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Barbecue Shredded Beef

This slow cooker shredded beef is seriously out of this world good and I believe it's thanks to a special little secret of mine that I'm about to share with you.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crowd pleasers, easy dinner recipes, slow cooker recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 196kcal


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 2-3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup bottled or homemade barbecue sauce
  • Sandwich buns and pickles, for serving


  • Add the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, chipotle powder, and parsley to a small bowl and stir to combine. Remove 1 tablespoon of dry rub and set aside for later.
  • Coat all sides of the chuck roast with the mustard.
  • Liberally coat the roast in the dry rub. You may not need all of the rub. Store any excess in a covered container for another use.
  • Place roast in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred the meat with two forks and transfer to a large skillet. Sprinkle with reserved tablespoon of dry rub and add barbecue sauce.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Serve on sandwich buns with pickles, if desired.



Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.4mg