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BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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These BBQ beef sandwiches are similar to what my mom used to make for us growing up, but upon getting married and discovering that many places used Coke or Dr. Pepper in their pork recipes we decided to go for root beer in our beef! It gives a little hint of something sweet, but you can totally add more red pepper flakes and even chili powder if you want it to be sweet and spicy.

Most importantly it takes no effort. Just throw everything in the slow cooker and let it sit all day. Those are the days I’m always hungriest as every time I walk down stairs or into the kitchen I can smell that meat cooking away in there. I need to try out those Reynolds slow cooker bags too, then clean up would be just as easy! Have any of you tried those and are they worth it?

Tip: You can make these sandwiches with either our Classic BBQ Sauce or our Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

Slow cooker bbq beef sandwiches with root beer! ohsweetbasil.com insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot

Can You Freeze BBQ Beef?

Leftover BBQ will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. You may freeze it in freezer containers or bags for up to 3 months.

How Do You Reheat BBQ Beef?

If frozen, thaw completely. Wrap BBQ in foil and place on baking sheet in 225 degree oven. Bake in foil on a middle rack until the center is 155°F.

Can You Make Shredded BBQ Beef in the Oven?

Beef roast for BBQ Beef can be cooked in the oven. Set the oven for 275 degrees. Bake for 4-5 hours, then shred and add BBQ sauce.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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Slow cooker bbq beef sandwiches with root beer! ohsweetbasil.com insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 sandwiches


  • 3-4 lbs Beef Chuck Roast
  • 1 Cup Root Beer
  • 2 Cups BBQ Sauce We use Sweet Baby Ray's
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper


  • Place the meat in a slow cooker and cover in BBQ Sauce, root beer, and seasonings.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours, shred and cook an additional 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Serve in buns.


bbq beef can be frozen for 2-3 months
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 590 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 1171mg51%
Potassium 983mg28%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 249IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Can this be done in the instant pot?

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    • Yes. It will need at least 60 minutes to get the beef nice and tender!

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  • The slow cooker bags are fantastic. They are such a time saver when it comes to cleanup!

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    • I almost refuse to use a slow cooker without them! Lol!

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      • Thank you so much!

  • thanks for the clarification on the size- after I typed the comment I figured it out. 😉

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    • oh good!

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  • What does 13-4 lb mean? Is that a typo? ?

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    • 1 – 3 -4 pounds it is.

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    • Kelli: I assume that is one piece of beef chuck roast that weighs three to four pounds.

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  • Yummy. What I would give to have this for lunch!!

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  • aHhhh !!! this makes me miss Texas.
    this looks so great !

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  • On no.. poor thing. It must be so hard to have to look at every little tiny ingredient. The sandwiches look dee-lish!!

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  • Don't you love Sweet Baby Ray's? I've never tried adding root beer before, sounds yummy and sweet!

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  • Oh my goodness, that's awful! Dairy is such a sneaky culprit!

    That BBQ looks great, though! 🙂

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