John Madden's Bbq Beef Sandwiches

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Zesty and tangy! From "John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating"... this is a fabulous BBQ beef recipe for those Sunday or Monday Night Football parties, tailgating at the stadium, or just 'cause they're soooo good. Cook time doesn't include preparation of the roast.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan or small soup pot, brown onions in butter until tender.
  2. Add all other ingredients including cooked and shredded beef.
  3. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 2 hours, uncovering for the last 1/2 hour or so; or in a crock pot on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. (I can't vouch for the crock pot method, but stovetop works just fine!).
  5. Serve on buns or rolls.


Most Helpful

I LOVE BBQ, and this is some of the BEST! Definitely the best I have ever fixed. We loved it! I made the roast in the crock pot so it would be nice and tender, and I used another reviewer's suggestion of using beef broth instead of water. Other than that, I made it exactly as directed. Thanks for the recipe! It will be going in my favorites.

Lucky Clover January 20, 2009

Great recipe!! I tripled this recipe to serve at a football dinner - made it "as is" except left the celery out because I was serving teens and you never know with them! I cooked my chuck roasts ahead of time in the crock pot and then put it all in an electric roaster and cooked on 200-250 for about 6 hours. The boys went crazy over it and my son said the boys are still talking about the meal. This one is a keeper and will be made again. Thanks for sharing!

DDW September 18, 2011

We loved this, but I, like others, did not follow the recipe. Used a bone-in chuck roast, browned in a Dutch over, then into oven with 2 cups of water, covered for 2 hours. I didn't have 2 c of ketchup, so used about 1 c plus some bbq sauce and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Skipped the Tabasco and used 1/2 t cayenne instead. Used only 1 T sugar and it was plenty sweet for us. Yum!

princesstrish October 14, 2008

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