Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Stew

Total Time
8hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs

This recipe comes from It sounded good and comforting for the winter months. I have made some adjustments to the recipe. Remember not all slow cookers are created the same, adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil and brown the meat in batches.
  2. As the meat browns transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker.
  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce, sprinkle with the coffee granules.
  4. Top with onions, carrots and potatoes; cover with lid and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  5. Turn heat to high, stir in thawed peas and remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce; cover and cook an additional 30 minutes or until heated through.
Most Helpful

We really enjoyed this stew. I like the addition of the bbq sauce, gave it a little sweet taste. My husband said it made the peas taste like baked beans. I did add a half of can of tomato soup as it was drying out half way through the cooking cyle, plus we like our stew soupy.

morgainegeiser April 23, 2014

This was a hit at this house, even in July! I used onion flakes because they will melt into the dish and gave the flavor but DH can't pick them out and I totally forgot to add the peas but we loved it. The bbq sauce was a very nice change up in flavor and fit perfectly with summer. I had little juice (or gravy) but it wasn't a problem for us. If you want gravy for rice or anything you'll likely need to add more sauce and water. Made for Photo Tag.

Annacia July 19, 2009

I chose this recipe to use up some bbq sauce and I'm glad I did! Even though I only used 1/2 cup of bbq sauce (this was all that was left in the bottle) it was fine and didn't add any extra liquid resulting in a very good stew with only a little broth - just the way I like it! Thanks for sharing this keeper which we will be having often!

ellie_ February 28, 2007