recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

We’re headed into a very specific phase of cooking right now: Comfort Food Season plus I’m Too Lazy And Tired And Sick Of Winter To Make Anything Fancy. It’s the time of year when I become very good friends with my slow-cooker because having dinner essentially “done” by 9am? BEST FEELING EVER.

This recipe is simple and delicious and leaves a lot of room for customization. I keep it basic and use a brand of BBQ sauce we love, but you can use your own favorite sauce from a bottle, a homemade BBQ sauce, or even another kind of sauce (Hot pepper sauce? throw in some spices to give it a Mexican flavor? Whatever! You can’t really mess it up!) The point is: meat in the pot, add sauce, slap it on a bun. DINNER IS DONE.

(I’ve also made huge batches of this for parties and it is always a hit. Serve the sandwiches with a pan of homemade mac and cheese? EASY PARTY DINNER!)

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches
after 6-8 hours of cooking and not even touching it.

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches
Totally NOT sponsored, we just really like this stuff.

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches
photographs terribly, but it tastes and smells amazing

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches


Slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches
simple chuck roast, slow-cooked in a crockpot, great for parties!
  1. 2-3 lbs beef chuck roast, fat removed
  2. seasonings (onion salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc)
  3. 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  4. Buns, other toppings
  1. Place meat in a slow cooker. Add onion salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on high for 4 or 5 hours, then on low for 2 hours. Transfer meat to a large plate or cookie sheet and shred with a fork and knife, removing any excess fat. Drain most of the liquid from the slow-cooker, add the meat back in and add BBQ sauce. Cook for another 30 minutes or so on low. Serve on rolls or buns with cheese and other toppings, if desired.


  1. Lacey

    January 6, 2014 12:24 pm

    Pinned. That’s the easy kind of meal that I like!

  2. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    January 6, 2014 12:53 pm

    Yes! Need to add beef to the next shopping list…

  3. Melissa

    January 6, 2014 4:31 pm

    I remember that you made these sandwiches the first time we came over to meet you guys (in 2009, I think? Or 2008?? either way: MANY ADDITIONAL BABIES AGO, lol) and I asked for the recipe afterward b/c it’s SO awesome. And it’s so easy! We still make it a lot… so thank you! :)

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