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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa with chipotles in smoked adobo, beef stock, beer, tomato paste, brown sugar, garlic, cilantro, & spices.  Fall-apart tender!

Course Entree
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Barbacoa, Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 3 pound boneless beef roast (rump top, bottom round or chuck roast)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked salt, or regular salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cumin
  • 5 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons Adobo Sauce
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 10 ounces beef stock
  • 8 ounces beer


  1. Trim and discard the excess fat from the meat. This will ensure that you're not left with oily, greasy cooking liquid.
  2. Coat the roast with olive oil, then salt and pepper the entire roast.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients together, except the beer and the beef stock, and make a paste. Smear the paste all over the roast and set it in a slow cooker turned on low.
  4. Gently pour the beer and beef stock into the slow cooker without rinsing the paste off the roast. Close the lid and let the roast cook for 7-8 hours on low.  (Chuck roast may cook faster - check at 5-6 hours.)

  5. When the meat is tender and pulls apart easily, remove it from the crock pot, place it on a cutting board and pull the roast with two forks.
  6. Skim any fat off the cooking liquid. Place the pulled meat in a serving dish and ladle the desired amount of sauce over it. All the flavors from the sauce will be absorbed by the meat. Serve warm with your favorite toppings on corn or flour tortillas, corn tostadas, corn taco shells or by itself with some rice and beans.

Recipe Notes

Be careful handling the chipotles in Adobe Sauce - they can stain dishtowels, cutting boards, clothing etc, very easily.

You can substitute beef stock or water for the beer if desired. Remember, the more flavor you put it, the more flavor you'll get out.