Easy and delicious oven cooked, shredded BBQ beef, that’s perfect for sandwiches or try it over mashed potatoes or in tacos or quesadillas!
Why you’ll love this BBQ Beef
- This easy shredded BBQ beef takes just a few minutes to assemble, then pop in the oven and cook low and slow (and enjoy the wonderful aroma through the day!)
- The easy cooking sauce is made with simple, pantry staples.
- Shredded BBQ Beef is perfect for making ahead, great for Summer BBQs and for feeding a crowd, too!
Beef Roast – start with a nicely fat marbled blade or chuck roast, for best results. Technically, any beef roast will work here, but the bit of fat in the roast provides great texture and flavour. That said, remove and discard large chunks of fat from the roast before cooking, to avoid an overly fatty finished dish.
Just 4 easy steps!
- Add beef and onions to pan.
- Mix sauce and pour over meat, then add a bit of water to the pan.
- Cover and cook in the oven for 4 1/2 hours.
- Shred beef and cook 20-30 minutes longer.
Making ahead, storing and freezing
Don’t hesitate to make the beef ahead, as it keeps really well in the fridge for 3-4 days, without any compromise to flavour or texture (it may be even better after reheating!).
BBQ beef will also freeze well up to 3 months, so tuck any left-overs away in the freezer to enjoy later.
How to use and serve your BBQ Beef
- Serve on homemade Hamburger Buns or Kaiser Rolls or a nice store-bought bun, topped with your favourite BBQ Sauce. Add some pickles or coleslaw too, if you like.
- Serve on mashed potatoes or polenta, for a hearty, delicious dinner.
- Use leftover BBQ beef to fill tacos or quesadillas.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooked Shredded BBQ Beef
- 2 1/2 lb. blade or chuck beef roast
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- Splash liquid smoke, optional for a bit of smokey flavour
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 300F, with rack in centre of the oven.
- Prepare beef by removing and discarding any string wrapping the beef. Remove and discard any large pieces of fat on the roast, as well.
- Place the roast into a Dutch oven, covered baking pan or any deep baking pan with a lid (or you can tightly cover with foil). Season the roast with a bit of salt and pepper. Scatter the onions over and around the beef.
- Mix the sauce in a small bowl or measuring cup, by combining the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, salt, paprika, mustard and liquid smoke, if using. Mix until smooth, then pour over the beef in the pan. Pour the water around the outside of the beef, making a thin layer of water on the bottom of the pan. *Note: If doubling or tripling the recipe, reduce the amount of added water by 25-30%.
- Cover the baking pan with a lid or tightly wrapped foil and bake 5 hours at 300F. *I like the flip the beef once or twice while it cooks, but that is optional. After 4 1/2 hours of cooking time, remove the pan from the oven and use two forks to shred the beef. Cover the pan again, return to the oven and continue cook an additional 30 minutes. The beef mixture should be quite thick at the end of cooking. If you pan seems to have a lot of liquid, you can cook a little longer with the lid off to thicken it up.
- You can enjoy the BBQ Beef immediately or let cool slightly, then refrigerate up to days. After refrigerating, you may notice some fat on the surface of the beef. You can spoon it off and discard, if you like, especially if there is a lot.
- To serve: Spoon onto buns and top with your favourite BBQ sauce. You can add some coleslaw, as well, if you like. BBQ beef is also nice spooned over mashed potatoes or polenta, or use it as a filling for tacos or quesadillas etc.
- Cooked BBQ Beef will also freeze well up to 3 months.