Sweet BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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Sweet BBQ Beef Sandwiches are filled with shredded beef, zesty barbecue sauce and a surprise ingredient that make these so delicious! Dinner has never been easier with these amazing sandwiches.

Sweet BBQ Beef sandwiches are delicious shredded beef with a sweet and savor BBQ flavor stuffed between two hamburger buns.


I am thrilled to share one of my favorite childhood recipes today. My Mom would make these for Sunday dinners all the time, and I always looked forward to them. Sweet BBQ Beef Sandwiches are juicy, packed with flavor, and worth the time it takes to slowly cook the meat. An easy combination of barbecue sauce and root beer, yes root beer, creates the yummiest sauce ever that coats the shredded beef.


Most of the work that goes into preparing these sandwiches is all in the cook time. 10 hours is what you need, but it is worth it. Low and slow is the name of the game when cooking roast.

This recipe calls for 2 pounds of rump roast, so this recipe feeds 8 very hungry humans. If you’re hosting a dinner for a larger crowd then I recommend doubling the recipe. You will need a second slow cooker, so if you don’t have two you might have to knock on a neighbor’s door and invite them over for dinner!

Sweet BBQ Beef sandwiches are delicious shredded beef with a sweet and savor BBQ flavor stuffed between two hamburger buns.


You might be asking, ‘How easy is it to throw everything together?’ All you need is five minutes to spare to mix all the following items together into a slow cooker:

  1. 2 Pounds of Rump Roast
  2. 12 Ounces of Root Beef – Use your favorite brand of Root Beer but do NOT use diet root beer. You need the sugar in regular soda to make these sweet and delicious.
  3. 1 (18 Ounce) Bottle of BBQ Sauce – I recommend using Sweet Baby Ray’s, but if you have a favorite brand, give it a try!

Once the beef is finished cooking, shred and serve on hamburger buns. I like to have a variety of chips on the side to serve with the sandwiches. The crunch adds a great contrast in texture. I like to throw a few potato chips on my sandwich for that little extra something special.

Sweet BBQ Beef sandwiches are delicious shredded beef with a sweet and savor BBQ flavor stuffed between two hamburger buns.


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Sweet BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Delicious shredded beef with a sweet and savory barbecue flavor. Serve inside hamburger buns for one delicious sandwich!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly


  • 2 pounds beef rump roast
  • 12 ounces Root Beer soda (not diet)
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce (we enjoy Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce)
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • Place roast in the crock pot. Pour the root beer all over the roast. Cover with lid and cook on low heat 10 to 12 hours OR cook on High heat 7 to 8 hours.
  • Carefully drain root beer from crock pot. Shred roast and remove any fat. Place shredded roast back in crock pot. Pour the barbecue sauce all over the meat. Stir. Cover with lid and cook 30 more minutes or until heated through.
  • Serve in hamburger buns and enjoy!



Sweet BBQ Beef sandwiches are delicious shredded beef with a sweet and savor BBQ flavor stuffed between two hamburger buns.


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18 thoughts on “Sweet BBQ Beef Sandwiches

  1. HEY!!! I have a pork one going in the crockpot at this moment, lol! Great minds I tell ya 😉 I am going to do mini-sliders using Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and made some copy-cat KFC Coleslaw to go with it. Cannot WAIT to try it all tonight!

  2. We’ve made a lot of pork butts into pulled pork, but I’ve never done beef. I don’t know why. I love the stuff! This sounds really simple; I love using the slow cooker. It’s kind of nice when someone else does the work. 😉

  3. Oh Holly… I love KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, it’s the only kind I buy anymore! I will have to try this ASAP!!! So glad I saw this before going to the store!! Yum…

  4. Is there anything you could use instead of root beer? It looks good, we just don’t like root beer. Thanks!

  5. My meat always comes out really tough and hard to shred. I cooked a 2.5 lb rump roast this time on low for about 4 hours it was cooked all the way so I turned it off and let it sit in the root beer for maybe 2 hours hoping that would help tenderize it. WRONG! Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Mikki, you need to cook roast for long periods of time in the crock pot. The longer the better. It will seem done after 4 or 5 hours, but it’s not. Cooking a roast on low for 4 hours is way too short. I cook mine on low (around 2 lbs of roast) anywhere from 9 to 10 hours, and the meat literally falls apart when I go to shred it, and it’s very tender! Try cooking it longer next time and it should work! 🙂

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