Slow Cooker Cowboy Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Cowboy Sandwiches are the ultimate BBQ beef sandwiches. Colby jack cheese, BBQ pulled chuck roast, bacon, diced jalapenos, and crispy fried onions come together to create a BBQ sandwich that will have everyone drooling.

two slow cooker cowboy sandwiches on a metal tray

BBQ sandwiches are a staple of summer around here, and one of our favorite ways to make them is in the slow cooker. We can cook our beef until it’s falling apart any time we don’t want to fire up the grill or on rainy days. It’s perfect!

spoonful of shredded beef and fried onions on a wooden spoon held about the slow cooker

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It features tender, juicy BBQ beef.
  • It only uses a few ingredients.
  • It’s a hearty, delicious sandwich that’s so easy to make.


bowls of chuck roast, brown sugar, garlic, chipped bacon, sliced onions, jalapeno peppers, fried onions, worcheshire sauce and bbq sauce on a white background

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. The beauty of these sandwiches is that they pack a punch of flavor without using a ton of ingredients. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • Chuck roast
  • BBQ sauce
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Onion – sliced
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic cloves – minced
  • Brown sugar
  • Canned diced jalapenos
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Buns

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Cowboy Sandwiches

Making these sandwiches is incredibly easy, and we all like that! The majority of the work is done by the slow cooker. After that, you just make the sandwiches and enjoy!

raw beef roast, onions, bacon, and seasonings in a slow cooker liner

Step 1: Add the Ingredients to the Slow Cooker

Add the chuck roast, BBQ sauce, half of the cooked bacon, the onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and half the diced jalapenos.

Step 2: Cook

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours until the meat falls apart with a fork.

Step 3: Shred the Beef

Drain most of the liquid from the slow cooker, reserving about a cup, and shred the beef using two forks.

cooked roast for cowboy sandwiches in a slow cooker

Step 4: Make the Sandwiches

Add a slice of cheese to the bottom buns. Then, top with shredded beef, bacon, jalapenos, and crispy fried onions. Add the top bun and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Mild – Omit the diced jalapenos.
  • BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe.
  • Cheese – Use your favorite cheese for these sandwiches.
  • Chips – Potato chips make a tasty variation used in place of fried onions.

If this slow cooker BBQ beef sandwich looks good to you, then check out our slow cooker rodeo sloppy joes.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Slow cooker
  • 2 forks
cowboy sandwich held in a woman's hand in the air

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate the BBQ beef with the reserved liquid in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Choose a chuck roast with plenty of marbling for the juiciest, most tender beef.
  • Reserve some of the liquid for easier reheating.
  • Steam your buns for extra soft and delicious buns.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is the best cut of beef for pulled sandwiches?

Chuck roast is the best cut of beef for pulled sandwiches. It’s full of fat and conective tissue that breaks down as the roast is cooked slowly over low heat, creating tender, juicy pulled beef. You might also find chuck roast labeled as shoulder roast, chuck eye roast, or amr chuck roast.

How do you pick the best chuck roast?

Look for a roast that has plenty of fat and marbling. That’s what breaks down as the roast cooks to make it incredibly tender.

Does a slow cooker work as well as the oven for pot roast?

Slow cookers do an exceptional job when it comes to pot roast. The low temperature and long cooking time are perfect for this cut of beef.

🍽 More Recipes

Do you enjoy slow cooker recipes? Then try these delicious recipes:

📌 PIN IT!!

two slow cooker cowboy sandwiches on a metal tray

🧾Recipe Card

Want to make this recipe? Print the recipe card below, or pin this recipe, so you can find it later.

two slow cooker cowboy sandwiches on a metal tray

Slow Cooker Cowboy Sandwiches

These slow cooker cowboy sandwiches are full of slow-cooked BBQ chuck roast, cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and crispy fried onions.
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 1108kcal


  • slow cooker


  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • Half an onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoons worcheshire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounce can diced jalapenos
  • Sliced colby jack cheese
  • 6 Buns
  • Crispy fried onions


  • Into the slow cooker add your beef, bbq sauce, half of the cooked bacon, the onion, worcheshire sauce, garlic, brown sugar and half of the jalapenos.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours until the meat fall apart with a fork.
  • Shred the beef using 2 forks.
  • Drain most of the liquid from the slow cooker.
  • Assemble your sandwiches.
  • Place a slice of cheese down on your bun.
  • Add the shredded beef.
  • Top with the leftover bacon and jalapenos.
  • Top with the crispy fried onions.
  • Serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 1108kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 2036mg | Potassium: 1234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 17mg

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.