On Wednesday, I picked up a 4+ pound package of eye round beef at Costco. I marinated it in Worcestershire sauce, then rubbed it with some seasonings I put together...
2 teaspoons of Paprika
2 teaspoons of Black Pepper
2 teaspoons of Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon of Powdered Garlic
1 teaspoon of Powdered Onion
1 teaspoon of Crushed Coriander
1 teaspoon of Dill
1 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
...and left it in the refrigerator for two days. Last night, I put both pieces in the smoker and smoked them with apple and cherry chips to an internal temperature of 130 degrees. At this point, I pulled them from the smoker and let them rest for an hour on the kitchen counter, then refrigerated them overnight. This morning, I pulled out the slicer and sliced up both pieces of beef. As an experiment, I sliced one with the grain and one across the grain. After handing out some pieces to my family, I was told that although both pieces were tender and flavorful, everyone preferred to chew the slices cut across the grain. I figured this would be the case, but it was an overwhelming majority, so I will NEVER cut my future projects with the grain. That's exactly why we all conduct these experiments in the first place, right?
Please enjoy the Q-View, folks!
4+ Pounds of fresh Eye Round Beef purchased at Costco.
Bathed in Worcestershire, rubbed and ready to go into the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Out from the refrigerator after a couple of days and ready to go into the smoker.
Out of the smoker and resting for an hour.
This is a close-up of the rub. It's the most colorful rub I've ever put on anything I've ever cooked! The wife says it looks like Christmas. I think she's been hitting the wine bottle too hard.
These are the slices across the grain (GOOD).
These are the slices with the grain (NOT GOOD).
These are the slices that "made the cut". (pun intended)
Tomorrow, we're getting some rolls and having roast beef sandwiches for lunch. I can hardly wait!!!