| | | | |

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

I am a very happy woman because this recipe turned out fantastic! The beef was really tender and so flavorful. I loved the homemade barbecue sauce, it was sweet, tangy, and so tasty. The French’s fried onions made this sandwich over the top good with a great flavor and a nice crunch. My kids loved this recipe and ate every last bite. I loved, loved, loved this sandwich and my husband did too because he ate two sandwiches. I highly recommend this recipe.

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches:


  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 lbs lean chuck roast
  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp of dried thyme (plus some for seasoning the meat)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced finely
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of molasses
  • 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • Hamburger buns
  • French’s fried onions

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

How to Make Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Add the olive oil to a small Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and thyme, to taste on both sides. Sear the meat on all sides for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the beef and place it on a plate.

Cook bacon in the same Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s finished, place it on a paper towel to drain then crumble. In the same skillet, add the thyme and onion to the bacon grease and saute for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add garlic and red pepper then cook, stirring frequently, for 30-45 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients, including the bacon crumbles, and mix thoroughly, cook for about 20 minutes so flavors combine.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small dutch oven pan, combine the beef broth, seared chuck roast, and half the barbecue sauce. Bake in the oven for 3-4 hours; make sure you check the meat every once in a while, if the liquid is getting low add more beef broth. Remove the beef from the oven and go through the meat to remove any fat. Add the remaining barbecue sauce and mix thoroughly until the meat is shredded and evenly coated with the sauce. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if needed.

Cook the French’s Fried Onions in the oven for just a few minutes – watch them carefully because they will burn easily. Toast the buns if preferred. Pile the shredded beef on the bottom bun and top with crunchy onions and top bun. Enjoy!

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Sounds like another winner! We will have to try it! Your stew made a great hit here thanks for the recipe!

  2. Drooooooooooool. I want to quit my day job so I can stay home and cook your recipes all day long ^_^

  3. just reading the ingredients in your sauce assures me that i'd love this and the onions on top are a great touch. two sandwiches for me too!

  4. I LOVE the thought of putting the french fried onions on it, that sounds so great! I don't want to think how many calories they have though! Great recipe, thanks!

  5. Looks beautiful. I confess I've been fantasizing over slopper Joes since seeing Bobby Flay do a Throw Down. You've inspired me. Thanks.

  6. BBQ beef sandwiches doesn't get much better. We just made the pork variety in the slow cooker, excellent!

  7. This is def something we would love. And you're right, the onions put it over the top. Nice job.

  8. I love your recipes. I went back through your recipes and printed off at least 16 pages packed full of delish recipes. Thanks a bunch! The BBQ Beef looks fantastic (it's getting printed too!).

  9. This looks fantastic, Pam. I think you solved my dinner dilemma. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Pam, this is one of those recipes that screams "MAKE ME!" I'm bookmarking. I love the french fried onion topping. yumm

  11. My Hubs would LOVE this! The Fried Onions are a nice touch and no doubt make the sandwich even better!!!!!

  12. I love the way chuck roast turns to soft shreds when you cook it! Looks like a splendid sandwich.

  13. You always have something wonderful cooking in your kitchen. I love how tender the meat looks.

  14. That looks like major comfort food. Your food always looks so perfect. Oh and don't think I didn't see that strawberry galette down below! OMG!

  15. I'm a fan of bbq beef, one of my aunts makes something similar and its delicious, like this looks.

  16. I love smoked chuckies but I like what you did here, Pam. Especially the fried onion topper, extra yum!

    A tweak or two and this one could do well on my cooker. Saving it.

  17. ahhh these look absolutely INCREDIBLE. fried onions AND homemade bbq sauce?! wowza. cannot wait to make these! i'm not much of a pork eater, but definitely loveee bbq beef. you've definitely inspired me. keep up the good work!

  18. You bet I'd enjoy these … but my husband would enjoy them even more! He'd show up on your doorstep and never leave! He's a midwest meat and potatoes boy through and through! 🙂