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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Beef

The slow cooker is probably one of the home helpful, but most overlooked, piece of kitchen equipment you have.  Most people have them, seldom use them to their full potential.  Yet, slow cookers are fantastic for having a nice, hearty, healthy meal ready at the end of the day, without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Get it ready in the morning, or even the night before as long as you refrigerate it, set it, and go about your day.  Come suppertime, when everyone is hungry and you all just got in from a busy day, supper will be ready for you, and you won’t have to resort to take-out.

This Barbecue Pulled Beef is so easy to throw together in the morning, let it cook all day, and by the evening, you have an amazing, flavourful sauce, and soft, tender beef.  This beef is great to eat hot or cold, so it would be fantastic to take to picnics and potlucks.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Beef

4.8 from 4 reviews
Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Beef
Serves: 6-8
Note: Worried about the alcohol in the whiskey? No need to be, as the alcohol will all evaporate during the cooking process. If you don't have whiskey, feel free to use beef broth or apple juice in its place.
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tin (5.5 ounces) tomato paste
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 to 3½ pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • Rolls or buns to serve it on
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients.
  2. Place the roast in the slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the roast, turning to
  3. coat it entirely. (I use a 6 quart slow cooker, but a smaller one would work just as fine too.)
  4. Cover with lid and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or on high for 5-6 hours.
  5. Remove roast from slow cooker and, using two forks, shred the meat. Place shredded meat back into slow cooker and stir to evenly distribute the sauce.
  6. Serve immediately on your favourite rolls. We like ours with Swiss cheese and a smear of mayonnaise and a side of coleslaw.
  7. Note: For this dish to be gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free worcestershire sauce, and serve on gluten-free rolls - these ones were Udi's brand.



Jeanine Friesen, the author of “The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free”, is a recipe developer and freelance food writer from Manitoba, Canada.  Her blog, The Baking Beauties, is a collection of gluten-free recipes that have helped her sustain a normal life after the diagnosis of Celiac disease.  Jeanine truly believes that no one should have to go without, and has done what she can to help others fill the void that the gluten-free diet can cause.


  1. Yum, any meat that goes in to the crock pot like this is bound to come out absolutely delicious!

  2. WOW, that look so good. I’m going to try this recipe and I love my slow cooker too, I do need to use it much more! Great post :0)

  3. Hey girl – this sounds great! Where do you get liquid smoke? What does it look like?

  4. Mmm…I’ve been wanting to get a new slow cooker forever…this is just more incentive!

  5. LOL… I’ve been wanting to make this in my corck pot for some time =) Looks yummy!! Pinning this too.

  6. I think I’m going to try this next week! Yum!

  7. Wild Child says:

    This looks delicious and is going on my pin board for sure! Just a reminder to make sure your liquid smoke is gluten free. Last time I checked both Wright’s and Colgin were gluten free, but things change daily so be sure to check!

  8. I’ve made (and love) pulled pork, but never pulled beef. This does look delicious though!

  9. this looks like one I will try

  10. I love pulled pork sandwiches! They look delicious and now I am hungry :)

  11. Oh wow, I bet my DD would love these and me too!

  12. This sounds delicious. I LOVE pulled pork….


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