Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe

Making Slow Cooker Shredded Beef to have on hand for recipes throughout the week has to be one of my favorite things ever. Well, that and making slow cooker chicken for the same purpose. But, having shredded beef stocked in the refrigerator just makes life easier.

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And thankfully, it doesn’t take much thought, time, or energy on my part.

Some days, I have none to spare!

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Do you ever feel like that?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love cooking. It is like free therapy for me. No need to pay to go sprawl out on someone’s sofa to tell them about my day when I can just head to my kitchen and get reenergized while baking a cake or making pie crust, making homemade bread, or even something as simple as making breakfast or supper for my family.


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But some days, especially when our homeschooling day seems to linger from sun-up to sun-down, we’re running from one activity or appointment to another, and I haven’t even attempted to think about what to make for supper, having made shredded beef in the slow cooker is like the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done. It makes me feel like a genius or something.


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And it sort of tastes like that, too.


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So, pull that slow cooker out of the cabinet and get ready to make some delicious shredded beef. I’ve got some absolute delicious dishes that you’ll definitely want to have this shredded beef ready and waiting to go into like shredded beef nachos, brunswick stew, enchilada casserole.

Here’s my Slow Cooker Shredded Beef recipe. You’ll love it. Promise.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe
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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is perfect to add to so many delicious dishes and recipes. Make this slow cooker shredded beef and keep on hand for easy dinner recipes.
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 3-4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  1. Place roast beef into the insert of your slow cooker. Add beef broth to slow cooker. Pour Worcestershire sauce over the top of roast and sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning.
  2. Cook roast in slow cooker for 4 hours on High setting or 6-8 hours on Low.
  3. Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then add back to the gravy in the slow cooker set on warm for another hour.
  4. Store shredded beef and gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.


Robyn xo

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    I made your balsamic shredded beef and it was a hit in the office. I can’t wait to try this. I love these kind of recipes as I don’t have to babysit them and can get household chores done, or find some time for my crafting will it cooks! Thanks!

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    Karissa Sjaarda says

    My mother in law does this! Thanks for the recipe. Going beyond ham, bacon, chicken and hamburger I get nervous with all those cuts of beef (what do I do with them?!) . But this looks great. AND it finally cooled down two days ago, so bring on fall comfort food!

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    Kim says

    I just made this today. I had a chuck roast in the slow cooker when I saw your post so I added your suggestions and I just pulled it out and shredded it. It’s great! Thanks for the tip. We were just going to have roast beef and mashed potatoes with gravy but neither of us were in the mood this evening. Now we have shredded beef to use for the rest of the week. Since I’ve never done shredded beef before, I’ll have to find recipes for it, but I’m looking forward to it.

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    Lisa says

    Hi, Robyn.

    Can I freeze the shredded beef once cooked? I have a bottom round roast on the larger side of the suggestion in your recipe (a little over 4 lbs) and there is just me and my husband. Doubt we will be able to finish the beef in enough time for it to remain good in the refrigerator.


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    Michelle says

    I have noticed that when slow cooking beef you don’t sear it most of the time. Do you think searing brings out the flavor a bit more or just an additional unnecessary step? I made the dr. pepper roast beef this week. It was a 3 lb. roast and I cooked it for the recommended 7 hours on low. The meat was dry and tough so I think I should have adjusted the cook time down. Will try another roast recipe this week as I am looking for a go-to slow cooker roast recipe that yields tender, stringy, and flavorful beef. Your photos look amazing…I hope I can replicate! I am happy to have found your website. I found it searching caramel cake recipes! Thank you.

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    Marie G says

    Should the roast be turned during cooking? I made this last night and found the top part of the roast a bit on the dry side as a result of cooking out of liquid. Any tips on that?

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    Mary says

    HELP! I’ve made numerous pot roasts in my KitchenAid slow cooker (it’s only three years old) and have not had one shred yet. I saw your recipe and fixed it today. Same cut and weight of meat, same additional ingredients, did seven hours on low. I just pulled the roast from the slow cooker and it won’t shred one bit. Not even close to it. All of the roasts I’ve done in this slow cooker (including this recipe) have all had to be sliced with a knife and have come out a bit dry and tough. What could be wrong? Is it my slow cooker? I’m getting so frustrated and I’m hoping you might have some advice.

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      Eileen says

      I noticed your post is two years old so you probably received an answer already, but thought I would reply in case. It is the cut of meat …I love chuck roast for shredded beef. It will shred easily when cooked in the crock pot or oven but pot roast will not shred and needs to be cooked differently to be moist and tender.

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    yesenia says

    Hi! This looks delicious, found you through pinterest! I’m planning my sons 1st birthday and doing a nacho bar type thing and i know this is the perfect shredded beef recipe. My question is if i wanted to make more can i just double or even triple the recipe? What it still come out delicious? Thank you.

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    France says

    If you use half the amount of meat (I only have a 4 quart slow cooker) do you half the ingredients or keep them the same? Thanks!

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    Kim says

    I made this today. OMG it was so good. although I used two cups of beef broth and 4 tbl of Worcestershire sauce. we made French dips out of it. AWESOME,

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    Veronica says

    So good!! I am making it today for the second time. Defiantly going to be doing this a lot. We are have is on BBQ pizza tonight!!

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    Elizabeth says

    Looks delicious and I will definitely try this recipe. However,
    what is Montreal Steak seasoning? I have not looked at the supermarket, but do you have any idea if it is available in supermarket in Sydney? One last question, is the beef broth home made or do you buy and use the one we can find in supermarket please?
    Thank you for your response!

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    Linda says

    This works great too for wild game. I have some bear meat going now and will use it for fajitas and nachos this week for quick meals on meeting nights. I personally find that you can use any piece of meat pulled out of the freezer. I always sear the meat because I like that taste and sometimes I take a shortcut and just toss a package of onion soup mix on it. I’m going to go look for some of your uses. The only other thing I can think of is to add it to fried rice or barley pilaf, or make some shepard’s pies when I have some leftover veggies. I’ll make some gravy, throw in the shredded meat, a layer of veggies and then top off with some well-seasoned mashed potatoes. I make small ones in pyrex containers that I can heat in the microwave at the office. I love to cook things that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes AND which will have leftovers for lunch another day. Thanks for sharing your methods.

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    Sandra says

    I have a pressure cooker can you please instruct me on time conversions for this recipe. I’ve heard that it is approx one third of the time that it would be to cook the roast in the oven.

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    Laura says

    Perfect and so easy! This recipe will be a staple at my house! I cooked a small rump roast and only bought 4 rolls. (1 per person) After my son devoured his sandwich, he took off to the store to buy more rolls, and ate a second. I did need to cook the meat for 10 hours because the meat was too tough to shred. If you like to serve it french dip style, my recommendation is to use twice the amount of beef broth. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    Kim Honeycutt says

    I love using a slow-cooker for cooking a roast. This will be so good over rice! Pinned it!!

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    David says

    Great recipe!!! I made it today and it turned out perfect. I always just threw it in the pot and never thought to use beef broth. I quadrupled the ingredients and let it cook 14 hrs on low with 6 potatoes. I must say i’m impressed and will definitely always make it this way.

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    Susan says

    I have cooked a 3 lb. outside round roast for 5 hours on high and I still could not pull the beef apart. Do I need to use more liquid? I have a large crock pot so the liquid comes up only a third of the way. I ended up cutting the meat into strips. We really enjoyed the meat and the liquid was delicious.

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    Linda Harrah says

    I grew up on chuck roast and it shreds beautifully, round not so much. Thanks for the recipes. They remind me of home with my mom, someone who inspired me to keep the “southern cook” tradition going!

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    Thomas Lott says

    This was great for me. I was making enchiladas and wanted some shredded beef and this was a great alternative to firing up the smoker! Couple of tweaks: 1)seasoned with montreal and seared on all sides to get it nice and brown before adding to the pot, 2)I added 1-2 tsp of liquid smoke to give it smokier flavor. It was a hit! Thanks!

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    Cory says

    Did you put the beef directly on the surface of the slow cooker or on a wire insert? My crock pot came with a wire insert that raises the meat off the surface of the cooker. I tried searching online but it was not very helpful. Thanks! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    Roxy says

    Hi Robyn,
    I have never written a review before but have to for this. I am always on the lookout for different recipes to jive up my dishes and I actually found this through your shredded beef nachos recipe (a favorite). This stuff is awesome. We use it for tacos and we also just eat it as a roast. Taste and juicy. Thank you so much. All recipes have been hits so far!

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    Sabine says

    just put the beef in the Slow cooker ready for tomorrow. Made my own Montreal Seasoning as we do not get h]it here in England


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