This pulled beef recipe is perfect to feed a crowd. It is the ultimate comfort food for me. Pulled Beef BBQ on homemade buns with coleslaw is such a quintessential lunch growing up. Comfort food doesn’t get any better than this!

Going home is always a good thing.  And I am not talking about just getting to your house each day.  I am talking about going home, back to your roots, back to the everyday things that remind you of being home with friends or family.  Sometimes it’s not even an actual place, but home almost always involves food.  Whatever you eat at home is your comfort food. For me, this pulled beer recipe is the epitome of home.

Going home for me means my mom’s cooking. I don’t care how old you get, eating something prepared by the person who raised you is just the  Generally it is classic American comfort foods, hearty and homemade. 

What are the most popular comfort foods?

As you can most likely guess, the most popular comfort foods include: pizza, chocolate, ice cream, mac-and-cheese, pasta, chips and burgers.

When I think of comfort foods there are so many that come to mind- but being in the kitchen with my mom making all the things she has made for years is always at the top.  If you were to ask any of my siblings, children or my husband, David about what their favorite comfort foods entail, I’m sure this Pulled Beef recipe would be on their lists. It is so good I wanted to share the whole meal with you. 

My favorite comfort food memory.

I remember one of the times we made the pulled beef recipe is when we were at my Mom and Dad’s house with the twins.  The twins both went to college in the Northeast near my parent’s home so we used their place as our meeting place during those college years.  I think there is still some of the twins’ stuff in their basement…

This meal was perfect as I sent the twins back off to college. The fact I was able to make it with my mom was a bonus. It brought comfort to all on many levels. 

One of our favorite recipes for lunch or dinner is this pulled beef recipe on a homemade bun served with several side dishes.  We got quite ambitious and made Warm Potato Salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. Of course, I add some bread and butter pickles to my sandwich. This is such delicious comfort food. Heaven! 

Let’s get started on making the Pulled Beef recipe on homemade buns with coleslaw.

First things first, we need to make the buns! Don’t be scared off by the homemade buns, as they are so delicious and worth the effort.

The UBER delicious Homemade Hamburger Buns.

To make the buns, you will need:

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 C bread flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2-1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp light cream
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tbsp salt

For the egg wash

  • Beat the egg with the light cream

PREPARATION

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put the yeast, 1/2 C all-purpose flour, and 1 tsp sugar into a bowl or a mixer.
  • With wire whisk, add egg, melted butter, 2 tsp sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.
  • Add the rest of the flour, starting with 1/2 C at a time.  (All flours are different and depending on the mix of flours you use, adjust the amount accordingly until you get a sticky dough).
  • Change to the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes and add more flour if needed.
  • Form dough into a ball on the work surface, using a little flour if needed.
  • Roll in a bowl that has been greased with butter or oil – make sure the entire ball is coated.
  • Cover with saran wrap and a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled.  This might take as much as two hours.
  • Turn dough out and pat out air bubbles and form into pie shape about 1/2 ” thick.
  • Cut with a knife into 10-12 pie-shaped pieces.
  • Tuck and roll to make a ball with the ends twisted at the bottom to seal.
  • Flatten with your hand to about 1/2″.
  • Put dough on cookie sheets about 1 inch apart and cover with saran that has been oiled or make sure there is enough flour on rolls, so the saran doesn’t stick to them.  I like to sprinkle with flour.
  • Let your homemade rolls rise for 1 hour.
  • Remove saran wrap and brush carefully with egg wash.
  • Bake your homemade buns at 375 for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Next up, let’s get to work on the Pulled Beef BBQ!

 

This BBQ Pulled Beef recipe is amazing. Just get in there and use your hands!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • Barbecue seasoning
  • 1 whole onion sliced
  • 2 C ketchup (the coke bottle in the picture is homemade ketchup from our friend Laura)
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

  • Rub chuck with BBQ seasoning and salt and pepper.
  • Let it rest for 1/2 hour or more.
  • Brown chuck on all sides in 3 T olive oil.
  • Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes – be careful not to burn the meat or onions.
  • Mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.
  • Cover the meat with the mixture.
  • Add 1 C water.
  • Bring to a boil on the stove and cover.
  • Roast in a 325-degree oven for 2 hours or until tender.
  • Add more water or ketchup/cider mixture as needed.
  • When the meat has cooled, pull apart with two forks or clean hands

There’s nothing better than coleslaw with this Pulled Beef recipe. So let’s make it!

Coleslaw With Celery Seed Dressing

Cole Slaw with Celery Seed Dressing.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 head green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 4 carrots long grated
  • 1 sweet or red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp celery seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

PREPARATION

  • Mix together the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour dressing over coleslaw and mix well.

Now, you can also make the coleslaw the way my mom makes it in her cookbook. Of course, she says her way is the right way. You be the judge.

Serve the pulled beef bbq on the homemade hamburger buns with the sides of your choosing.  You may even want to put the coleslaw on the sandwich.  And, of course, don’t forget the pickles…

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Trust me. This pulled beef recipe will go fast.

 – DANA (AND HER MOM)

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD RECIPE?

PULLED BEEF BBQ ON HOMEMADE BUNS WITH COLESLAW

PULLED BEEF BBQ ON HOMEMADE BUNS WITH COLESLAW

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Want to feed a crowd? Pulled Beef BBQ on Homemade Buns with Cole Slaw is perfect! Comfort food doesn't get any better than this recipe!

Ingredients

  • For the homemade rolls:
  • * 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • * 1 C bread flour
  • * 1 C all purpose flour
  • * 1/2-1 C whole wheat flour
  • * 1 C warm water
  • * 1 large egg
  • * 1 tbsp light cream
  • * 3 tbsp melted butter
  • * 1 tbsp sugar
  • * 1 1/4 tbsp salt
  • For the egg wash
  • * Beat the egg with the light cream
  • For the Pulled Beef BBQ:
  • * 4 lb chuck roast
  • * Barbecue seasoning
  • * 1 whole onion sliced
  • * 2 C ketchup (the coke bottle in the picture is homemade ketchup from our friend Laura)
  • * 1/2 C brown sugar
  • * 1/3 C cider vinegar
  • * Olive oil
  • * Salt and pepper
  • For the Cole Slaw:
  • * 1/2 head green cabbage thinly sliced
  • * 1/2 head red cabbage thinly sliced
  • * 4 carrots long grated
  • * 1 sweet or red onion thinly sliced
  • * 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • * 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • * 1/4 cup olive oil
  • * 1 tbsp celery seeds
  • * 1 tsp salt
  • * 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

To Make the Homemade Rolls:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Put the yeast, 1/2 C all purpose flour, and 1 tsp sugar into bowl of mixer.

With wire whisk, add egg, melted butter, 2 tsp sugar, and salt to yeast mixture.

Add the rest of the flour, starting with 1/2 C at a time.  (All flours are different and depending on mix of flours you use, adjust amount accordingly until you get a sticky dough).

Change to dough hook and knead for 10 minutes and add more flour if needed.

Form dough into a a ball on work surface, using a little flour if needed.

Roll in a bowl that has been greased with butter or oil - make sure entire ball is coated.

Cover with saran wrap and a towel and let rise in warm place until doubled.  This might take as much as two hours.

Turn dough out and pat out air bubbles and form into pie shape about 1/2 " thick.

Cut with a knife into 10-12 pie shaped pieces.

Tuck and roll to make a ball with the ends twisted at the bottom to seal.

Flatten with your hand to about 1/2".

Put dough on cookie sheets about 1 inch apart and cover with saran that has been oiled or make sure there is enough flour on rolls, so the saran doesn't stick to them.  I like to sprinkle with flour.

Let rise 1 hour.

Remove saran and brush carefully with egg wash.

Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

For the Pulled Beef BBQ:

Rub chuck with BBQ seasoning and salt and pepper.

Let rest for 1/2 hour or more.

Brown chuck on all sides in 3 T olive oil.

Add onions and sauté 5 minutes - be careful not to burn the meat or onions.

Mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.

Cover the meat with the mixture.

Add 1 C water.

Bring to a boil on the stove and cover.

Roast in 325 degree oven for 2 hours or until tender.

Add more water or ketchup/cider mixture as needed.

When the meat has cooled, pull apart with two forks or clean hands

To Make the Cole Slaw:

Mix together the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour dressing over coleslaw and mix well.