Everyday Beef Barbacoa
Ingredients icon 14 Ingredients
Servings icon Makes 8 to 10 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.


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