Super Bowl BBQ Beef

If you are looking for an easy Super Bowl sandwich recipe to please the football fans in your life, definitely take a second and keep reading! This recipe sort of came about as a fluke. I originally planned to make mini pulled pork sandwiches, but I sent the fiancé to the store and he came back with a sixteen dollar beef roast. I was a little irritated at first, but figured it was not worth the effort or time to return a hunk of meat to Kroger and figured I could make it work. Being that I wanted to slow cook dinner, I simply changed up my plan and decided to go with BBQ beef sandwiches instead of pulled pork. The flavor of this BBQ beef is quite delectable and the sauce tastes very similar to Arby’s Sauce, which I love in large doses! This recipe could not be easier and it just might steal the spotlight at your Super Bowl party.

Toss it into the crock pot Sunday morning, and you’ll have the men drooling by game time. I served these up slider style on mini buns with a dollop of homemade cole slaw and alongside potato chips. This made for a very hearty dinner and great leftovers. If you are looking to add something to your Super Bowl Spread, give these a try. Remember to stop back over to let me know how you liked them…I love hearing from my fabulous readers!

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches and Sweet Slaw


For the BBQ Beef

  • 3 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

For the Sweet Slaw

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2/3 cup Miracle Whip
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds


For the BBQ Beef

  1. Place the roast into a slow cooker along with the water. Cover, and cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until beef can be easily shredded with a fork.
  2. Shred the beef, removing fat as you go. Remove 1/2 cup of the broth from the slow cooker, and reserve for later.In a medium bowl, mix the vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, honey, salt, pepper, cayenne, crushed red pepper and garlic.
  3. Stir into the shredded beef so that the meat is thoroughly coated.
  4. Cover, and continue to cook beef on LOW for an additional 4 to 6 hours. Add the reserved broth only if necessary to maintain moisture.
  5. Serve on mini buns, such as King’s Hawaiian rolls and top with coleslaw.

For the Sweet Slaw

  1. Combine the coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the salad dressing, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
Both adapted from allrecipes

30 Responses to “Super Bowl BBQ Beef”

  1. Cookie — February 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    These are adorable! I bet they taste awesome paired with the sweet Hawaiian rolls. I love how you added poppy seeds to your coleslaw. What a great idea!


  2. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — February 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    These mini BBQ beef sandwiches look like they would be the perfect guest at a party. They look awesome. The sweet slaw is a nice touch. Isn’t it a drag switching your blog over?Takes some time for everyone to find you again.


  3. Cookin' Canuck — February 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Sometimes the best dishes come from a shopping trip gone wrong. This is absolutely perfect for the Super Bowl!


  4. Cherine — February 4, 2010 at 4:44 am

    These sandwiches are YUMMY!! I’m drooling and it’s still 10 am :)


  5. BC — February 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    My mistake worked out great, wrong meat= delicious dinner!!


  6. Sara — February 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Mmmm, I love BBQ beef and chicken sandwiches…especially, when you throw it all in a crockpot and its ready when you get home! :)


  7. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — February 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

    These look great! And I just got those exact bowls (and the matching plates) in the mail yesterday. Love them, they are soooo gorgeous!


  8. Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — February 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

    This happens to me all. the. time. My husband goes to the store for lettuce and comes back with cabbage (or worse!). Looks like an excellent mistake, though – these look great! I love bbq sandwiches with cole slaw on top!!


  9. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    You had me at ‘sliders.’ Yum. Love sliders in all forms. Your pictures are fantastic!


  10. Maria — February 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I don’t do meat, but I appreciate your fabulous photos. I am SO glad you are going to Blogher! Can’t wait to meet you!


  11. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe — February 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I featured this for my Superbowl Sunday… It looks fabulous!


  12. Jennifer — February 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I made these for our Superbowl party and they were absolutely DELISH! The slaw was yummy too. Thanks for the recipe. I think it’s going to become a regular for our parties because it’s sooooooooo easy.


  13. You can rub the meat and slow cook it on the grill too if you are looking to add even more flavor. Also, adding some hickory or apple can help add even more.


    • Maria — July 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      I love this idea but I’m new to the barbecue world and only JUST bought a George Foreman propane grill to inaugurate myself. What kind of bbq would you need for this and how high would the setting have to be and how long do you cook it for? If you could let me know that’d be awesome. I love bbq food in general but have never really made it before. I even had a friend help me set up the George (as it is now lovingly Christened) so I don’t blow up the beach. Turned out he was right to help! Lol

  14. Jenn — February 2, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Do you think this recipe would work with a bottle of “Honey Garlic BBQ Sauce” (I know it’s cheating). If so, what would you do differently??

    Thank you!


    • Jamie — February 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Just cook as in and use the BBQ sauce as a topping once it is cooked. I have done this on many occasions. Enjoy!

  15. mary c — February 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    This is in the crockpot right now. Smells wonderful. The slaw is awesome too. I made it earlier in the day. I can’t wait to fry up breaded okra with this meal! YUM


  16. Shawn — February 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    My husband and I loved your recipe! We topped it with some leftover homemade blue cheese dressing, and that made this dish even more phenomenal! Thanks for a meal that we will have many times to come!!


    • Jamie — February 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

      That is fantastic to hear! I am so happy you loved it, and your addition of blue cheese dressing sounds superb!

  17. Taylor — April 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I made this for my stepmom’s birthday and it came out so awesome. It was delicious. I didn’t have cayenne pepper so I used chili powder but I loved it and so did she. IT was so tender and yummy.


  18. Sarah E. — April 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I had a question about this one. First off, I made it tonight and it was delicious. My 3 year old, who had never had coleslaw before, gobbled it down.

    But I’m afraid that I did it incorrectly.

    Do you drain all the juice out of the slow cooker before adding the sauce…or JUST that 1/2 cup?


  19. Shani — February 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Jamie – my family is from the south and we have always put cole slaw on our pulled pork, which tends to be more vinegar-y than tomato-y, and chili dogs, much to the dismay of any one who was dining with us. We have created lots of converts, who now don’t think twice about “getting their slaw on,” but I loved seeing you posting a recipe with the slaw in the sandwich – because it’s so good! People don’t realize what a favor you are doing for them, until they take a bite!

    My family has a Kentucky Derby party and for the last one we celebrated the “frontside” of the race, with all the big hats, mint juleps, and bourbon balls you’d expect. We had a full, Southern buffet – the utmost in civility and Southern charm ;) . This year we are celebrating the “backside” of the race – where the trainers and owners and everyone behind the magic of the day celebrates, and I am planning that bourbon punch will have a spot again on the menu, but so will pulled pork sliders with cole slaw!


  20. Joann — March 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I just found your site also, and I was wandering if you could use this recipe for the pork as well. Thanks can’t wait to hear back from you.


    • MBA — April 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I have never tried this particular recipe with pork, but I am sure it will be delicious as well. Stop back and let us know how it works out!

  21. Dana — June 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    do u happen to know how many people this feeds? Or how many buns to buy?


    • Jamie — July 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      I would say 8-10 large servings. I hope this helps. Have a great day.


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