Smoked Beef Roast
While not the most common option people think of when it comes to smoked meat, a beef roast is a perfect choice for anyone wanting a delicious and easy smoked meat dish. Both beginner friendly and extremely tasty, you can't go wrong with smoked beef. How do you make it? What's the trick to doing it right? Let's go over what you'll need for this recipe to find out.
List of Materials
In order to properly smoke a beef roast, you'll need to assemble a few supplies first. Luckily, there aren't too many things you'll need, making this a fairly easy recipe to follow.
- 6 lb beef roast.
- Kosher salt.
- Freshly ground pepper.
- Steak rub (optional).
- Aluminum foil.
- Plastic wrap.
- Digital read thermometer.
- Charcoal smoker.
- Chunk charcoal.
- Wood chunks/chips of choice.
When preparing for this recipe, consider whether you've bought a lean or fatty roast, usually described as "round or sirloin" roasts or "chuck" roasts. Fattier roasts can and should be cooked for longer to render out more fat, while leaner roasts will become overcooked if left on the heat for too long.
Lean meats taste best when cooked to medium rare temperatures around 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Fatty roasts, on the other hand, can afford to go longer to render more of their fat, cooking to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep these things in mind when selecting your meat so as not to overcook your beef roast.
Smoking the Meat
With your materials gathered, you can finally begin the cooking process.
Step 1: Season the Meat
To begin, first season your meat thoroughly with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, being sure to press the seasoning into the meat on all sides. Alternatively, you can use a store bought spice rub made for steaks rather than simple salt and pepper, or make your own.
Whichever you choose, though, you'll then need to wrap the meat in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, if not overnight, to help the flavors penetrate into the beef.
Step 2: Prep the Smoker
About half an hour before you intend to start cooking, take your roast from the fridge and let it sit out at room temperature. Letting the meat warm slightly before cooking can help it retain moisture and cook more evenly.
As the meat warms, you can start to prep the smoker. While this recipe is made using a charcoal smoker specifically, other types of cooking equipment, such as charcoal or propane grills, can be modified slightly to work just as well.
Simply fill the smoker with charcoal and light, closing the lid and allowing the heat and smoke to build up. If you're using wood chips, soak them in hot water as you do this. What kind of wood you choose is up to you, though a thicker smoking wood like hickory or mesquite works well with beef.
Once the smoker has warmed to a temperature of around 195 degrees Fahrenheit for lean meat or 205 degree Fahrenheit for fatty meat, place your wood chips or chunks into the smoker, fill the water pan, and close the lid once again as you prepare to cook.
Step 3: Smoking the Beef
A few minutes after you placed in the wood and added the water to your smoker, open the lid and lay your beef roast onto the grates. Close the lid and allow it to smoke slowly over several hours.
While smoking beef roast will require very little effort on your part beyond this point, it's still important to monitor both your meat and the smoker during the cooking process. Add more wood, charcoal, and water as necessary and check the internal temperature of the meat every few hours. Additionally, if your meat seems to be cooking too quickly or you fear the outside may burn, adjust the temperature accordingly.
Step 4: Foiling (for Chuck Beef)
This step is only for beef roasts with higher fat content. As chuck beef will be cooking for longer time periods to gain the necessary internal heat, you'll want to eventually wrap the meat in aluminum foil to avoid burning the outside.
This is best done around 160 degrees Fahrenheit internally, as that gives the meat plenty of time to develop a hearty crust. Once the meat is wrapped, simply place it back on the heat and continue cooking until it's finished.
Step 5: Resting the Beef
The time at which you remove your meat is critical for getting a deliciously tender and moist piece of beef. Lean cuts of meat should be taken off the smoker around 130 degrees Fahrenheit, while fatty beef should be removed according to how you wish to serve it - 185 degrees for thinly sliced, 195 for pulled apart.
After taking off the lean beef, wrap it loosely in foil and allow it to rest for ten minutes before cutting. For fatty beef, loosen the foil covering applied earlier in the cooking process and do the same. Resting your meat before you serve it allows the meat fibers to relax and reabsorb some of their juices, as well as let the residual heat distribute throughout the entire cut of beef (this usually raises the temperature another 5 degrees or so).
Step 6: Serving the Beef
Once your meat has properly rested, it's time to eat. Mentioned previously, the way in which you intend to serve the meat, as well as what kind of meat it is, influenced the cooking process. Sirloin and round beef, for example, work great sliced thick served with an au jus sauce.
Chuck beef makes great sandwiches, with the lower temperature cooked meat being optimized for thin slicing while the higher temperature cooked meat can be pulled apart and served similar to a beef sandwich.
Ultimately, it's up to you, as your smoked beef roast will be delicious no matter how you eat it.
If you want to learn more ways of cooking beef, make sure to watch this video on How to Cook the Best Beef Tenderloin on you own Outdoor Grill:
With this simple recipe, you too can smoke an absolutely amazing beef roast to perfection just like a professional chef. Despite being commonly overlooked in terms of smoking meats, you'll soon learn just how great beef can be when you take a chance and cook it in an unconventional way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does it Take to Cook a Roast on the Smoker?
Depending on whether it is lean or fatty, most roasts take about 4-5 hours to smoke to 150 degrees F. Once you remove the roast from the smoker, you should let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
What Is a Chuck Roast?
Chuck is a beef cut that comes from the muscle in between the neck and the shoulder blade of a cow. It is an inexpensive cut that makes an excellent roast. It is sometimes cut into steaks, but most people agree that it cooks up better as a whole roast.
Is Smoked Beef Roast Similar to Brisket?
Smoked beef roast is similar to brisket in that they are both inexpensive cuts of beef that are very tough. They both need to be cooked low and slow, and smoking them is a great way to coax out all of the flavor. The beef roast is usually a chuck, round, or sirloin roast, which come from the shoulder area. The brisket comes from the cow’s breast.
What Do You Make with Smoked Beef Roast?
Smoked beef roast makes incredibly tender beef that is great for making sandwiches. You can also slice them into thick slices and serve them like pot roast, covered in gravy and served over mashed potatoes.
What Temperature Do You Smoke a Beef Roast?
Beef roast should be smoked at temperatures around 200 degrees F. If you are smoking a leaner roast, like round or sirloin, you should smoke at 195 degrees F. For a fattier roast, like chuck roast, 205 degrees F is best.