Opinion: Best cut of beef for pulled beef

Discussion in 'Beef' started by gruelurks, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Ok, I've got the hang of pork butt. Now the wife is asking for smoked, pulled beef. I searched the forum and the stickys for the best advice, but was inconclusive. What do you all feel is the best cut for tender pulled beef similar to pork? I am all ears for a finishing sauce too.

  2. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would have to say brisket-foiled and cooler before pull-save the drippings and make an a-jus
  3. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My vote would be for a chuck roll or shoulder clod!Lotsa flavor and smoke them just like a butt! If done right, they will pull just as easy.
  4. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pass me the Chuck. Love pulling them just like pulled pork. They are much like a brisket, but for me and Mrs. Engineer, a more manageable size. I love open faced hot roast beef sandwiches but using the smoked chuck on some bread, layer on the mashed taters, and then hit it with some mushroom gravy...dang, I'm making myself hungry! Here is a pic of some pulled chuckie that I recently smoked.
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  5. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would have to say chuck. Chuck or brisket but if forced to choose one I guess chuck.
    Just did a chuckie for Italian beef yesterday (have to post the final pics) and it was phenomenal.
  6. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Chuck or Brisket? What a choice, kinda like chooseing between Ginger or Maryanne.
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to wet age my brisket so I guess that would be more like Mrs. Howell...
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  8. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The very best cut (choice) would be both Ginger and Maryanne -Rib Roast. But in the meat department I would settle for a Mrs. (Lovey) Howell - Chuck Roast. That will be your best bang for the buck.
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    CHUCK ROAST for sure. Find a nice marbled one and it will be the closest thing to a butt. Briskets are too grainy and dry by comparison, but then that's only me.
  10. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've had very good results with the chuck. I asked the folks here if it would pull well and I got alot of "go for it" in response. It's not too spendy and enough interior fat like a pork butt...great combination.

    Shoot for 203~205* I/T. I brase after 170* to finished temp and rest.

  11. pops6927

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

    The chuck on beef is equivalent to the butt on pork. Brisket is great with the flat sliced and the tip pulled, but the chuck is better all around.
  12. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've only done a few chuck roasts, I think if its going to pull depends on the fat content, more fat better pull. I just did two on Tuesday one about 3.5 lbs the other around 5 lbs. I smoked them both at 225, the smaller one I took off after about 6 1/4 hrs at 195 (It was dinner time had to eat something), the larger one at 7 1/4 hrs at 215. Neither were as tender fall apart as a pork shoulder, but they where very Knife tender like cutting almost through butter. One might say I could have left them on a little longer. I think I foiled too late, may have toughened them a bit.

    As for sauce. I have stated before I use lots of Cattlemans, so for the roast when I foiled I used about 1/4 cup of drip juice from water pan, and thus when I opened the foil the meat juices plus drip juice made a nice Au Jus, so I go 50/50 Au Jus mixed with Cattlemans, so there is a nice smokey beef flavor to the bbq sauce. The sandwiches weren't pulled beef, they were super tender sliced with bbq sauce and were Yum...
  13. I have to vote for Chuck Roast on this one too. The flavor is much better than brisket too imho.

  14. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    I use chucks whenever I want pulled beef. Usually can get it pretty cheap and it has great flavor and a nice fat content.
  15. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    "I'm with you fellers..." chuck roast here!
  16. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep.... definitly the chuck roast. Do them just like the pork and they are excellent. For me... it's hard not to cure a brisket and make strammi. I'd almost feel like I wasted one to try and cook it to pull. But.... the bottom line is your gonna have to try both to see which one you like the best. Around here whole brisket is cheaper than chuck. I find chuck on sale and stock up cause I know I'm gonna need some pulled beef in the fridge.
  17. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you all for the replies. I am going to practice a couple chucks next week and see what happens. We're having a bbq/pinball party here in September to close out the summer, and some guests are adverse to pork. Beef is good all around so I wanted to try that for a change.
  18. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said about chuck roast.
  19. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    Chuck roast for the win, for me.
  20. hemi

    hemi Smoking Fanatic

    Around here The brisket is a rare bird , in central NC anyhow. Sam's Club
    and Walmart are pretty good at stocking a packer cut or two but the
    most common brisket is cured brisket. I can find good lookin Chuck roasts
    at food lion or iga for 1.79 or so. And the Chuck don't take as long to cook and as tender as U want it to be with the least effort and maybe a bit
    more forgiving. at least in my experience anyhow.. Chuck fer ME !!

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