Beef Barbacoa (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

This Beef Barbacoa (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot) is so flavorful and slow cooked to perfection made either in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot pressure cooker! It is a great recipe for leftovers, too!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that we’ve had this beef barbacoa three times in the past three weeks. As breakfast bowls, as salads, as breakfast skillets, and as lettuce wrap tacos. It is just the perfect topping or filling for anything.

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Perfectly seasoned meat + only a little prep work = my kind of recipe! The tomato sauce also compliments the meat so well!

How to make Beef Barbacoa in the Instant Pot:

  1. In a bowl combine rub ingredients. Press the dry rub ingredients into the beef shoulder on all sides.
  2. Sear meat using sauté function for 2 minutes on each side, then remove and set aside.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients in the insert of your instant pot.
  4. Place beef into the insert of your Instant Pot and set on high pressure for 50 minutes.
  5. Once done, let naturally release. Shred with two forks.
  6. Assemble as a salad or breakfast bowl with desired toppings: fried plantains, tomato, lettuce, onion, scallion, avocado, etc. or serve as tacos!

Beef Barbacoa Bowls

What meat to use for barbacoa?

I use a chuck roast or a beef shoulder roast!

If you like this beef barbacoa recipe, try these other recipes: 

Beef Barbacoa

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 7 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb. grass-fed beef shoulder

Rub

Sauce

Directions

  1. Put broiler on high.
  2. In a bowl combine rub ingredients.
  3. Press rub ingredients into the beef shoulder on all sides.
  4. Broil on high for 4 minutes on each side.
  5. While in the oven, combine all sauce ingredients in your slow-cooker.
  6. Once beef is done in the oven, carefully place it into the slow-cooker and set on low for 7-8 hours.
  7. Once done, assemble as a salad or breakfast bowl with desired toppings: fried plantains, tomato, lettuce, onion, scallion, avocado, etc. or serve as tacos

Recipe Notes

How to make Beef Barbacoa in the Instant Pot:

  1. In a bowl combine rub ingredients. Press the dry rub ingredients into the beef shoulder on all sides.
  2. Sear meat using sauté function for 2 minutes on each side, then remove and set aside.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients in the insert of your instant pot.
  4. Place beef into the insert of your Instant Pot and set on high pressure for 50 minutes.
  5. Once done, let naturally release. Shred with two forks.
  6. Assemble as a salad or breakfast bowl with desired toppings: fried plantains, tomato, lettuce, onion, scallion, avocado, etc. or serve as tacos!
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