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Beefy BBQ Spuds are hearty, delicious, and best of all, no-fuss!

Prepared completely in your slow cooker, in my opinion this is a great Super Bowl party recipe.

A close up of Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spuds, potatoes

Super Bowl LI with a match-up between the Patriots and Falcons will kick-off on Sunday, February 5 in Houston and millions of Americans will be hosting football watching parties with tons of drink, chicken wings, burgers, chili, and of course, pizza all across the nation.

Sounds like all favorite man-pleasing snacks, right?

Well, I think these Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spuds would be perfect for any Super Bowl party—good ole’ meat and potatoes, what could be heartier and more man-pleasing than that?

Just for the record, I’m not trying to be sexist here because believe me, I can put down my fair share of meat and potatoes and love doing it!

A plate of Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spuds

Meat and Taters!

Why is this recipe so great for a Super Bowl—or for any other football watching—party? It takes just 15 minutes to prep and everything cooks in a slow cooker, including the “baked” potatoes!

I’ve adapted this recipe slightly from Cooking Light, but must pass along their suggestion about “baking” potatoes in the slow cooker.

For the barbecue beef, layer sliced red onions and a chuck roast (with the homemade barbecue rub) in the slow cooker, then top with the potatoes wrapped in PARCHMENT paper, not aluminum foil.

This prevents the potatoes from taking on a metallic taste from the foil or becoming a weird color on the inside.

A Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spud on a plate

You can fit six medium or eight small potatoes in a large crockpot with the roast. I think this BBQ beef could also be a fun appetizer if served in scooped out baby red potatoes—that’s what I plan to do for my next party!

More football party menu ideas

  • Italian Meatball Subs are perfect for an EASY weeknight dinner and are an equally GREAT idea for your next game day tailgate!
  • Sticky Baked Chicken Wings are brushed with a honey-Korean chili sauce and returned to the oven until they are properly glazed and sticky-good!
  • Chicken Fajita Pitas. This recipe is versatile—use whatever veggies you have on hand and whatever fajita toppings you prefer—just get a little creative!
  • My Favorite White Chicken Chili is seasoned with cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and green chilies and is always a crowd pleaser!
  • Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, the Mexican version of pulled pork, cooks all day in a crock pot until tender, moist, and flavorful.

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A close up of Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spuds, potatoes

Slow Cooker Beefy BBQ Spuds

Beefy BBQ Spuds are hearty, delicious, and best of all, no-fuss! Prepared completely in your slow cooker, in my opinion this is a great Super Bowl party recipe.
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 795 kcal



  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper divided
  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. boneless chuck roast trimmed
  • 1 medium vertically sliced red onion
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 3 sliced green onions


  • Wash and scrub potatoes and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Rub each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Wrap each potato in a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the sliced red onions in a 6 – 7 quart slow cooker that has been coated lightly with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the barbecue rub by combining the brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Spread half the rub on top of the roast.
  • Place the roast on top of the onions in the slow cooker with the coated side down. Pour the rest of the barbecue rub on top of the roast and spread until covered completely.
  • Place the wrapped potatoes on top of roast. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours or until tender. (Or may cook on LOW for 8 hours.)
  • Unwrap potatoes; cut a slit in each potato and fluff with a fork.
  • Shred the roast with 2 forks, and stir to combine with onion mixture.
  • Top each potato with the BBQ beef mixture, cheese, sour cream, and green onions.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 795kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 55gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 895mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword bbq, bite-size potatoes, slow-cooker, spuds
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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