Everyday Beef Barbacoa
Ingredients icon 14 Ingredients
Servings icon Makes 12 to 15 Servings
Time icon 10 to 12 Hours


  • 3-5 lbs. Beef cheek or Chuck Roast cut into 4-inch pieces

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ can chipotle in adobo, diced

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp. salt

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 onion, diced

Optional Ingredients

  • Tortillas

  • Cilantro

  • Onion

  • Lime wedges


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Cover and marinate for 2 to 24 hours.

  2. Add marinated beef and leftover marinade to cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or until fork tender.

  3. Carefully remove beef from cooker with little sauce as possible. Placing on a cutting board, shred beef with two forks and return to cooker. Cook for additional 10 minutes to absorb remaining liquid.

  4. If desired, crisp meat in a cast-iron skillet before serving.


Inspired by 2M Smokehouse

This Beef Barbacoa is versatile and can be served on tortillas, chips, or lettuce.

Nutrition Information

Based on Chuck Roast

Nutrition information per serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories 380; Total fat 12 g (Sat. fat 4.5 g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 150mg; Sodium 600mg; Total Carb. 14g; Fiber 0g; Total Sugars 11g; Protein 51g; Vit D 0mcg (0% DV); Calcium 37mg (2% DV); Iron 5mg (30% DV); Potas. 484mg (10%DV)

Share this Recipe