BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich



Hello folks. I know it’s been ages since the last time I posted my cooking recipes. The good news: I have my own kitchen, so hopefully I will cook more often. The bad news, we just got another flooding, so there are even more cleaning and moving things to do (it’s really annoying). Anyway, I had the time to try out this recipe for a small cooking demo. And it turned out pretty amazing.

Usually, pulled beef/pork is cooked in a slow cooker for 12-18 hours. I didn’t have time for that, it’s kinda pricy as well to waste the gas/electricity. So, instead of using slow cooker, I used pressure cooker. If you don’t have a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, you can still make it by cooking the meat on a very low heat for 12+ hours, stirring and checking it occasionally. So, Let’s get cooking.


Note: Some of the ingredients may sound unfamiliar for my fellow Indonesians. However, all the ingredients are available in the supermarkets in Jakarta such as Ranch Market, Food Hall and Giants.



  • 1 kg beef chuck roast/shank (in Indonesia you can ask your local butcher to give you daging sengkel)
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter (you can substitute with margarine)
  • 1 large onion, sliced


Rub Seasonings:

  • 3 tbs brown sugar (it’s called gula semut in Bahasa, which loosely translated as ant sugar, as far as I know every ants like any kinds of sugar..haha)
  • ½ tbs paprika powder
  • ½ tbs chili powder
  • ½ tbs mustard powder
  • ½ tbs onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp corriander (ketumbar)
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder (jintan)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cup ready made BBQ sauce (recommended brand: Jack Daniel’s Hickory BBQ Sauce)
  • ½ tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tbs apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 500 mL chicken stock


How it’s made:

  1. Mix all the rub seasonings. Rub the surface of the beef chuck roast. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Take the rubbed beef out of the fridge, let it stay at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 3 tbs of olive oil in a shallow pan on medium high heat. Sear the beef, until all the surface become golden brown. Let it rest.
  4. In the same pan, melt the butter with a lil bit of olive oil. Sautee the onion until golden and fragrant.
  5. Put the beef chuck roast inside the pressure cooker, add the BBQ sauce and the sauteed onion. Mix well.
  6. Put the lid on tightly. On medium heat, cook the beef for about 40 minutes after the hissing sound heard from your pressure cooker.
  7. Turn off your stove. Open the lid ONLY after there is no more sound, you may need to wait 10-15 minutes.
  8. Pull your beef using two forks into smaller pieces. Put back into the pan, this time without the lid on. Cook on low heat until the sauce thicken.
  9. Serve with burger buns or toasted french baguette. Other toppings like coleslaw, pickles, melted cheese will definitely make this dish over the top.


Happy Cooking and Eat Responsibly



About Sasayu

Dari kecil passion'nya adalah makanan, bahkan sampai cicak pun dilahapnya tanpa basa-basi. Petualangannya melanglang buana, menjelajah benua Eropa mengantarnya meraih gelar dan ilmu dalam Food Technology dan Food Science. Setelah lulus dari Helsinki, kembali ke Tanah Air untuk melanjutkan kerajaan kecil keluarga: PONDOL - Pondok Es Cendol, spesialis masakan Jawa Tengah yang cukup melegenda di Jakarta.

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