Cooking a chuck roast for a barbecue is a process that requires patience and attention to detail. The overall cooking time depends on the size of the roast, but for a standard 3-5 lb beef chuck roast, 8-10 hours on LOW in a slow cooker is a general guideline. Contrary to what some might think, if you try to shred the roast and find it tough, it’s not necessarily overcooked.
To create a flavorful Crock Pot BBQ Beef, begin by placing the roast in the slow cooker. Season the roast with salt, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. For added flavor, top the roast with half the BBQ sauce and beef broth. As it cooks slowly, these ingredients meld together to infuse the beef with rich, savory flavors.
In another method, cut the roast in half and place it in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, celery seed, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl, and pour this mixture over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is tender. This process ensures that the beef becomes zesty and tender, perfect for barbecue beef sandwiches.
For an oven-based approach, the key to tender, fall-apart barbecue beef is time. The low-and-slow cooking process in a Dutch Oven allows the tough fibers and collagen in the beef to break down, while the fat keeps it moist and juicy. This method might take a few hours, but patience pays off with deliciously tender beef.