how long do you smoke a beef roast

Place chuck roast in smoker and smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F to 170°F (4 to 6 hours). Wrap tightly in 2 layers of foil or peach paper and return to smoker until internal temperature reaches 200°F to 205°F (45 minutes to 1 hour).

For barbecue beginners and those with small households, the idea of smoking an entire beef brisket can be daunting, expensive, and potentially wasteful. Clever pitmasters reach for brisket’s little brother—the chuck roast, for an inexpensive, entry-level cut of meat, which delivers a very similar eating experience in a smaller package.

As a Texas chef and caterer, I’ve smoked many beef chuck roasts through the years and this step-by-step tutorial will reveal the secrets to ultra juicy meat and excellent smoke flavor that anyone can replicate in their own backyard.

This step-by-step tutorial will help you easily master smoked chuck roast, and here is what we will cover.

The first thing you’ll need to know is how long to smoke chuck roast per pound, as well as what temperature to maintain in your smoker for the perfect cook.

How to smoke it

Begin making this smoked beef roast recipe by preheating your smoker to a low heat of around 235 degrees. As the smoker heats up, generously rub yellow mustard over the whole roast, then liberally dust it with your BBQ rub.

Add your wood chips to the smoker, and once you have a steady stream of smoke, set the chuck roast on the grates and smoke for 6-8 hours, or until perfectly tender.

The smoked chuck roast is done smoking when the internal temperature of the roast reaches 180 degrees if you plan to cut it into thin slices, or 205 degrees if you wish to have shredded smoked beef. Let the chuck roast rest for 30 minutes to allow the juices to settle prior to slicing or shredding.

Tip: If your smoker temperature didnt stay under control and the roast is too tough when it reaches the proper temperature, wrap it in foil and place it back in the smoker. It will get increasingly tender the longer it cooks.

Note: I did test this recipe by also wrapping a chuck roast in aluminum foil for the second half of the cooking session, as well. It finished cooking in only 4 hours (two unwrapped and 2 hours wrapped). However, the final result wasnt nearly as good. It lacked the delicious black bark on the exterior. It looked braised rather than smoked and didnt have as much smoky flavor. I recommend only using foil if you are in a hurry and need to speed up the smoking process.

how long do you smoke a beef roast

What to Serve with Smoked Beef Roast

All of your favorite BBQ fixins will be right at home next to your smoked beef roast. In particular, I recommend a table spread consisting of smoked baked beans, homemade vinegar coleslaw, and finally, a crisp tequilaberry salad. Oh, and of course, a refreshing cucumber martini to wash it all down!

how long do you smoke a beef roast

Dry Rub For Beef Chuck Roast

Now we’re going to season the meat. You can use whatever kind of rub you’d like but we prefer to use a beef rub with the main ingredients of kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Below is my personal recipe for Texas-style beef rub.

When you season your chuck roast, you want to steer clear of covering it fully from top to bottom. I’ve seen some recipes and YouTubers that will give it an airtight coating of the rub. Their version of a good coating is to cover the meat until you can barely see it under the rub.

This is a huge mistake as it does two things, it keeps the smoke from penetrating into your chuck roast and it prevents the bark from forming.

You can watch the video playing on this page to see how much we season our chuck roast.

Place chuck roast in smoker and smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F to 170°F (4 to 6 hours). Wrap tightly in 2 layers of foil or peach paper and return to smoker until internal temperature reaches 200°F to 205°F (45 minutes to 1 hour).

FAQ

How long to smoke a 3lb beef roast at 225?

Smoked chuck roasts can also be braised in the smoker using an aluminum foil pan and some liquid for shredded beef that will be used for barbecue sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and more. Chuck roasts are usually smoked at 225℉ (107℃) for 2 hours per pound or 1.5 hours per pound at 250℉ (121℃).

How long to smoke a 5 lb round roast?

It will take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours to smoke a 5-pound top round roast. The total time it takes to smoke your roast will vary every time you cook it. The best way to determine if your roast is cooked through is to use a meat thermometer and cook until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.

How long does it take to smoke 3 pounds of beef?

Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare. Insert a temperature probe, or use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the temperature of the tri tip. A 3 pound tri tip will take approximately 2 hours to smoke, but always smoke to temperature, not to time!

How long to smoke a 3 pound bottom round roast?

It will take approximately 30-35 minutes per pound to smoke a bottom round roast to rare. Plan on additional time to cook your meat to medium-rare or medium.

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