How To Make Pulled Beef In Slow Cooker

How To Make Pulled Beef in the Crock Pot

Now that you’re daydreaming about all the mouthwatering beef dishes you can prepare, let’s examine how to make this simple shredded beef!

I usually suggest browning the meat in a skillet before putting it in the crock pot when I make roasts. However, with shredded beef, this extra step really isn’t necessary. That makes this a truly dump-and-go recipe. HOORAY!.

To make the pulled beef:

  • Lay your chuck roast (or roasts) out on a cutting board and pierce the meat with a knife a few times on each side.
  • Mix some red wine vinegar and olive oil together, then coat the meat with it.
  • Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and garlic powder.
  • Half of a large onion, cut into wedges, should go in the slow cooker’s bottom, followed by the roast. Add sliced garlic cloves on top, then cover with the remaining onion.
  • Cook the beef on low for 8 to 10 hours, covered, or until it shreds easily with a fork.

What is a good cut of beef for shredding?

Contrary to popular belief, the toughest cuts of meat make the best tender, juicy shredded beef. Simmering tough cuts, such as chuck roast, for hours results in a succulent and fall-apart-tender texture.

Chuck roasts, also known as shoulder roasts, chuck eye roasts, or arm chuck roasts, are my favorite cut of meat. Seek for a roast with nice white fat, or marbling, throughout.

Brisket is another great choice for shredded beef. In fact, I make these incredible Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches with brisket.

Because I like to have enough beef for several meals, I always use at least 4 lbs. of boneless meat. You likely won’t find a single roast this big at the grocery store, so I usually just pick up two 2-3 lb roasts at a time. Look out for deals to save money! Our local grocery store often runs Buy One-Get One sales on roasts. Learn more ways to save when buying beef here.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

So we already know this slow cooker shredded beef is:

  • easy
  • unbelievably tender
  • crazy flavorful
  • perfect for meal prepping
  • great in all kinds of different recipes

A mere three-ounce portion of beef offers 25 grams of protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, all of which are necessary to fuel active parents and their even busier children. Did you know that beef is also incredibly nutritious? One of the most satisfying nutrients is protein, which is abundant in beef. Additionally, it helps with muscle growth, focus, and long-lasting energy for hectic days.

Not to mention that shredded beef is Whole 30 and Keto approved as well as dairy and gluten free!

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How To Make Pulled Beef In Slow Cooker