Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef

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Just because you don’t have much time to be in the kitchen, doesn’t mean you can’t have delicious, restaurant- quality meal!
Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef is one of my favorite go-to meals when I need something easy but fabulous.
It also makes a great meal to bring to a friend in need.

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef:
I promise, I won’t tell anyone in your family how easy this was.

Maybe you’ll get a massage after this one, or at least a “Mmmm Mom, this is yummy!”

Your secret is safe with me.

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef: EatBetterSpendLess.comFirst, brown the beef.

I can read your mind.
You don’t have time for that step.
Please, take my word for it, it’s worth it.
(And you can make delicious homemade barbecue sauce in the few minutes that it will take to brown your meat.)

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue BeefNow that you have beautifully browned meat, seared just enough to keep the flavor in, transfer it to your Crock Pot. 

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Now, see all that brown stuff in the bottom of your pan? That needs to end up in your Crock Pot.
Just add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan and scrape up those yummy bits. Pour the liquid over the meat in the Crock Pot.
And then we add the magic…

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef
I mentioned it above, but it bares repeating.

Homemade Barbecue sauce!
So easy and so yummy, and probably exponentially cheaper than store-bought. (And no unidentifiable ingredients!)
Just make your barbecue sauce (click that link for the recipe) while browning the meat and add it to the Crock Pot.
Stir, turn the Crock Pot on, and walk away.

Oh, oh, oh! I almost forgot. (I did forget to take a picture, so sorry.) The best way to “shred” the beef when it’s done cooking is in a stand mixer if you have one. Yep. Just dump it in and use the regular beater attachment. You’ll be amazed. You can thank me later.

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef
I usually serve this with Apple-Cranberry Coleslaw and white beans. They’re both super easy but you end up with a meal that tastes like you worked all day!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef
  1. Cut meat into chunks.
  2. Brown meat and transfer to Crock Pot.
  3. Add ½ cup water to frying pan, scraping up the bits that were left behind.
  4. Transfer liquid to Crock Pot.
  5. Add one recipe of homemade barbecue sauce.
  6. Cook either on low for 8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  7. If you have a stand mixer, use it to break up the meat, if not, pull it into shreds using two forks.


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