Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Roast

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 17, 2009


This uses the sauce in  this recipe from All Recipes that I originally found here at Once a Month Mom

Basically, I just made the sauce and poured it over a beef roast, instead of chicken, in the slow cooker.  Time to prep: 2 minutes. 

Served with some baked sweet potatoes. Time to prep: 2 minutes.

And some steamed green beans from the garden (they keep coming and coming and coming…) Time to prep: 5 minutes.

Seriously, a very hands off meal to prepare!  Just needs time in the slow cooker and in the oven!

(Oh, and the other half of the beef roast went into the freezer!)

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Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Roast

Adapted from: All Recipes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours


  • 2.2 lb. beef roast ($5.15 divided by 2 = $2.60)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (free) This was the last of my free BBQ sauce! Bought with $1 coupon when on sale for $1.
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing ($.10) Bought the bottle for $.49 this week!
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($.02)
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce ($.05)
  • 3 large sweet potatoes (about 1.5 lbs.) ($1.32) Bought for $.88/lb…these will be MUCH cheaper in the coming months.
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon ($.05)
  • Butter or margarine, if you prefer! We don’t.
  • Green Beans (from the garden)


  • Place beef roast in the slow cooker.
  • In small bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and worcestershire sauce. Pour over the beef roast. Set slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Cut slits into sweet potatoes. Place in glass baking dish with 1/4 inch of water and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft and cooked through. Cooking time can vary depending on thickness of the sweet potatoes. Serve with some sprinkles of cinnamon and butter/margarine if you prefer.
  • Wash and cut stems from green beans. Steam in stovetop steamer, or in microwavable dish with water, covered in plastic.
  • Serve Zesty BBQ Beef Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

donna September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I tried this with chicken after you posted your menu earlier in the week. My husband LOVED it. I shredded it and served it over brown rice. I’ll making it again soon.


Heidi September 17, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I made this with the chicken- it was AMAZING!!! The sauce is soooo good. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Even my baby who has decided he doesn’t like meat ate it ALL!


Kristal September 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Oh thank you! I was needing a crock pot recipe for tomorrow and I have ALL of those ingredients! Just need to pick up the sides after co-op!

I love your site!


TidyMom September 18, 2009 at 8:17 am

Thank you!! I’ve been looking for some new CP recipes!! Can I ask, what kind of beef roast did you use?



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

I believe it was a chuck roast…I didn’t look at the package yesterday, but I remember chuck roasts were on sale recently!


Gina September 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

I made this with chicken too and it was DIVINE!!! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. I tweaked mine a bit and posted the recipe on my blog: http://www.itsonlythat.com/2009/09/in-kitchenette-famous-ginas-bbq-chicken.html


TidyMom September 18, 2009 at 10:49 am

Thanks Erin…….roasts ALWAYS confuse me at the store! I can never remember which ones are good for what? LOL


karen January 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I’m a newbie to your site. Everything looks GREAT! Food and costs. I was just wondering about the roasts you buy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1-2 lb. roast. I usually buy about a 4 lb. roast. ALSO! How in the world do you feed your whole family on such a small amount of meat? I haven’t tried any of your recipes YET but am excited to try them. I live in Louisiana and the prices are much higher than your area. I can sometimes get rolls of ground beef for $1.79 per 1 lb. roll. The roast I bought is a rump roast beef for $1.77 per lb. Also, our newspapers don’t put coupons because we’re in such a small area. I will have to rely on the on-line coupons. Hope to find a bunch I can use. Wish me luck!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm


Welcome! We usually eat about 1 lb. of meat/chicken at each meal, sometimes more or less, depending on the meal. It’s what we need/eat for now! Every now and then I’ll get a smaller roast…if not, I’ll use a 3-4 lb. roast and split it up into 2 meals. Just keep those eyes peeled for the best prices in your area!!!


Heidi October 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

How long do you keep the beef in the crockpot? 6-8 hours on low?


Jenn K October 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

Set slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.


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