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Easy Beef Barbecue Sandwich Recipe

Updated on October 19, 2018
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The finished product, yummy (sloppy) barbecue sammies.
The finished product, yummy (sloppy) barbecue sammies. | Source
4 stars from 1 rating of Beef Barbecue Sandwiches

Growing up in Texas, I ate my fair share of both barbecue and beef. After growing up and moving out of my home state, I began to search for a replacement meal. Although this recipe isn't a dry rub, nor is it cooked overnight in a smokehouse, it almost makes the cut.

This recipe can be made three different ways (all easy), so it can fit in any lifestyle.

Cook Time for BBQ Sandwich

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours 20 min
Ready in: 2 hours 35 min
Yields: Makes 15 servings, depending on serving size.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 sandwich
Calories 523
Calories from Fat324
% Daily Value *
Fat 36 g55%
Saturated fat 14 g70%
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 68 mg23%
Sodium 620 mg26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  • 3 lbs boneless beef short ribs, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp smoke paprika


This recipe can be made a few different ways.

Crock Pot

  1. (optional) Warm olive oil in a cast iron skillet, or any medium to large skillet. Then sear the ribs on all sides.
  2. Place ribs in a slow cooker, cover with spices, then add liquid ingredients.
  3. Cook on medium-high for about 2 hours, or until the meat is cooked throw and can be easily shred.


  1. (optional) Warm olive oil in a cast iron skillet, or any medium to large skillet. Then sear the ribs on all sides.
  2. Place ribs in cover baking dish.
  3. Rub spices into the ribs.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients.
  5. Cover with lid or foil, and bake at 350 degrees for one and half to two hours, or until the meat is tender enough to shred.

Dutch Oven

  1. Warm olive oil in a cast iron skillet, or any medium to large skillet. Then sear the ribs on all sides.
  2. Drain fat.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the meat is cooked thoroughly and can be easily shredded.

What to serve with homemade BBQ sandwiches

These sandwiches can be part of a healthy meal, it all depends on serving size and what you serve with them. You serve up a pile of fried french fries, or potato chips and it becomes a standard fatty meal.

However, if you serve the sandwiches with a fruit salad, a green salad, or baked green beans it becomes a healthy filling meal that is neither hard on your waist line or your wallet.


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      5 years ago from India

      Great recipe. Thank you for sharing.


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