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.
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.
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.
More Southern Style Slow Cooker and Crockpot Recipes to Make
Let your slow cooker simmer dinner while you go about your day. More slow cooker and crockpot recipes you may also like to try:
- Slow Cooked Three Meat Lasagna is perfect for Italian night at home.
- Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Chicken over rice.
- Slow Cooked Country Style Ribs and Barbecue Beans with a side of cornbread is a family feast.
- Serve this Slow Cooked Smothered Cubed Steak over mashed potatoes.
- Crockpot Chicken and Dressing Casserole is super simple to make and always a winning choice for supper.
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork from The Magical Slow Cooker.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
- Onion/Vegetable Chopper
- Serving Set
- Insulated Slow Cooker Travel Case and Carrier
Slow Cooked Dr Pepper Barbecue Beef
- 1 4 lb boneless chuck roast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon barbecue seasoning (i.e.Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple)
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Dr Pepper
- 1 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke
- 2 tablespoon 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 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Rub the chuck roast on all sides with 3 tablespoon 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.
If I don’t have slow cooker, can I do this with oven?
You could make this in the oven just like a pot roast, yes.
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!!!!!!!
I'm so happy you loved this, thank you!
Great flavor and easy. We used Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce
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.
I'm delighted your family enjoyed this, thanks!
Can you make this recipe on high? If so how many hours
You can cook this on high. Typically, it takes half the time depending on your appliance and how it performs.
Can I use Diet Dr Pepper?
It doesn't turn out quite the same but, you can.
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
I used original Dr Pepper in this recipe.
Thanks you for this sitr
angela lenore foreman
how long do i cook this on a high temp
I usually cook this on low. Typically on high it takes half the time.
The Better Baker
Looks absolutely mouth-melting! So glad you shared with us at Weekend Potluck. Keep 'em coming...please!
Besides Chuck roast, is there another type of beef to use? Going to try to make tomorrow!
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.
I never get tired of bbq! This beef looks delicious!