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Barbecue Chipotle Beef

Until this summer, my slow cooker was something reserved for winter when I wanted  something warm and hearty.  However, something about this summer has me breaking out the crockpot almost every week.  Who know it could create such great summer recipes?  This recipe is incredibly simple and combines smoky chipotle with barbecue sauce.  The beef comes out flavorful and fork tender – perfect for any summer barbecue  or piled into a sandwich.  This would also work with chicken.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chipotle Beef
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 155.3 calories, 4.7 g of fat, 8.9 g of carbohydrates, 1.3 g of fiber 26.1 g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

3 lbs beef eye round or bottom round roast, all fat trimmed
2 cups of barbecue sauce (mine has 20 calories per 2 tbsp)
1/2 cup blended chipotles (I use Clemente Jacques Chipotle Molidos but if you can’t find that you can just blend canned chipotles)

1. Stir the barbecue sauce and chipotle together to create the sauce.

2. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper and add to the crockpot. Pour the sauce over the beef.

3. Cook for 6 hours. Shred with a fork and cook an additional 10-20 minutes to let the sauce thicken up. Enjoy!

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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10 Response to Barbecue Chipotle Beef

  1. debbie on August 25, 2011

    If I use chicken instead of beef, is it still 3 lb?

    • debbie on August 26, 2011

      and how would it change the calories and points?

  2. Brian on July 11, 2012

    Are you sure about the nutritional info? My bottle of “regular” BBQ sauce is 60cals/serving, 14 servings/bottle = 840 cal., chiles = 75 cal for the can, and eye round by most calcs is ~45 cals/oz. Totals up to 3075, which divided by the 12 servings notes is over 250 cals/serving.

    • Kristen on July 19, 2012

      Thanks for the comment. According to the calculations I used the beef round would be about 1500 calories total once trimmed of all the fat. Then the barbecue sauce I use has 20 calories per serving and for 2 cups it is 320 for 2 cups barbecue sauce, and 30 calories for the 1/2 cup chiles. This adds up to 1840 calories total.

      I am really glad you pointed this out though because different brands have different calorie amounts so sometimes things can differ slightly when the recipes are prepared using what you have at home. I am going to add the bbq sauce info to the recipe to let people know. Thanks!

  3. Aly on January 23, 2014

    Do you cook it for 6 hours on low or high?

  4. Aaron on June 8, 2014

    Is there a trick to getting this to shred? I’ve made it a couple of times, but ended up having to slice it since it wouldn’t shred.

    • Kristen on June 10, 2014

      What kind of beef are your buying? I haven’t had any trouble shredding it so I am wondering if perhaps it is the cut of beef.

  5. jamiellen on July 7, 2014

    My beef didn’t shred easily, any tips? It was super tasty though. Once I shred it, do I leave the top of the slow cooker off to let the sauce thicken?

    • Kristen on July 9, 2014

      What cut off beef did you use? It should shred pretty easily after it cooks the full time. Sometimes if it isn’t shredding it actually means it needs to cook more so I would recommend letting it stay in there until it shred easily. In terms of the sauce after shredding, I usually leave the lid open to let it reduce a bit. If you need a quicker option, you can pour it into a saucepan and simmer it on the stove until it thickens up.


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