Korean Beef BBQ with Pickled Pearl Onions {Slow Cooker}

I created my Korean Beef BBQ with Pickled Pearl Onions using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSkilledSaucers

This has got to be the busiest time of year.  The holidays bring a certain sort of madness with them, all the events, the shopping, the baking.  I have two January babies so tack on those birthdays and their planning.  Add that on top of everyday time-suckers like school, work and other commitments and — wow — I need a nap and I’m sure you do too.  Some days, I just can’t imagine spending an hour or more in the kitchen making dinner, so I look for easy weeknight dinners.

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The slow-cooker is a great option for such a day.  Making life even easier is Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce with only about 5 minutes of prep time.  Add your protein to the slow cooker, pour sauce over and go about your day.  Poof!  Minimal time and minimal effort.  Easy slow cooker meal.

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I tried out the Sweet Korean BBQ with roasted ginger and sesame.  I have issues with just throwing meat, especially red meat, into a slow cooker.  So I took the beef chuck roast, seasoned heavily on both sides, and seared in a pan, flipping for both sides to brown.  In it went to the slow cooker, on top of some carrots.  I added the sauce and then a head of garlic and a few red pearl onions (still in skin) to roast.  Then I left it all to do its thing.

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When the roast is ready, you will know.  It will just fall apart and be so yummy-delish it will be hard not to start digging in.  See how important it is to get that browning beforehand?  Otherwise, it can look a bit grey.

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To balance out the sweet and rich Korean beef BBQ, I decided this dish needed some acidity.  I have a bunch of red pearl onions left over from Thanksgiving dinner preparations, so pickled red pearl onions it is!

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Pickling is so simple to do and easy to modify to your tastes.  It is basically equal parts water, vinegar (your choice) and sugar.  Add in spices (mustard seed, black peppercorns and coriander seeds, celery seeds popular choices).  Once you make your own pickled vegetables, you won’t bother with store bought pickles again!

I wanted to keep a holiday feel in this batch so I decided to toast cinnamon sticks and clove to add as well.  3-5 minutes will do it… just monitor and pull off when they become fragrant.  In heavily salted, boiling water, cook the pearl onions until just tender (about 8 min). Drain. Rinse. Drain.

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In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar and 1/2 sugar.  Add in mustard seed, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and celery seed.  Boil until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour over the onions in a glass container.

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Seal and refrigerate for at least an hour, up to 2 days.  Drain before serving. Keep for up to 2 weeks.

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Let’s put it all together!  With all this yummy sauce, rice or a noodle is a must.  I’m serving this easy Korean Beef BBQ over basmati rice, mostly because that is what was in my pantry.  So here we go: rice, beef, vegetables, sauce.  Garnish with green onion.

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Serve the pickled pearl onions over top the dish and voilà!  Easy and delicious.  This is honestly one of the better things I’ve made and it will no doubt become a regular dish for busy weekdays.  You can bet I will be trying other Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces, Tavern Style Pot Roast, Hawaiian Luau, Moroccan Spiced Stew and Mexican Red Chile Taco being the other options.  Keep in the know by liking Campbell’s Sauces on Facebook.

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Korean Beef BBQ


  • 1 package of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Sauce
  • 2 to 3 pounds Beef Chuck Roast
  • 2 large carrots, cut
  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 whole red pearl onions, skin on
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice
  • green onion tops, sliced on the bias
  • pickled red pearl onions


  1. In a hot pan with 1 Tbl oil, sear off both sides of your well-seasoned beef.
  2. Place beef in slow cooker, top with sauce, carrots, garlic and pearl onions.  Cook according to package.
  3. Remove beef and pull apart, should fall to pieces easily.
  4. Place rice in a serving dish, top with beef and vegetables.  Ladle cooking liquid over.
  5. Garnish with green onions and pickled onions.  Enjoy!

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  1. December 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    this recipe sounds delicious, I will so have to try this season mix -t hanks!

  2. December 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    that looks AMAZING! and we love Korean BBQ

  3. December 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    The picked red onions look delicious! I’ll have to make those one day soon – I’m sure my husband would love the Koren BBQ, too!

  4. December 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!

  5. December 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    That looks amazing, and your pictures are so clear! Love this, I may have to try it soon!

  6. December 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    Why yes, I have bookmarked this so I can start pickling my own onions and a million other things – I have heard pickled asparagus is amazing. Your photos are fabulous and I want to eat everything on that plate

  7. January 7, 2014 at 7:01 am — Reply

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  8. Elizabeth Mckibben
    February 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I am going to try this it sounds really good and something hubby would like

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