Slow Cooker Beer, Onion and Ketchup Chuck Roast


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Slow Cooker Beer, Onion and Ketchup Chuck Roast is a reader’s recipe I had to try! Smells SO good while cooking.

cooked shredded meat in a slow cooker in beef, onion and ketchup sauce.
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I want you to give this recipe a try before you judge it. The ketchup is like a mild tomato sauce in this and you know how well beef, beer and onions go together. Funny how people can get about cooking with Ketchup, I have no shame myself.

roast with beer, onion and ketchup on top in the slow cooker.

I received this recipe from a reader on Facebook named Yvonne Marie, I tucked this recipe away for a rainy day (well, it was a snowy day). I’m so glad I gave this recipe a try, thank you, Yvonne!

Cooked pot roast in slow cooker, not shredded.

How to make Beer, Onion, and Ketchup Chuck Roast:

  • Chuck Roast – For the most juicy roast you will have you want to choose a chuck roast.
  • Beer – Use your favorite!
  • Onion – One Lipton Onion Soup Packet
  • Ketchup – This may seem like a strange ingredient but the sweetness and tang really is the secret ingredient in this recipe.
shredded beef in a slow cooker in a beer, onion ketchup sauce.

How long do I cook?

  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Chuck roast is best if cooked low and slow for 10 hours, but if you are in a time crunch, 7 hours on high will work fine.
shredded beef and sauce on top of mashed potatoes with corn on the side.

More chuck roast recipes to try:

bowl with mashed potaotes, shredded beef and corn.

The house smells soo good while this is cooking. Quite possibly the best smelling roast I’ve made. Have a great week!

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Shredded meat in sauce in a slwo cooker with mashed potatoes and corn on the side.

Slow Cooker Beer, Onion and Ketchup Chuck Roast

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Tender pot roast flavored with beer, onion and ketchup


  • 4 lbs. beef chuck roast
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 oz. pkt. onion soup mix
  • 12 oz. beer, use your favorite


  • Sprinkle the roast on both sides with the salt and pepper.
  • Set a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the cooking oil. Brown the roast on all sides, no need to cook through.
  • Add the roast to the slow cooker. Pour over the ketchup, sprinkle over the onion soup mix. Pour over the beer.
  • Cover and cook on high for 7 hours or on low for 10.
  • When the cooking time is done, degrease the sauce around the roast. I do this by laying paper towels over the grease, then discarding them
  • Shred the meat with two forks, remove and discard any fatty pieces. 
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or buns. Enjoy!

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Sarah’s Notes

Nutritional values are approximate. If you require a special diet, please use your own calculation. Values below are for 1/10 of the recipe.


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 707mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.9mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. EDDIE FOSTER says:

    Can I sub a ranch dressing packet for the french onion mix?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, that will work fine.

  2. Rachel says:

    Could I sub the onion soup packet for a can of mushroom soup? Or can of onion soup?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would do a can of french onion soup if you want to stick with the original recipe. The cream of mushroom will work, it just won’t have an onion kick to it.

  3. Judy says:

    Can I add potatoes and carrots?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, that would work well.