Chuck Roll with a twist!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by meowey, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Folks,

    Meowey here. I have been rather busy until today. I have been reading the forums regularly, and was impressed by BBQBubba’s chuck roll smoke. Being as I have not any experience with chuck rolls, I did a little googling to pick up some information.

    Today, I found that our Price Chopper market about 7 miles away has whole chuck rolls if you ask. That beats a 100 mile round trip to the closest Sam’s Club, so I got a 17 pounder at $2.99 a lb. I don’t know what price Sam’s has, but I doubt that it would have saved me the $20 extra I would have spent on gas. (Even if I got a bunch of other stuff to make the trip worthwhile.)

    I am using the following recipe.

    As suggested in the above article, I cut it in 4 pieces, and seasoned it with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (Recipe found at this link ). My younger son figured that was a way to get more seasoning and smoke to more of the meat. I’m smoking with red oak scraps that the aforementioned son brought to me from his construction job. (They had been laying a red oak floor.)

    Rubbed and waiting to go on.

    Just before going into the roaster for braising.

    I started this at 3:30 PM, figuring it would be in the oven all night. I will post q-view of the finished product, as well as a picture plate tomorrow.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  2. lawdog

    lawdog Smoking Fanatic

    I saw the same post and been throwin around the roll idea myself. Sounds like you got a heck of a start, keep us posted on the outcome.
  3. Looks good already.
  4. That looks great Meowy. I'll be checking in later for the final Q-view. Your beef alway's looks so good.

  5. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I'm back.

    The chuck went into the roaster with the braising liquid and stuff (2 cans of beef broth, 1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, 1 packet Lipton Onion Soup mix, and a jar of pepperoncinis) at about 9PM at 245°F. When I got up this morning at 6AM, the house smelled very beefy.

    Here is the pan coming out of the oven.

    Here it is, falling apart on the cutting board.

    Pan of pulled beef! (Beef! It's what's for breakfast!)

    Picture Plate! I served it "French Dip" style with cheese melted over the top. (The peppers are under the cheese.) Wicked Beans and slaw completed the feast! The jus was the de-fatted braising liquid.

    I have been told by the food jury that this must be done again! My only tweak would be to start with reduced sodium broth (or make my own), as the salt in the rub added to the salt in the broth and the jus was just a little too salty. Overall self-grade is A-.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  6. Looks and sounds Great. Gonna keep this one in mind. Been really to hot around here to enjoy a good smoke. ( as I'm devouring a fattie) might not be any left by the time my wife gets home. She'll have to settle for just ribs.
  7. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW!! YUMMY!!
    that is an amazing feast....I like breakie at your house Meowey!!
  8. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks great. I bet your house did smell good when you got up.
  9. ohm

    ohm StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Looks outstanding great job!
  10. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, I just picked up some chuck also.[​IMG]
  11. norrell6

    norrell6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. I think you did good on the meat. I got chuck from Costco and I dont think it was any cheaper. I just foiled mine with some liquid. I like your idea of a roasting pan. You could even throw some veggies in there. I love pulled beef sandwiches. Thanks for the qview!
  12. jaynik

    jaynik Smoking Fanatic

    Good stuff. Was the smoke flavor prevalent, or could you easily do this next time in the oven the whole time? Sounds great. I did something like that last year and it was incredible. I know you ate well!
  13. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OMG ... Meowey , that is one great lookin meal anytime of the day in my book , thanks for the great q-view [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  14. dennisdocb

    dennisdocb Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great job Meowey, gotta put this one on my bucket list.
  15. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It had been smoked for about 6 hours. Knowing that I was going to braise it, I tried to keep the Thin Blue going continuously. On most longer smokes, I let the smoke fade away completely before I add another chunk to the firebox.

    You could taste the smoke, along with all the other flavors. They "played well together". You could do this completely in the oven, and I'm sure it would taste great. (If I was to do this in the oven, I would brown all sides of the meat before I added the braising ingredients. There is also much flavor to be gained from the Maillard reaction.)

    Thanks for the comments.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  16. gobbledot

    gobbledot Meat Mopper

    meowey is that just chuck roast cut up in chunks? Also you said your juic was too salty are ya talking about the juices that you cooked them in whe you put in the oven? It looks great and I am going to have to try this. The familly will luv in i can done tell [​IMG] .. At what temp did ya pull it off the smoker? Thanks abunch....
  17. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It started as a 17 pound whole "chuck roll" that I cut into 4 chunks. (Google "chuck roll" if you are interested.) The finished pan juices that I de-fatted and used for the "au jus" was a bit too salty. The next time I do this. I will probably used reduced sodium broth and/or use half the amount of salt in the rub. I pulled it off the smoker when it reached 160°F (about 6 hours).

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  18. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    MMMMMMMmmmmmm , [​IMG]

  19. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks great!
  20. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That qview makes my teeth in their cup chatter like crazy want'n to bite into it!

    The chuck roll is the forward extention of the rib eye - the large end of the rib is the start of the chuck, going forward to the neck, and it's seamed out from the chuck as the 'center' of the chuck roast. I buy them as steaks all the time (chuck eye steaks) at WalMart or Albertson's; very tender, excellent grilled, around 3.98 - 4.59 lb. At 2.99 a lb. for the roll, you got a great deal! You can take a whole one and just slice it up into 1-1 1/2" steaks and grill them too..even my choppers can git thru them easily! Or, tie it up into a couple roasts and roast them inside or outside (of course, outside's better!). Or, just like you did, smoke them for pulled beef.
    A little sauce, some heaps of horseradish and you're in cattle grazin' country!

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