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Barbacoa Beef Recipe for Crockpot or Pressure Cooker

Classic barbacoa recipe modeled after the version served by “Chipotle” restaurants. This recipes makes a very large amount that can be frozen. Cut the recipe in half for a more standard yield.



  1. In a large pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat and sear each side of the meat until browned – about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  2. Place the meat in either a crockpot or pressure cooker.
  3. Combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cloves.
  4. Process ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  5. Pour the blended sauce over the meat and add in the stock, bay leaves and juniper berries.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker Method – Step 6:

Pressure Cooker Method – Step 6:

Additional Instructions for Both Methods:

  1. Pour off liquid into wide bottomed pan and simmer on high heat until reduced by half.
  2. Pull beef apart with two forks. Pour reduced sauce onto beef.