'lil' John's Oven Deep Pit

Total Time
12hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 hrs

A well seasoned shredded beef recipe that will keep em' commin'. Slow cooked and the aroma in your house will drive em' nuts! Its enough for a large dinner party. And the leftovers are even better the next day, if there's any left that is.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Additional Items needed: Large Roasting or Sheet Pan, Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, Butchers String, Large Brown Paper Shopping Bag.
  2. Tear 3 sheets of aluminum foil large enough to cover and seal meat.
  3. Place meat in a mixing bowl and pour the soy sauce over meat and being sure to get the soy sauce all over the meat.
  4. Place meat on the sheets of foil.
  5. Mix all the dry seasonings together and rub over the top and sides of the meat.
  6. Bring the first sheet of foil sides up and fold together being careful not to let the liquid run out, Then fold up the ends of the foil to seal, Make sure there are no leaks.
  7. Continue folding up the remaining sheets of foil one at a time.
  8. Carefully place the wrapped meat in the bottom of the Brown Paper Bag and fold the bag snugly and tie up with the two pieces of butchers string.
  9. I like to refrigerate 1-2 hours before cooking, However you can cook right away.
  10. When ready to cook preheat oven to 225°F.
  11. Place the meat package (keep it in the foil and paper bag tied)in the roasting pan or sheet pan and cook for 12 hours.
  12. Pull the packaged meat out and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
  13. Remove the paper bag and carefully (It's Hot!) open the foil and lift the meat out with a spatula (the meat should be falling apart)and place into a deep container, Retain all the juices, with 2 forks shred the meat well and pour the remaining juices over the meat and stir.
  14. Serve with sour cream, salsa or whatever ya like.


Most Helpful

Yeah I think that rambling review was for something entirely different than this recipe. I was worried about making this, but it came out like heaven. So moist and tasty.

Meghan November 10, 2008

I tried this recipe for our family reunion and this was gone in 60 sec. now everyone want a repeat.GREAT GREAT

Babe Pendleton August 28, 2004

No offense to Robxxyy but I think he was reviewing another recipe. The smell of this cooking resembles an amazing roast, nothing like hot dogs and I don't see sugar or beer in the list of ingredients. I had to rate this because the seasonings alone make a FANTASTIC rub for meats. I use it on all my roasts now. I've made the deep pit twice and I have to say that I haven't noticed the paper bag make a difference but, it's delicious either way. Thanks for posting Johnney!

MindyP679 October 26, 2008

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