Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa


This tender smoked barbacoa beef tastes great on burritos and tacos. My family of 8 goes nuts over it, and 5 pounds of this meat isn't enough to satisfy them. It takes a long time to prepare, but the wait is worth the effort.

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


  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1 (3 pound) boneless beef chuck roast


  1. Prepare a smoker with dampened hickory wood charcoal. The heat inside your grill or smoker should be around 180 to 200 degrees F (80 to 95 degrees C).

  2. Combine black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and seasoned salt in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed.

  3. Place chuck roast in a mixing bowl, and rub all over with the spice mixture. Place meat into smoker, and smoke for 1 1/2 hours, turning about every half hour. The meat should be dark red and the edges should be darkened. Place meat in a roasting pan, and seal tightly with aluminum foil.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  5. Bake meat in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until very tender.

  6. Uncover meat, and shred with two forks while still hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 145mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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