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Beef barbacoa bowl
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4.50 from 2 votes

Lazy Beef Barbacoa

Easy, delicious and tender shredded beef with a great barbacoa flavor
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
Keyword: Beef Barbacoa, crockpot barbacoa, lazy barbacoa, slow cooker barbacoa
Servings: 6
Calories: 193kcal


  • 2 lb roast
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Adobo seasoning (with Pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more if you want it spicier)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup diet coke (or regular if you prefer)


  • Place meat in pot. I suggest using a slow cooker liner for easy clean up
  • Mix orange juice and Diet Coke. Pour mixture over meat.
  • Mix all dry ingredients with the fresh minced or chopped garlic to form a chunky paste.
    Mixture of all dry spices
  • Spoon paste over meat
    Meat with spices on top
  • Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  • Remove meat from pan and shred. I generally just use two forks for this process although a potato masher or hand held mixer would do that just as well.
    Shredded beef in pot
  • Returned shredded beef to pot to mix with juices and flavoring before serving.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 3055mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 438mg | Iron: 3mg