Slow-Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Barbecued shredded beef sounds like an ideal recipe for the slow cooker, but most slow-cooker recipes turn out dry, stringy, and chewy beef. We wanted to transform our slow cooker into a professional BBQ pit.
Why This Recipe Works
We prefer a large chuck-eye roast for this Slow-Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches recipe—it remained moist even after hours of cooking. Since slow cookers don't allow for much evaporation, it is important to use less liquid in slow cookers than you would on the stovetop or oven. We reduced the meaty leftover liquid and added it to the spicy, tangy sandwich sauce for an extra dimension of flavor. The unusual combination of bacon, coffee, and ketchup, as well as liquid smoke and paprika, melded beautifully in the cooker to produce a complex and distinctive BBQ flavor.