This recipe for pulled pork and beef combines lean beef chuck with trimmed pork shoulder in a tasty homemade sauce. The wonderful tender and juicy pork and the flavorful beef go together surprisingly well. You can make the sauce with or without the liquid smoke and hot sauce, or you can skip the homemade sauce all-together and use about 2 cups of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce.
- 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless pork (from the shoulder or butt section)
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- Optional: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- Optional: Few dashes hot sauce
- 12 to 15 split sandwich buns (toasted if desired)
Trim any excess fat from the beef and pork. Cut into cubes and place in the slow cooker.
In a bowl, combine the ketchup, 1 cup water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and liquid smoke and hot sauce if using. Pour over the meat cubes.
Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 8 to 9 hours until the meat is very tender. Check occasionally and add small amounts of water as necessary.
When done, remove the meat from the pot and shred with a fork; place back in the pot on low until hot.
Serve on the split buns.
- Stay away from lean beef and pork for this barbecue; they tend to become tough when cooked for a long period of time. You want a tender, shreddable meat; choose chuck for the beef and shoulder (aka "Boston butt") for the pork.
- For an easy dinner that takes minimal effort, nothing beats pulled pork or beef from the slow cooker. And it's something the whole family will love! In addition to this recipe, give one of these a try: easy 4-ingredient crockpot barbecue with beef or pork, crockpot Texas barbecued beef, Eugene's beef barbecue, or slow cooker pulled pork barbecue, Carolina-style.
- Replace the sauce ingredients with about 2 to 3 cups of commercial barbecue sauce. Check occasionally and add water, as necessary. Or make this recipe with homemade molasses barbecue sauce or a delicious beer barbecue sauce.
- Add about 1 1/2 cups of sliced onions to the meat.
- Use part lean pork or beef, if desired. If too lean, it can become tough, so make sure you balance with fattier meat. Or you can substitute country style ribs for the pork shoulder.
- The recipe is easily scaled up for a crowd. For a party or tailgating, serve the shredded meat and sauce right from the slow cooker.