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

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! 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

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

4.41 from 37 votes
Servings: 6 -8 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


Serving: 1gCalories: 590kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 44gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 1171mgPotassium: 983mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 249IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 5mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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