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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sliders

These sweet and smoky shredded beef sliders are topped with tangy pickled red onions. The perfect recipe for entertaining a crowd!

beef sliders with pickled onions on a bun

With the outdoor entertaining season in full swing, I love nothing more than creating crowd-pleasing slow cooker recipes that I can prep ahead of time!

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These tender, juicy pulled beef sandwiches are easy to make and ideal for feeding a crowd. To start, I simply rub a beef chuck roast with cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika and brown sugar. A little beer is poured on top which adds a delicious, subtle background flavor as the beef slowly cooks.

Shredded Beef Sliders with Pickled Red Onions 1
Pulled Beef Sliders with Pickled Onions Recipe

For a bit a tanginess and crunch, I pickle red onions in a little lime juice and salt. In as little as 30 minutes, the red onions turn into pickles and become sweet and tender.

Frequently asked questions:

What can beef sliders be served on?

We like to serve these pulled beef sandwiches on soft rolls but you could just as easily serve them in a warmed tortilla and make them into tacos or over brown rice for a burrito bowl.

How do you pickle red onions?

Prepare pickled red onions by tossing onion slices with lime juice and salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more. The more you stir the onions, the faster they pickle.

Slow Cooker Beef Sliders Recipe

If you’re entertaining, both the pulled beef and the pickled red onions can be done at least one or two days ahead of time. This means you can relax and enjoy your guests instead of fussing over a hot grill or stove.

Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Slider Recipe

If you don’t have beef on hand, a pork shoulder would work great as well. Looking for an option with Chicken? Check out my Chicken Salad Sliders recipe instead.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Slider Recipe

Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sliders with Pickled Red Onions

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These sweet and smoky pulled beef sliders are topped with tangy pickled red onions. The perfect recipe for entertaining a crowd!
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 4 hrs
TOTAL: 4 hrs 10 mins
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Servings: 16

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large yellow onion (thinly sliced)
  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 12 ounces beer (or beef stock)
  • buns (for serving)

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 large red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup lime juice (about one lime)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Place onion slices in the bottom of the slow cooker insert and top with chuck roast.
  • In a small bowl, mix together all spices (salt through cayenne). Rub mixture evenly all over the beef chuck roast. Pour beer or beef broth on top and cover with lid. Heat on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  • While beef is cooking, prepare pickled red onions by tossing onion slices with lime juice and salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more. The more you stir the onions, the faster they pickle.
  • When beef is done cooking, shred apart with two forks. Serve on buns with pickled red onions.

Notes

Each sandwich should be about 1/3 cup beef and 1 tablespoon pickled red onions. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 19gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 653mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 2.4mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2.8mg
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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