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Slow Cooker BBQ Beef on a Bun

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef on a Bun

I have had this recipe, on page one of my recipe book that I keep in my kitchen drawer, for 7 years now!  My mom found it in a newspaper, cut it out, and made it for a big family event and it’s been a keeper ever since!  The best part about this recipe, aside from how amazing it tastes, is that the ingredients are all items you normally have in your pantry anyway!

Slow cooker BBQ beef - so easy to make using items you already have on hand. Serve with kaiser buns, coleslaw, horseradish and other favorite BBQ Beef on a Bun toppings!


Onto the taste!  I used to love going out for beef on a bun nights at the local bar in my hometown.  This is classic beef on a bun goodness!  Use your favorite BBQ and serve on fresh kaiser buns.  Top with sliced red onion, coleslaw, mustard, horseradish – it’s up to you!  The recipe is delicious and you can tweek it to make it your own with toppings.  Leftovers are amazing as well and can be frozen for another day (that is, if you even have leftovers!)

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Slow Cooker BBQ Beef on a Bun
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Serves: 8
  • 1 beef roast
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Place roast in slow cooker.
  2. Mix all remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over roast.
  3. Close lid, cook on low for 8+ hours (or overnight!) or on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. Near the end of the cooking time, remove lid and shred the beef. It should fall apart easily.
  5. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with kaiser buns, mustard, horseradish, red onions or other favorite beef on a bun toppings!




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  • Wow this recipe is mouth watering. I love using my slow cooker and this is definitely one recipe I am going to use. Thank you 🙂

  • This looks so easy to prepare and you are right – I do have all of these ingredients in the pantry. My slow cooker is my lifesaver. I have cooked a lot of amazing things in it and will definitely try this one out.

  • looks good. I do like that it is all stuff on hand so next time roasts are on sale I will have to grab one. Do you use a particular cut of meat?

    • I generally buy Sirloin Tip only because it’s a great deal at Costco for 3 in a package. When using your slow cooker, it really doesn’t matter because it comes out shed-tender regardless!

  • I did this to chicken last night minus the bbq sauce very yummy on chicken. doing meat balls today with it too. love the slowcooker

  • Your recipe says serves 8 for 1 beef roast. What size do you typically buy? I’m looking to serve 16, so need to double your recipe. Also, hoping to do it all in one crockpot, so do you think I should bump cook time a little longer, too? Thanks.

    • Oh, great question! I typically buy a sirloin tip roast, or whatever is on sale sometimes since the slow cooker makes the meat so tender. I’ve never made enough for 16 people but if you have enough room in a crock pot to do it, I say go for it! Cook time may be OK but I would add more liquid after doubling.

  • This sounds amazing and something my family would LOVE. I am going to have to pick up a roast and give it a try, thanks for the recipe!

    • Not particularly – I generally buy a sirloin tip but never really consider the size. There’s lots of liquid with this recipe.

  • I can’t seem to cook a roast beef, not sure what I do wrong. I will have to try this recipe. What cut of beef do you use!


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