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BBQ Beef

The flavor of this BBQ Beef recipe is absolutely perfect. My mom's recipe for Crockpot BBQ Beef will become a family favorite for you too.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, beef recipes, crockpot recipes, slow cooker recipes
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast See my notes about using a bigger piece of meat.
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup A-1 sauce
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the roast in the slow cooker and cover water. Cook on low for five hours. Remove the meat and while still warm, shred it.
  • At four and a half hours into the slow cooking, add the butter, sugar, ketchup, A-1 sauce, onion, beef stock, Worchestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and lemon juice to a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes uncovered.
  • Drain any left over water from the slow cooker.
  • Add the shredded beef back to the slow cooker and cover it with the sauce. Place the top on, slightly a jar. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring 2 to 3 times during cooking. Serve on sandwich buns.