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{Slow Cooker} Sweet Barbacoa

This flavorful sweet barbacoa recipe is slow cooked all day long leaving it tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Perfect for tacos, burritos, salads, or whatever else you can dream of to put it on.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: meat
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 8
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Serene



  • 5 lb roast I use chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp oil olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • tsp garlic salt


  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, drizzle with a small amount of oil. Sear the roast on all sides for about 1 minute each side.
  • Place the seared roast into the slow cooker.
  • In a medium size bowl combine the other ingredients and stir until fully combined. Pour the spice mixture over the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Cook over LOW heat for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred. Return to the slow cooker and stir into the remaining sauce. Let simmer on high for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, or store in closed container in refrigerator.


If using pork, you may need to cook 7-8+ hours on low to get tender, easy to shred pork. Also let the meat simmer in the sauce after shredding for an additional 20-30 minutes to get more flavor.
Recipe is for a larger 5 lb roast. Can easily be divided in half to make a 2.5 lb roast. Cooking time is the same.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Sodium: 240mg | Sugar: 13g