into the crockpot otherwise, but I imagine that if space was no issue, you could just put the whole roast into the crockpot.


Put the beef into your crockpot and top with some barbeque sauce.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the beef is fall-apart tender.

The nice thing about a chuck roast is that it’s sort of impossible to overcook it. It’s better when it’s cooked for a really long time, actually. If you check your beef and it looks done, but it’s not tender, cook it longer.

Once the beef is done, remove it from the crockpot, let it cool, remove any extraneous fat/gristle, and shred the meat (it should practically shred itself if you’ve cooked your roast long enough).

At this point, you can add in your favorite barbeque sauce and call it done.

Or, you can make the sauce from my grandmother’s recipe, add it to the beef, and let it cook in the crockpot for another hour or two.

Serve on buns, of course.

Any leftovers freeze very nicely for a future quick meal.

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

3-4 pound boneless chuck roast

1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon. chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons sugar

Cut roast into large chunks; place in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove beef from pot and let cool. Remove gristle/fat, and shred beef.

Add your favorite barbeque sauce to taste and heat, or combine above sauce ingredients, add to beef, and return beef to crockpot to cook on low for 2 more hours.

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1 Kristie L October 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

I’ll have to try this next weekend. Thanks for sharing!


2 mindy sue October 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

I made a recipe very similar to this from Taste Of Home and it was sooo good. I had forgotten about it, thanks for the reminder! I used some deer meat my MIL had canned for us when my husband got a deer last year; which made it a super simple meal . It was just throw the meat in the crock pot, shred it up, cover with the homemade BBQ sauce, and forget about it for a few hours (basically until hot and flavors had time to blend since the meat was already cooked).

I will have to try your version soon!


3 Margaret October 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

Oh wow, that looks fab. Definitely going to have to make that in the slow cooker my better half got me for my birthday… Thank you!


4 michele October 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

I do this same thing with chicken breasts. You can even put them in frozen if you forget to thaw them and come home to a healthier version of a pulled pork sandwich.


5 Tasha October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

Good timing! While I am at work today, a beautiful pork roast is slow cooking on my kitchen counter, so I can come home to pulled pork and cornbread for dinner. Yumm!


6 Philip Dosa October 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

I like eat my (Texas style) brisket BBQ on top of a potato with cheese and tons of sauce. Just an idea!


7 Juliette October 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

we do stuffed baked potatoes for dinner especially in the winter. We also use bbq beef for topping along with the other yummy stuff and serve it with a salad.


8 Lani October 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

Care to share Grandma’s sauce? Lol!


9 Jo@simplybeingmum October 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Okay this looks amazing and I am a huge slow cooker fan – so about to share on facebook…


10 adventuresindinner October 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Oh man, this looks fantastic. We just got our side of beef the other day and this is the perfect first dinner.


11 Juliette October 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

This is exactly how I make mine except I just use a bottle of bbq sauce. We had friends over for lunch one Sunday and I made this and they all wanted the recipe! :)


12 WilliamB October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm
13 Jen October 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I do this with beef and chicken and pork! But I would love to hear that Cook’s Illustrated recipe with the bacon, if you’re willing to share!


14 EngineerMom October 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I do the same thing with pork loin roasts! I use the Neely’s BBQ sauce recipe, made with no-corn-syrup ketchup.


15 Gwendoline October 20, 2011 at 5:28 am

Hi, I’ve never cook this before and I do have a slow cooker at home. Looks yummt and do I need to add water into the pot before putting in the beef? Or I just chuck only the beef into the cooker and turn it on to low and cook it? Thanks….


16 Kristen October 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

Yup, you don’t have to add any water. :)


17 Babs June 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Your grandma’s recipe for BBQ sauce is very similar to my Mom’s. :>) She used to use leftover pot roast to make her BBQ beef. Just make the BBQ sauce, heat in a skillet on the stove, then add the shredded leftover pot roast. Yummy! One of my favorites. I’ll have to try your version. Sounds delicious!!


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