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shredded beef with pickles on a brioche bun on a white plate.

Crockpot Beef BBQ

Published by Kate
This easy recipe is made entirely in the slow cooker—assemble it in the morning and dinner is done!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 364 kcal


  • 2½–3 lb boneless chuck roast
  • 1 cup bbq sauce (use your favorite variety)
  • ½ cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • To serve: brioche buns, sliced dill pickles, sliced pickled jalapeños


  • Cut the roast into 4 pieces. Place in the bowl of a slow cooker. Add the chopped onions and chopped green pepper.
  • Whisk together the bbq sauce, apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and salt. Pour the mixture over the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 3.5–4 hours or on low for 6–7 hours. The meat is ready when it shreds easily with a fork.
  • Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred with a fork. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir to coat it with the sauce.
  • Serve the beef bbq on buns with pickles and pickled jalapeños, if desired.


I have a newer slow cooker. The meat was done after 3.5 hours on high.
The cooked beef can be frozen for later use. Cool it completely, then transfer to a freezer safe bag or storage container. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and heat in a pan on the stovetop, or in the microwave. 
To make this in the oven instead of a crockpot, preheat the oven to 325°. Add all of the ingredients to an oven-safe dish and cover it. Place the dish in the center of the oven, and roast for 3.5–4 hours, or until the meat shreds easily with a fork.


Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 28gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 728mgPotassium: 598mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 156IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg
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