Easy Crock Pot Shredded Beef

The best meals are those that take 5 minutes to prepare and are waiting for you when you get home from work, am I right? I for one LOVE shredded beef, pulled pork, and shredded chicken, especially when it is as easy as throwing it in the crock pot and leaving it all day to cook! Now that it is officially fall my crock pot is back out on the counter to stay! It is my absolute favorite appliance now through April and gets used on a nearly daily basis.  Soups, stews, shredded meat, bone broth, curries, apple butter, you name it!

If you are like me and want to spend as little time as possible preparing dinner most nights, then this recipe is for you! Plus its can be pretty cost effective too because you buy one large chuck roast and can eat leftovers for days (if you are single, like me! ) OR you can make enough to feed a big family too! Win, win.

I have officially been off work for 12 days in a row now, and let me tell you; it’s the bomb. I am getting a lot of things done that I need to do, like get back in shape (end of summer pretty much got the best of me in the not going to the gym department), find a new apartment, catch up with friends before they move away, etc.  It has been fun and semi-hectic for not having to work… apparently I am really good at keeping myself scheduled even when I have 8 more hours everyday to do so. Guess I’m a busy body or something.

So it’s now football season and maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really care that much… Am I the only one who feels like this? I mean I will watch a game every once in awhile with friends, obviously not paying much attention, but all sorts of my girlfriends seem like they actually care… It’s weird.  Let me know if you don’t care either so I feel better about not caring 🙂

Lastly, I am not promising I won’t have a 3rd apple recipe coming up… #sorrynotsorry I just heart apples and they are the best thing fall brings each year so sue me. Or don’t, because right now I wouldn’t be able to afford it with the not working thing… Also, sorry about the non-cute photos, I used my iphone for some of them.. oops 🙂

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles, The Freckled Foodie

Instagram: Served with steamed broccoli!

or served over a salad!

Easy Crock Pot Shredded Beef

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  • Yield: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Entree, Beef, Crock Pot


  • 6-8lb Chuck Beef Roast
  • 1/4c of your favorite seasoning blend (sugar free for Whole30)
  • 6 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp White pepper
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp Sea salt


  1. Let your roast come to room temperature
  2. Coat all sides with whatever seasoning blend that you like
  3. Peel the garlic cloves and smash them with the flat portion of a butcher knife till they open a bit
  4. Cut 1 inch deep into the roast for each garlic clove and push them in until you can’t see them anymore
  5. Place in crock pot and roast on low for 8 hours
  6. Remove the roast from the crock pot into a large shallow bowl to shred the beef with two forks
  7. Pour off the drippings into a jar and use a baster to get the juices (not the fat on top) to put back in with the beef (you can save the fat to cook with if it is grass-fed otherwise toss it)
  8. Once it is all shredded and you have added the juices, add the spices, coconut aminos, and salt and stir to combine
  9. Eat as is or use for tacos, in egg scrambles, on salads, or whatever else sounds good!

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Comments: 19

  1. KG September 28, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

    Hi Rachel – I’m mainly posting to tell you I don’t care about football either. 🙂 My hubby wishes I did… and I’ve tried a bit to both understand and care.. but as long as I have my smartphone, I can deal.

    On another note, I am ISO a great crock pot – have any suggestions? I’m willing to invest a little as long as it’s a good investment. I used to have a basic crock and it got lost in my move many years ago (don’t ask me how that happened exactly because I really don’t know other than the movers just didn’t give me one of my boxes)… I can’t wait to have one in my house again and I’m excited to try this recipe when I do land on a slow cooker that’s good for me!

    Thanks in advance for any crock pot suggestions!!

  2. Stacy October 3, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    I am definitely going to try this recipe! Where do you buy coconut aminos? Any chance Whole Foods has it?

    • thefreckledfoodie October 3, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

      Stacy, most WF will have coconut aminos, if not you can get it shipped on Amazon!

  3. Diana October 8, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

    I tried this last weekend and swear it is the best pot roast I have ever eaten. My family ate from it for the entire week! I want to make it on a smaller scale, like a 3-4 pound roast. Would I adjust the cooking time for that? I’m a very inexperienced cook, so sorry if the question is stupid!

    • thefreckledfoodie October 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

      Diana, well you just made my day 🙂 If you are doing a smaller roast I would definitely check it at 5 hours and see if you can easily start to shred it. If it isn’t quite there yet then wait another hour and check it again in the same way. Not a stupid question at all!

      • Diana October 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

        Thank you! Can’t wait to make this again on Sunday 🙂

  4. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix November 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

    This recipe looks easy, delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol. So, thank you! I just started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/11/06/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-2/

    • thefreckledfoodie November 9, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

      Eileen, I’m glad I could help you out with your AIP cooking! I will definitely link up 🙂

  5. Gretchen E February 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm Reply

    I’m going to try this tomorrow!! 🙂 I have been looking all night for a good recipe and I have to go with a fellow Minnesotan! 🙂

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  9. Sarah January 18, 2015 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I made your sweet potato, tomato, arugula & bacon quiche this week (it was so good, my husband requested it again and it’s cooling on the counter). I loved it so much that I need to try more of your recipes! This one looks awesome but I’m wondering what seasoning blend you recommend? We’re on our Whole30 and my favorite (and only blend) has sugar. Thanks so much!

    • thefreckledfoodie January 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm Reply

      Sarah, so glad you found me and are trying more recipes 🙂 Melissa Joulwan at The Clothes Make the Girl has AWESOME blends and nearly all of them are Whole30 approved! The Morroccan Spice Blend is amazing!

  10. Melissa Dickmann May 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm Reply

    excited to try this recipe! What seasoning blend would you rec? Would love to know what you use:)

    • thefreckledfoodie May 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply

      Melissa, I personally love Flavor God seasonings! ALL of them are amazing 🙂

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