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BBQ Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a simple twist on a classic slow cooker beef stew. A hearty and flavorful meal that’s perfect for cold and lazy nights, this will become on your favorite slow cooker stew recipes.

Your slow cooker can be your best friend when it comes to putting together amazing tasting meals. The meat in this dish turns out so tender and will just melt right in your mouth. The tang of the barbecue sauce in this Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Stew will tantalize your taste buds like nothing you have ever tasted before. It will quickly become a family favorite and be on your menu at least twice a month or maybe more! Take what you knew about beef stew in the slow cooker and throw it right out the window. There is a new version in town and it’s going to knock your socks off.

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How Long Does it Take to Make BBQ Slow  Cooker Beef Stew

When you are making this slow cooker beef stew recipe, you will be using the slow cooker on either low or high. When you cook on high in the slow cooker, the time is usually in half or what it would be on high. This slow cooker recipe usually takes about 8 hours on low. While it is best to cook it on low because it gives the meat more time to cook and get tender. However, cooking on high for 4 hours will still give you a flavorful tender slow cooker beef stew,

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is a flavorful and nutrient-packed dinner. It can be a whole dinner by itself but whenever I have soup or stew, I like having hearty bread to dip in it. You can make these Cheesy Quick Biscuits Recipe to dip in the stew. I also love to have dessert. You can try some of these dessert recipes:

Variations to Easy Beef Stew

When it comes to making beef stew, the sky is the limit. You can add whatever you want into this stew.

  • Add Vegetables– You can add in more vegetables to this recipe. Add in carrots, celery, peas, corn, just about any type of vegetable can be added.
  • Meat: While this uses stew meat, you can actually use any kind you like. Stew meat is usually inexpensive because it is a tough type of meat. With it being tough, the long, slow cook makes it tender and delicious. You can use any type of cut of meat. You can also use ground beef. While that creates a different texture than classic beef stew, it can still be a delicious flavor.

Stew Meat Recipes

What I love about stew meat is that is an inexpensive cut of meat. While I have only posted a few stew meat recipes, we use it often. I sometimes switch for a more expensive cut of meat. You can use stew meat in these recipes with only a few changes.

How Long Does Easy Beef Stew Last

This easy beef stew recipe will last in the refrigerator for several days, up to 4 days. I love to reheat it the next day for lunch or an easy dinner.  I think the longer this stew cooks and then sits together, the better the flavor gets. Sometimes, I like to make a double batch of this easy beef stew. Then, I will take half and freeze it in individual portions. That way, whenever we are short on time, or I need a quick meal, I can take out how much I need and reheat it.

How to Reheat Crock Pot Beef Stew

If I am reheating the whole store the next day, it is best to reheat it in a pot on the stove top. However, sometimes I only reheat it bowl by bowl. In that case, it is easier to reheat it in the microwave, although it would be easy to reheat it on the stovetop as well. When I pull the crock pot beef stew from the freezer, it is best to let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. When that isn’t an option, heating it in a pot on the stove is best because the microwave can overheat parts, while the rest is still frozen.

BBQ Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients in Crock Pot Beef Stew

  • beef stew meat
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • beef stock
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • barbecue sauce

How to Make Easy Beef Stew Recipe

onions and peppers on a cutting board

Cut and chop all ingredients. Saute garlic, peppers, and onion on the stovetop over medium-high heat.

stew meat and mushrooms in a pan

Place beef chunks and mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add sauteed veggies on top.

tomatoes, mushrooms and beef stew

Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker over beef, mushrooms, and veggies.

pouring the beef stock into the pan with ingredients

Cook on low for 8 hours. Thicken with cornstarch mixture if desired. Enjoy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Stew hot.

BBQ Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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BBQ Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 6
This Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Stew is a simple twist on a classic slow cooker beef stew. A hearty and flavorful meal that's perfect for cold and lazy nights, this will become on your favorite slow cooker stew recipes.
BBQ Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 14 ounce can tomatoes
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce

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  • Saute the onion, pepper and garlic in large pan over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes
  • Add these together with the remaining ingredients in a slow cooker and cook over low heat for 8 hours.
  • If a thicker stew is desired, mix together ¼ cup of water with 2-3 tablespoons of corn starch and then stir into the stew to thicken.


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