BBQ Chopped Beef (Crock Pot Recipe)

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been using my crock pot more and more lately.  Yesterday, I made up my own recipe for chopped beef, and took pictures of the process on the off chance that it turned out okay, and it did!

I was originally planning to use brisket, but the grocery store didn’t have any the size I wanted.  They did have this “value” pack of beef tips for stew, so I figured, “Why Not?” and went with it.

I started by putting the beef in the crock pot, and covering it with a jar of pickles, juice and all.  I figured the vinegar would help make the meat nice and tender.

Next I added a bottle of barbecue sauce…

I let that simmer on low all day.

After about 5 or 6 hours it smelled lovely, and looked like this:

It was very watery, and the meat was still in large chunks.  Now, I could have taken the time to just shred the meat – it was fall apart tender – but I remembered that I had just read a tip on Pinterest about shredding cooked chicken in a stand mixer, and I thought I’d give that a try.

So, I put my hot meat (and what was left of the pickles – they cooked down a lot) into my mixing bowl, and used the paddle attachment to blend it for about 10-20 seconds.

The results were awesome!

It looked like real chopped beef!  (Imagine that!)  I took the beef and put it back into the crock pot with all that flavorful juice, and left it on low until it was time to eat.

 The meat soaked up the juice and it was not too watery at all!

I topped the chopped beef with some grated cheese on homemade buns.  It was YUMMY.


This made a TON of meat.  As I said, I used the “value pack” of stew beef.  I fed my brother and sister-in-law plus my family of 5 and still have an entire container left over.  I plan to use it on baked potatoes later this week.  (That I’m going to try cooking in the crock pot – another thing gleaned from Pinterest.  I think I may need an intervention).


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One Response to BBQ Chopped Beef (Crock Pot Recipe)

  1. Nancy July 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    I shred my chicken and IP cooked roast in my KitchenAid mixer with the metal paddle, and have for several years! SO much easier than forks!!!!!!

    Have you discovered the Instant Pot yet? My crockpot collection is getting dusty because the IP is so versatile!!!

    Going to try this recipe in my IP :)

    (Soon as hubby grabs me some beef tips or brisket! We have a ton of ground beef and chicken breasts and thighs from a popular co-op type ordering place here, but no beef tips or brisket right now – although, brisket is on my shopping list…. hmmmmmmm)

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