Easy Shredded BBQ Beef (Slow Cooker)

Shredded BBQ Beef cooks in the slow cooker all day until it’s falling apart tender! This is an easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to prep. Leave it to cook, and hours later, you’ll have juicy, flavorful BBQ beef you can serve up a few different ways.

shredded BBQ beef being grabbed by tongs.

I love this BBQ beef recipe for three reasons: It takes all of five minutes to prep, it cooks all day in the slow cooker, and you can serve it up in a few different ways. Use it for sandwiches, wraps, and salads, or pile it alongside your favorite comfort food side dish (I’ve got some ideas for you!).

After the seasoned beef has cooked for hours, it’s so falling apart tender that it practically melts in your mouth. Add a tangy-sweet BBQ sauce, and you get a versatile main dish you’ll want to make on repeat. Easy, versatile, and delicious – this BBQ beef has so much going for it you’ll want to make it on repeat.

ingredients for slow cooker shredded bbq beef.

Ingredients

  • Boneless chuck roast – I like to use a three-pound one.
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Paprika
  • Dried oregano
  • BBQ sauce – Choose your favorite bottled sauce.

How to Make It

Mix all of the seasonings with the mustard in a small bowl. Place the beef in the slow cooker and rub the mustard mixture all over it.

beef chuck coated in the spice rub in the slow cooker.

Set the slow cooker to low and cook the beef for eight to ten hours or until the meat easily shreds. At this point, the fat should be completely rendered so the meat is falling apart tender.

Shred the beef with two forks in the slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce over the top. Stir to coat the meat evenly, and it’s ready to serve!

bbq sauce poured over the shredded beef.

Recipe Tips

I don’t recommend cooking the beef on high. It won’t be as tender once it’s done – cooking it on low allows the fat to slowly melt, which will tenderize the meat.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for several days.

bbq beef in a slow cooker.

How to Serve It

These are just a few ways to serve this slow cooker BBQ beef:

Sandwiches and Wraps: Pile the beef on buns with some coleslaw or cheese for BBQ beef sandwiches. Or, use tortillas or other wraps and roll them up with the beef.

Salad: I’ve used leftover shredded BBQ beef to make salads. Toss it with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and other salad veggies, along with your favorite dressing (I love blue cheese or ranch dressing).

Or try it with a side dish:

This BBQ beef is so easy and has the best flavor! Give it a try – I think you’ll love it.

Happy slow cooking,

April
close-up shot of shredded beef in a slow cooker.

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Easy Shredded BBQ Beef (Slow Cooker)

close-up shot of shredded beef in a slow cooker.

Shredded BBQ Beef cooks in the slow cooker all day until it’s falling apart tender! This is an easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to prep. Leave it to cook, and hours later, you’ll have juicy, flavorful BBQ beef you can serve up a few different ways.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 3-pound boneless chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Place the beef in the slow cooker. Mix the seasonings and mustard in a small bowl. Coat both sides of the beef with the mixture. 
  2. Cook the roast on low for 8 to 10 hours or until it’s falling apart tender. 
  3. Shred the meat and add the BBQ sauce. Stir to coat the meat evenly and it’s ready to serve.

Notes

I don’t recommend cooking it on high in the slow cooker. It won’t be as tender once it’s done.

Storage: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days.

Serving: There are quite a few ways to serve it – use it to make sandwiches or wraps, or serve it alongside macaroni and cheese, rice, mashed potatoes, potato salad, or another veggie or side that you like. See the recipe post for ideas and links.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 366
  • Sugar: 12.3g
  • Sodium: 603.4mg
  • Fat: 11.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.3g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 45.3g
  • Cholesterol: 134mg

Keywords: shredded BBQ beef, easy BBQ beef, crockpot BBQ beef

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