The BBQ Beef in these BBQ Beef Sandwiches is prepared in a slow cooker with our special Oklahoma BBQ Sauce. No need for a grill!

(Photo by Rick Souders)

It’s easy to prepare a delicious barbecue without having to light a single coal. We have two recipes that result in a finger-lickin’ good barbecue, but rely on either a slow cooker or the oven – BBQ Beef Sandwiches (recipe below) and BBQ Chicken. Each recipe features our spicy ‘n sweet Oklahoma BBQ Sauce, that’s perfect not only for these chicken and beef recipes, but for pork and ribs, too. What’s even better is that once you make this sauce (you get more than a quart from a single batch!) you can keep it refrigerated almost indefinitely.

These sandwiches are delicious served with Dorothy’s Potato Salad.

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches

The BBQ Beef in these BBQ Beef Sandwiches is prepared in a slow cooker with our special Oklahoma BBQ Sauce. No need for a grill!

  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings 1x



4 pounds chuck or arm roast

2 cups water

4 cups Oklahoma BBQ Sauce, divided

Hamburger buns, preferably brioche


  1. In a slow cooker, place the roast in the bottom and add 2 cups water. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Take meat out of cooker and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup liquid.
  3. Shred the meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in 2 cups barbecue sauce and reserved liquid. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Taste and stir in more sauce if desired.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns, passing remaining sauce on the side.
  • Author: (From "Fresh Tastes" by Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: main dish, BBQ, slow cooker, easy entertaining


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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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  1. These look fabulous…they’ll be coming to a cookout at our house soon, that’s for sure!

  2. I’m confused. Your recipe says after you’ve slow cooker cooked it all those hours then you have to cook it for 4-6 MORE hours with the sauce? Is that right? If the meat is falling apart enough to be shredded why would it need more cooking for so long?

    1. Hi Tracie,
      The second round of slow cooking is to infuse the BBQ sauce flavor into the beef. You could certainly reduce the cook time down to 1-2 hours if you want.