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Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef

This sweet and spicy slow cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef is one of those slow cooker set-it-and-forget-it kind of entrees that’s pure goodness. All you do, is toss everything into the slow cooker and let your personal chef do the rest while you go about your day. The succulent beef easily pulls apart with a fork and the Dr Pepper barbecue sauce is sheer deliciousness. Serve it on warm Kaiser rolls alone or topped with coleslaw for a happy family meal any day of the week.


Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef

Easy Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef Recipe

Living in North Carolina we are most know for our love of pulled pork barbecue. The debate generally gravitates to what type of sauce will be served along with  it as opposed to the meat of choice we’ll be smoking. Eastern NC is most known for a vinegar based sauce while in Western NC you’ll find a sweet tomato based barbecue sauce. I’m basically a fan of all barbecue as long as it’s good barbecue. Whether it’s beef, chicken, or pork it’s all a welcome sight on my supper table.

Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef

How to Make the Best Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef Recipe

While most home cooks aren’t equipped with a full-on professional smoker most do have a slow cooker handy.  I chose chuck roast for this Dr Pepper coated beef barbecue as it’s such a great match for the sweet and tangy sauce and the slow cooking process transforms it into tender and succulent pulled beef.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef: One 3-4 pound chuck roast, olive oil, barbecue seasoning, garlic salt, Dr Pepper, liquid hickory smoke flavoring, worcestershire sauce, 2 cups of prepared Dr Pepper barbecue sauce either store bought or homemade and kaiser rolls for serving.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A 6 quart or similar size slow cooker, a whisk, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous check out my recipe for homemade Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce  to make your own. However, feel free to adapt with a prepared version or use the same amount of  your favorite sauce instead.
  • If you’d like to add some heat, add a chipotle pepper in adobo to the barbecue sauce.
  • The best barbecue seasoning to use is one that you already enjoy. There are many readily available on the spice aisle in the grocery store.
  • What to serve with Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef: Warm kaiser rolls and creamy Southern style cole slaw, Southern baked beans with a side of sweet corn on the cob is the kind of feast that’ll have the family running to the table.
  • Store leftover Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop or in single serving portions in the microwave.

Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef

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Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 hours
Total Time10 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow-cooked-dr-pepper-bbq-beef
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 738kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 4 lb boneless chuck roast
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp barbecue seasoning (i.e.Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid hickory smoke
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups prepared or homemade Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
  • 8-10 Kaiser rolls


  • Spray the inside of a 6 quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the Dr Pepper,and liquid smoke then pour into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Rinse the chuck roast and pat dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
  • Rub the chuck roast on all sides with 3 Tbsp of barbecue seasoning. Be generous. Sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper.
  • Center the roast in the slow cooker, drizzle with Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until fork tender.
  • Remove from the slow cooker and using 2 forks, pull apart the meat, removing all visible fat.
  • Discard the cooking liquid reserving ½ cup.
  • Whisk the reserved cooking liquid with 2 cups of barbecue sauce.
  • Increase the slow cooker setting to high. Return the pulled beef to the slow cooker. Drizzle with the sauce.
  • Cook on high for 30 minutes or just until bubbly.
  • Serve on warm Kaiser rolls with a side of cole slaw, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 738kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1166mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was FANTASTIC!!!!! My husband said it was the best bbq sandwich that he’s ever had! I followed the recipe exactly and used sweet baby ray’s bbq sauce. Wow!!!!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This is probably the best beef I’ve ever made in the slow cooker. I served it on Hawaiian rolls and it was even better the next day for lunch everyone in the family gave it a thumbs up.

  3. could you please tell me what flavour of Dr Pepper you use. I am Australian and we have so many different flavours of Dr Pepper. Thank you

  4. Besides Chuck roast, is there another type of beef to use? Going to try to make tomorrow!

    karen K

    1. Hi Karen, I’m not sure there’s a simple answer. Chuck is the best cut for slow cooking and I haven’t made this particular recipe using London Broil or Brisket. If you choose a cut of meat with good fat marbling it could probably be adapted.

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