I’m not the biggest fan of beef but when I saw this recipe and its simplicity, I just had to try it out. It’s an alternative to the pulled pork sandwich which was its primary appeal. You can easily make it your own and there aren’t too many ingredients, most of which you might already have lying around. It’s a little reminder of summer eats brought to you year-round. This recipe is from Simply Recipes


  • One 3-pound chuck roast, rinsed and dried
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (preferably plum tomatoes)
  • 1 18-ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (or 2 1/4 cups of your favorite homemade barbecue sauce)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 sandwich or hamburger buns
  • 1 In a large, heavy pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, roughly chopping them in the pot. Add the barbecue sauce, increase heat to medium high and simmer for 10 minutes.

    Add the chuck roast. Bring to a low simmer, cover and slow cook until meat is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 hours.

    2 Remove the meat from the pot. Use a fork and knife to separate the roast into small pieces. Set aside.

    3 Increase the heat on the pot to medium/medium-high, uncover, and reduce the liquid until thick. Stir often to prevent burning.

    4 Return the meat to the liquid in the pan. Warm both thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve on buns. Makes approximately 12 sandwiches.

    Final Product:


    It was definitely delicious. The BBQ sauce on hand ended up being a little too sweet for my liking, especially with the tomato sauce and then reduced and thickened. There was also more sauce than meat. This overshadowed the tender succulent flavours from the beef itself. The quantities from my cooking experience is different from that of the recipe as I was only cooking for myself. I still ended up with a substantial amount of leftovers which I enjoyed for days to come.

    I made another attempt of this about a week ago. I changed it up to a smokier BBQ which was better but unfortunately my choice in meat cut wasn’t the best so it didn’t end up as juicy and flavourful as my first attempt. I’m still exploring BBQ sauces so if anyone has suggestions, I’m happy to hear it. I’m seriously considering trying this with pork and seeing what the results are but that’ll have to wait for now. Try it for yourself. It is simple and delicious.