How to Make Tender Shredded Beef

How to make tender shredded beef recipe requires only 4 ingredients, and will delicious for leftovers like, bbq beef sandiches, tostadas etc.


How to make tender shredded beef recipe requires only 4 ingredients, and will delicious for leftovers like, bbq beef sandiches, tostadas etc.


There are two questions that I hear a lot, what basics do you use and how do you make tender, moist shredded beef? First of all, I have a lot of things in my kitchen that I consider basics, so I’ll save that list for another time, but one thing that I insist that you have is Real Salt. I’m not saying actual, real life salt, I mean the brand, Real Salt. We like to keep the basic sea salt and kosher salt on hand at all times. In fact, it is literally all that we use. Well, occasionally I’ll pull out a Hawaiian salt or flakes of sea salt, but Real Salt is our absolute favorite, and it’s our secret to making shredded Beef.


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We have this awesome new Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach and it’s our favorite way to cook roasts. I know you can use the oven, but I hate heating up the whole darned thing, just for a lump of meat that’s going to sit alllllll day. So, with a slow cooker, Honey Wine Vinegar from Slide Ridge, Olive Oil, and Real Kosher Salt (trust me, it’s the best salt ever and will make your food taste better than ever) you can create the most moist and delicious shredded beef. Of course, this version is just our basic, nothing fancy recipe, but we totally doctor it up when needed. I like this version because it’s simple, and sometimes I just want a yummy, simple dish that feel comforting and homey versus some crazy over the top meal.


How to make tender shredded beef recipe requires only 4 ingredients, and will delicious for leftovers like, bbq beef sandiches, tostadas etc.


Plus, there are only 4 of us, so we use the leftovers to create other delicious meals throughout the week and we just saved a ton of time because the meat is already done. Hint, hint, you’ll want to see Wednesday’s post. It’s for sure a new favorite. Anyway, to prepare the meat, just buy a Beef Rump Roast, stab it with a knife a few times (2-3) on each side, rub with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar and rub with salt. Let the baby cook away for 8 hours, and just try to remove it from the crockpot. It will be fall apart, juicy and delicious. Oh, and trust me, serve it with a little of the leftover juices in the crockpot. It’s natural au jus is delicious!


What Is The Difference Between Kosher Salt and Table Salt?

The main difference between Kosher salt and regular salt is just the grain size.

Under a microscope, you can see that table salt has been milled such that many of the salt crystals look like little cubes.

Kosher salt will have a different texture and flavor burst, but if you allow the salt to dissolve in the food, there really isn’t any difference in the flavor.


What is Honey Wine Vinegar Made From?

Most commercially available honey vinegars are produced in Italy, France, Romania and Spain.

It’s vinegar, acetic acid, just like regular vinegar, only it is made of honey.

How to Make Tender Shredded Beef

How to make tender shredded beef recipe requires only 4 ingredients, and will delicious for leftovers like, bbq beef sandiches, tostadas etc.
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How to Make Tender Shredded Beef

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner
Keyword: beef, crock pot, kosher salt, main dish, roast, salt, slow cooker
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 Chuck or Rump Beef Roast ours was about 3 lbs, but you can easily increase ingredients as needed
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey Wine Vinegar Apple Cider may be substituted
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt preferably Real brand.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar.
  • Stab the roast 2-3 times, per side with a sharp knife.
  • Rub the oil mixture all over the meat, massaging it in.
  • Sprinkle with salt and rub it in all over the meat.
  • Place in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low, serve immediately with leftover juices from the slow cooker.


You can use white, apple cider or honey wine vinegar and while it will change the flavor slightly it will still be crazy delicious


Serving: 1g | Calories: 114kcal | Protein: 8.8g | Cholesterol: 31.9mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @OhSweetBasil or tag #OhSweetBasil!


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66 comments on “How to Make Tender Shredded Beef”

  1. Thank you for this recipe. So simple but!!! I made this for my daughter’s birthday and everybody commented on how good it was. A keeper for sure…🙂

  2. Hi! Do you think I could pull this off in the instant pot and get the same flavor? How long would you cook it for? I’m short on time! Thanks! 

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  4. This was very juicy and tender! However, I didn’t put any vegetables in at the outset and it was extremely salty. I threw some raw potatoes in and am hoping they soak it up some! I love the texture, will just cut salt in half (at least) next time.

  5. Love you guys for telling me how to cook this beef,

  6. I just found your post searching for a shredded beef recipe, and I 100% agree that Real Salt is awesome. I bought it trying to find a well-sourced salt. I also really like the sea salt from Trader Joes, but Real Salt tastes sweeter, in a way. Not all salts taste the same!
    I’m about to try this – have you tried it with carrots and potatoes? If so, when do you throw them in? Also, do you (or does anyone) know of the oven equivalent for duration and oven temp? Thank you!

    • Hi Jennifer, Isn’t it crazy that something as simple as salt can be so different by brand? Yes, we throw potatoes and carrots in at the beginning. If you want more of a crunch you can add them halfway through, but I love them in the beginning. 🙂 The oven temperature would be 200-250 and then cook for 8 hours. I tend to go with 250 but that’s for our oven so you would have to experiment.

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  8. I am about to try this recipe in a new 2-quart slow cooker that I just bought. We are only 2-1/2 (our daughter is 3). I’m a little concerned that I may need a 4-quart slower cooker. Your recipe does not specify. What do you use?

    • Well, ours is a 6 qt and way too big for the 4 of us. A 4 would be great, and a 2 may be a tad too tight. Ifyou can fit the beef you’re good, but otherwise you may need to roast low and slow in the oven, covered.

  9. Can I add potatoes and carrots and if so do I need to add water?

  10. I have this in the crockpot now….smells so yummy!! Can’t wait for dinner!!

  11. Hi. I just found this on pinterest. Can I use a sirloin tip roast. I bought it because it was extremely cheap. I am not sure it will shred? Or do you know another really good recipe for the roast? Thank you.

  12. So there is no additional liquid to be added when cooking other than the 3TBPS of vinegar/olive oil? Can I use a eye of round roast or will I need to add some water or beef broth if I use another cut of meat?

    • yUP! And I promise it truly doesn’t need the water. The juices will just do their thing. 🙂

    • Sorry, missed the rest of your comment. You can use another cut, but this one turns out the best. I stick with tri tip or beef rump roast because I think they turn out much more tender. You still wouldn’t need teh liquid with another cut though.

  13. Apparently D doesn’t read food blogs. I know many food bloggers tout the brands they love using. I know I have my favorites and if I did a food blog, you’d bet I’d be giving them a shout out.

    BUT, I”m going to be trying this one. I might not be able to find those brands, but I am going to give this a go anyway. This looks great! Thanks!

  14. Sorry, D. My response to you didn’t show up here so it must not have gone through. I can understand where you are coming from and appreciate your comment. This post was not a paid for post. It’s truly just the brands that I love. I only cook with Real salt and I love sharing with my readers. I’m sorry if it came off otherwise to you. I guess I got so excited to talk about one of my favorites. Good luck to you

  15. I’m so glad to hear it! It’s so tender even with so few ingredients!

  16. That was to the way…cheers!!!!

    • Oh, thanks for sticking up for me 😉 Haha, at first I was so confused. It actually wasn’t a sponsored post, those will always have a disclaimer at the beginning. I just truly love Real Salt. It’s all we use. Cheers back at ya! 😉

  17. Wow…you really felt the need to post your bulls**t,huh?? That’s sad..the beef is delicious. Too bad for you…

  18. I just thought I knew how to make shredded beef. Until I made this recipe. So simple and as you say “crazy delicious”! I used balsamic vinegar because that’s what I had on had and it was the richest, deeply flavored meat I’ve ever tasted! I’m back here today looking up the amounts again because it’s what’s for dinner again today! Thanks for sharing this!

  19. I found this site by random google search. Haven’t tried the recipe and don’t plan to – paid marketers just don’t have a lot of credibility, in my opinion. This is posting is such a blatant advertisment that I was actuallyy offended. I hope you get paid a lot for those endorsements (pretty obviously the salt company pays you the most) – embarrassingly obvious! Websters should put a copy of this “recipe” under the definition of shill.

  20. Looks delicious, and thanks for the shout-out for my recipe on Slow Cooker from Scratch!

  21. I LOVE shredded beef. I just wish I could get the right type of meat where I live! There is something I can find sometimes, but it’s incredibly expensive. Boo!

    And yours looks incredible. 🙂

  22. Where do you get honey wine vinegar? I’ve never heard of it.

  23. Love this..thank you!! Tender, shredded beef is one of my favorites!

  24. This really sounds amazing. As a Texas girl I long for good beef sometimes. I love also that you included honey wine vinegar… one of my favorite products.

  25. I’m not the biggest meat fan, but my hubby loves shredded beef! I will be passing these easy tips on to him for his next beef dinner 🙂

  26. Thank you so much for the help. I cannot cook beef if my life depended on it, and my family loves beef. Definetely going to take this and make it. Wish me luck!

  27. I’m drooling! This recipe looks amazing! Gorgeous pics!

  28. We’re both on a shredded meat/chicken kick, and why not make it easy on us? Love Slide Ridge and will be adding this to the recipe list!

  29. I love that this can be made in the slow cookers – it makes life so much easier!

  30. This looks fantastic, my mouth is watering! I can’t wait to try this.

  31. Totally pinning this! And I’m a huge fan of Real Salt too!

  32. I too have never made shredded beef! But I totally see it happening ASAP… tacos!

  33. I have the same slow cooker and we love it. And now I’m drooling for some shredded beef!

  34. This sounds amazing! I love a good shredded beef – it’s good in so many things!

  35. Real salt is amazing!!!

  36. I love shredded beef. Its one of the greatest wonders of the world 😉 So good! I need to get some Real Salt too! I love using kosher and sea salt, but I cant wait to try that brand!

  37. Ooooh!! 1-YUM YUM YUM!
    2-I need to check out “Real Salt”!

  38. Looks like a fantastic way to cook a roast.

  39. Shredded beef is so easy and always so good! The fun part starts with deciding what to use it in! 🙂

  40. Can you believe I have never made shredded beef? I know! I need to start with this recipe! It is perfect!