BBQ Beef Rolls

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Today I’m partnering with Albertsons® to share with you my BBQ Beef Rolls! They’re a mouthwatering combination of the best ingredients that define summer grilling: melt-in-your-mouth barbecued beef, savory baked beans, gooey cheese, and fluffy baked bread. And you get all of them in each bite!

overhead shot of ready to serve bbq beef rolls

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BBQ beef rolls are an easy, cheesy way to enjoy barbecue this summer. Instead of serving with a side of bread and beans, you can wrap it all into one easy-to-eat meal!

After smoking a tender chuck roast and shredding the meat, the juicy, flavorful beef is layered with baked beans and shredded pepper jack cheese. It’s then slathered in barbecue sauce and baked inside of dough until golden brown. These savory BBQ beef rolls are a unique twist on backyard grilling and inside baking.

Pack even more flavor into these rolls by making a pot of Root Beer Baked Beans With Bacon for a tantalizing mix of sweet and smoky. Looking to keep things easy? Try out these Smoked Baked Beans instead!

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overhead shot of bbq beef rolls

INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS 

  • Beef Chuck Roast – This tender, flavorful roast is my preferred cut for smoking and shredding.
  • All-Purpose BBQ Seasoning Rub – If you have a favorite blend, use it here!
  • Beef Broth – Broth will make the smoked chuck roast extra moist, juicy, and tender. I used Albertsons® exclusive Signature Select® beef broth. Chicken or vegetable broth are suitable substitutes.
  • Frozen Bread Dough – Use whole frozen loaves of dough that can be easily rolled into a rectangle. While biscuit or croissant dough tends to be popular with these recipes, I would advise against it.
  • Baked Beans – Albertsons® exclusive Signature Select® baked beans are perfect for your favorite summertime barbecue recipes!
  • Pepper Jack Cheese – I used Albertsons® exclusive Lucerne® pepper jack cheeses. This creamy white cheese has a bit of a kick. Monterey Jack is a milder substitute, or just plain cheddar. If, alternatively, you want more heat, you can sprinkle in jalapeños or other chiles.
  • BBQ SauceSweet, thick, and sticky Kansas City style sauce is perfect for BBQ beef rolls. 
rubbing seasonings on beef

HOW TO MAKE BBQ BEEF ROLLS

1. Thaw Dough.  Give the frozen bread plenty of time to thaw while preparing the rest of the recipe: it will take roughly 4 hours.

2. Prep the Roast.  Preheat your grill or smoker to 275°F. Meanwhile, dust all sides of the chuck roast with the barbecue seasoning and massage it into the meat. Lay the meat on the preheated grill and smoke for 3 hours. Transfer the meat to a deep pan, pour over the beef broth, and cover with foil. Cook for another 2.5 hours. When the roast is adequately cool, shred and set aside while preparing the rest of the recipe. 

3. Drain the Beans.  Pour the baked beans into a sieve to drain excess sauce. Reserve any sauce for basting later before baking.

4. Layer the Rolls.  Roll the thawed dough loaves into 2 10×16″ rectangles. Layer the ingredients on half of each rectangle lengthwise, as follows: beans, beef, and finally cheese. Starting from the end of the rectangle with the ingredients, roll up like a cinnamon bun. Pinch and seal the dough.

5. Prepare to Bake.  Slice each roll into 9 pieces. Place each piece cut-side down into a skillet or pie plate.

6. Bake & Serve.  While the oven preheats to 400°F, brush the rolls with the barbecue sauce and any reserved from beans. Bake for about 20 minutes before topping with the remaining cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes, and your BBQ beef rolls are done! Serve with a side of barbecue sauce.

BBQ Beef Rolls in cast iron skillet

What is a beef roll made of? 

BBQ beef rolls contain shredded chuck roast, baked beans, and shredded cheese. Additional barbecue seasoning and sauce flavor the meat. The rolls are made of bread dough that is rolled out, filled with the meat, bean, and cheese mixture, rolled back up cinnamon-roll-style and then baked.

side view of bbq beef rolls in skillet

How do I cook roast beef roll ups? 

If you are making the meat yourself, this is a two-step process. This roast is smoked, cooked once more in a pan of broth, and then shredded. You then take the meat, baked beans, and some cheese, roll them all up in dough and bake. 

pan with cooked bbq beef rolls

How do I make my roast beef roll ups not soggy? 

Make sure that your oven is appropriately heated to 400°F, and that you are baking long enough for the outsides of your beef rolls to turn golden brown.

Additionally, don’t overdo the BBQ sauce on the outside of the dough. We want them flavored, not soggy! You can always add more after they are finished baking.

closeup of bbq beef rolls

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BBQ Beef Rolls in cast iron skillet

BBQ Beef Rolls

5 from 7 votes
BBQ Beef Rolls are saucy and savory! Layers of shredded chuck roast, beans, and cheese are wrapped in bread dough and baked 'til golden brown.
Servings: 9
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients 

  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose BBQ seasoning rub
  • 16 oz Signature Select® beef broth
  • 2 loaves frozen bread dough thawed (1 lb each)
  • 28 oz Signature Select® baked beans drained
  • 8 oz Lucerne® pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions 

  • Season the beef chuck roast all over with all-purpose BBQ seasoning. While beef cooks, thaw 2 frozen bread loaves, about 4 hours.
  • Heat grill or smoker to 275°F. Place beef on the grill grates in grill or smoker, and smoke for 3 hours. Remove beef from grill or smoker and put in deep pan. Pour the beef broth on top of beef, cover with foil and cook for another 2.5 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 210°F.
  • When beef is cool enough to handle, shred and set aside. Open baked beans and drain in sieve to remove excess sauce.
  • On a clean, floured surface, roll each loaf, one at a time, into a 10×16 inch rectangle. Top with half the beans on one half of each rolled dough lengthwise, leaving 1 inch on all sides. Top with half the shredded beef, one-third of the shredded cheese and from the long side, roll up jelly-roll style (like making cinnamon buns) starting on side with ingredients. Pinch and seal the dough. Repeat with other remaining ingredients.
  • Cut each dough roll into 9 pieces each using a serrated knife. Place cut side down into 2 cast iron skillets and/or seasoned 9-inch pie plates. Cover with a light towel and let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with BBQ sauce and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Top with remaining third of shredded cheese and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve with any remaining BBQ sauce.

Notes

Serving size 2 rolls per person.

Nutrition

Calories: 788kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1625mg | Potassium: 930mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinners
Cuisine: American, Southern
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overhead view of skillet with bbq beef rolls

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this idea of using frozen bread dough to roll up a complete dinner! Not a big beef eater, I will use this idea and replace your beef with something else. But I love, love all your recipes, Kevin. Keep them comng.
    KJ

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic twist making taking the cinnamon roll idea savory. Highly recommend these, they were a huge hit at a party yesterday!

  3. 5 stars
    I had to come back and let you know the birthday party was even better after I served these and the kids LOVED them!

  4. 5 stars
    These were outstanding and super easy, the kids loved these Kevin. Thanks again for helping me look good. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Kevin just made these and they were fantastic. He made this recipe up for Albertsons and I have to say it is one of his best.