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

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

  • Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Bake the barbacoa in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours until very tender. Uncover the beef, and shred with two forks while still hot.

Nutrition Facts

175.1 calories; protein 13.5g 27% DV; carbohydrates 1.1g; fat 12.7g 20% DV; cholesterol 51.7mg 17% DV; sodium 306.5mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2011
The rub for this was excellent though I felt that it needed a bit more salt. I don't tend to salt my food at the table and prefer things less salty but this could use about another 1/2 tsp. I decided to slice my meat instead of shred and that made it better for burritos. Next time I'll add more salt and more cayenne to give it a bit more bite. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2019
I made this recipe I smoked it for 3 hours and baked in the oven for 2 hours on 200 f I don't know why it stayed rubbery can't chew it pull it apart for sure not I wish someone could guide me on this. Read More
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2011
The rub for this was excellent though I felt that it needed a bit more salt. I don't tend to salt my food at the table and prefer things less salty but this could use about another 1/2 tsp. I decided to slice my meat instead of shred and that made it better for burritos. Next time I'll add more salt and more cayenne to give it a bit more bite. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2013
Use chipotle peppers instead of the cayenne - much more favorable. Also why in heavens name use boneless meat. The bone adds so much more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2016
Overall this turned out amazing. The rub had very good flavor. The time in the oven brought a hickory smoke amazing smell into the house while this was cooking. I would have rated 5 stars if it had a bit more salt and my roast really needed to cook in the oven for over 2 hours before it easily shredded. Making the above adjustments I will be doing this again. I served this burrito style with black beans and cilantro rice with fresh tomato salsa and guacamole. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2014
Absolutely delicious, only thing I changed was I completely left out the salt. Works great for pulled pork sandwiches too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2015
this has become one of my favorite recipes. I love the smoke flavor and thereby as well. my whole family eats it all. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2019
I made this recipe I smoked it for 3 hours and baked in the oven for 2 hours on 200 f I don't know why it stayed rubbery can't chew it pull it apart for sure not I wish someone could guide me on this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2020
Fantastic spices. I would say instead of doing 1-1/2 hrs, I did mine for 2 hrs and didn't put it in the oven. I did charcoal with hickory wood chunks. Love the recipe!!! Will be making again! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/26/2015
This is only getting two stars for the rub. Read More