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Slow Cooked Pulled Beef (in the oven)

Slow cooked pulled beef in red Staub ramekin on black background pinit

What to do with a chuck roast? That was the question that started this journey. The only recipe I’d previously used chuck roasts for is pot roasts, which are less than exciting in my book. I’m hoping that you can find joy in this way tastier version of a chuck roast, my oven-roasted slow-cooked pulled beef.

A Better Purpose for Chuck Roast

As you may know, I try to buy my meat in bulk from local, trustworthy farms. These farms treat their animals humanely and value sustainability.

Part of that sustainability is using the whole animal. This means I often end up with certain cuts of meat that I’m not used to using when buying in bulk. Which is why I had 3 chuck roasts in my freezer and no idea what to do with them!

I really didn’t want to make a pot roast!

After a quick Pinterest search, I realized that I had accidentally been saving the best for last! Because you can totally use a chuck roast (or any big honkin roast) to make pulled beef! So I went ahead and used that chuck roast to make slow cooked pulled beef in the oven and it was amazing!

I can’t believe I had been sitting on this magical cut for so long.

Pulled Beef Inspiration

This roast turned pulled beef recipe that I’m sharing with you today was inspired by my pulled pork recipe and the talented Danielle Walker’s beef short ribs from her cookbook Celebrations

It ended up being a super simple recipe only using ingredients I had on hand. And I can’t stop making it!

A Simple Recipe – This Pulled Beef will turn into a Classic

This recipe has become a staple because it is so easy to make. It is very flexible and forgiving, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. Also, it makes quite a large portion so it is great for entertaining or meal prep. Any extra freezes excellently. 

Fingers grabbing pieces of slow cooked pulled beef from red ceramic ramekin on white marble  background

It might even turn into a good excuse to open some wine because you’ll need the leftovers for this main dish.

This slow cooked pulled beef pairs well with anything you’d expect pulled beef to go well with:

  • mashed potatoes
  • tacos
  • pureed parsnips
  • a hearty breakfast scramble
  • pumpkin curry
  • did I mention tacos?
  • or just on its own at a BBQ.  

Making the Pulled Beef in the Oven

This recipe brings summer indoors all year long. It also makes a great second choice to a smoker. No need for grills, warm weather, or early mornings with the smoker with this recipe. 

But the oven doesn’t get all the glory.

This adventure starts on the stove. You’ll want to use a dutch oven so you can sear the meat on the stove top and then transfer the pan to the oven to continue slow cooking.

Pulled beef seared and slow cooked in a red dutch oven with wine and broth, perfect for curries, tacos, or just on its own on teal blue background

A Better Purpose for Chuck Roast

As you may know, I try to buy my meat in bulk from local, trustworthy farms. These farms treat their animals humanely and value sustainability.

Part of that sustainability is using the whole animal. This means I often end up with certain cuts of meat that I’m not used to using when buying in bulk. Which is why I had 3 chuck roasts in my freezer and no idea what to do with them!

I really didn’t want to make a pot roast!

After a quick Pinterest search, I realized that I had accidentally been saving the best for last! Because you can totally use a chuck roast (or any big honkin roast) to make pulled beef! So I went ahead and used that chuck roast to make slow cooked pulled beef in the oven and it was amazing!

I can’t believe I had been sitting on this magical cut for so long.

Pulled Beef Inspiration

This roast turned pulled beef recipe that I’m sharing with you today was inspired by my pulled pork recipe and the talented Danielle Walker’s beef short ribs from her cookbook Celebrations

It ended up being a super simple recipe only using ingredients I had on hand. And I can’t stop making it!

A Simple Recipe – This Pulled Beef will turn into a Classic

This recipe has become a staple because it is so easy to make. It is very flexible and forgiving, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. Also, it makes quite a large portion so it is great for entertaining or meal prep. Any extra freezes excellently. 

Fingers grabbing pieces of slow cooked pulled beef from red ceramic ramekin on white marble  background


It might even turn into a good excuse to open some wine because you’ll need the leftovers for this main dish.

This slow cooked pulled beef pairs well with anything you’d expect pulled beef to go well with:

  • mashed potatoes
  • tacos
  • pureed parsnips
  • a hearty breakfast scramble
  • pumpkin curry
  • did I mention tacos?
  • or just on its own at a BBQ.  

Making the Pulled Beef in the Oven

This recipe brings summer indoors all year long. It also makes a great second choice to a smoker. No need for grills, warm weather, or early mornings with the smoker with this recipe. 

But the oven doesn’t get all the glory.

This adventure starts on the stove. You’ll want to use a dutch oven so you can sear the meat on the stove top and then transfer the pan to the oven to continue slow cooking.

Pulled beef seared and slow cooked in a red dutch oven with wine and broth, perfect for curries, tacos, or just on its own on teal blue background

Slow Cooked Pulled Beef Ingredients

The ingredients are simple and I usually already have them at the house. On top of that, this recipe is quite flexible. If you don’t have garlic or onion but you do have celery and carrot, that will be totally cool!

Don’t worry, you can’t mess up this slow cooked pulled beef!

The Ingredients:

The key ingredients for slow cooked pulled beef are ghee, chuck roast, red wine, bone broth, and seasonings. The seasonings I used are garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. However, those are very flexible. 

Veggies and Seasoning

Feel free to substitute shallots or scallions. Use red, white or yellow onions. Skip both garlic and onion using celery and carrot instead. Fennel bulb, parsley, cilantro or rosemary would also be great additions. 

Use salt and pepper when browning the meat. For this recipe, I recommend Himalayan sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. 

Dry Red Wine

The wine can be any red wine, however dry red pairs best. Make sure to use a higher quality wine that you would actually drink. If you replace it with a super sweet or low-quality wine you will see that reflected in the flavor profile of the finished dish. Nobody wants jammy slow cooked pulled beef. 

The wine gives flavor, so you don’t want to use a wine that has gone off or a bad wine. I used a Woodbridge cab sav for this recipe but any dry red will do!

Bone Broth

Following the theme of flexibility, you can also use any broth for this recipe. Since it is a beef dish, ideally you would also use beef broth. However, chicken, bison, or other poultry broth will work just as well. 

I usually take a jar of homemade broth out of the freezer for this. Making your own broth is super easy! Just add vegetables, bones and cold water to a soup pot and let the mixture simmer for 6-32 hours. Go here for the full guide on how to make your own bone broth.  

Pulled beef seared and slow cooked in a red dutch oven with wine and broth, perfect for curries, tacos, or just on its own on white and black background
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