Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Smoked Chuck Roast

Smoked chuck roast is melt in your mouth delicious! Coat it in a simple dry rub and use your favorite wood pellets to infuse it with flavor.

As the weather gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to start making smoked beef roast. You can use it for several nights’ worth of dinners or impress your guests at a weekend get-together.

I like using my smoker for chuck roast because it gets the meat nice and tender. Since this is a tougher cut of meat, the longer cooking time allows the fat to fully render while still getting a nice crust on the outside.

Want to use a crockpot instead? I’ve got a great roundup of recipes that feature a variety of flavors and uses for whatever you are in the mood for!

Smoked chuck roast sliced on a cutting board

Tips For Making Smoked Chuck Roast

  • Allow plenty of time. While the recipe itself is very simple, it’s still an all-day process. The meat needs to marinate for at least two hours, cook for about four, then rest another hour before it’s ready to serve the smoker chuck roast.
  • Choose the right temperature. After extensive research and testing, we found that 250°F was perfect. Lower temps took much too long to cook and the smoked beef roast ended up dry even with plenty of basting. On the other hand, higher temps resulted in bites that were tough and hard to chew.
  • Wrap in foil toward the end. This ensures that all of the juices stay inside as it finishes, keeping the meat nice and moist. 
  • Let it rest! I’m sure you will be anxious to eat after all of those hours, but this is one of the most important steps. Place the beef on a cutting board and don’t touch it for at least an hour. Slice just before serving, and cut against the grain for best results.
  • Save the drippings. Transfer them to a bowl to be spooned over the smoked chuck roast slices.
  • Don’t have a smoker? Prep your BBQ or Big Green Egg for indirect cooking and heat to 250°F, then follow the recipe as directed. Use mesquite chips instead of pellets and be sure to soak them for at least 30 minutes before starting.

Smoker chuck roast ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Pair this smoked chuck roast with any of your favorite cookout side dishes. For a lighter meal, try a simple green salad or some roasted vegetables.

If you end up with leftovers, use them for sandwiches and top with cheese sauce or a tangy spread.

Smoked chuck roast seasoned on a tray

What You Will Need For Smoked Beef Roast

  • Smoker - Wood pellet smokers allow extra flavor to be infused into whatever you’re cooking.
  • Your favorite flavor wood chips - I like a blend of oak, maple, and hickory for this recipe, but pecan is another popular choice.
  • Meat Thermometer - A digital version will be easiest to read, and be sure it’s the kind that can stay inside the smoker the entire time. Nothing worse than a melted thermometer!
  • Long Tongs or Barbecue Gloves for flipping the meat
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil - This is thicker and sturdier than regular foil, meaning it won’t tear as easily.
Smoker chuck roast on a grate


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Smoked chuck roast

Yield: 6-10
Author: Donna Elick
Smoked Chuck Roast

Smoked Chuck Roast

Smoked chuck roast is melt in your mouth delicious! Coat it in a simple dry rub and use your favorite wood pellets to infuse it with flavor.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 4 H & 30 MInactive time: 3 HourTotal time: 7 H & 35 M


  • 5 pound chuck roast boneless
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Pat the roast dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the rub (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper). Whisk together.
  3. Coat the roast evenly with the rub. (It’s a rub, so rub it the meat 😄)
  4. Cover the roast with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 2 hours to overnight. You can smoke it immediately but allowing the rub to meld with the roast for a few hours will give you a tastier result.
  5. Preheat your smoker to 250°F. Choose your favorite wood, I am using my favorite blend of oak, maple and hickory on my pellet smoker.
  6. Place the chuck roast in the smoker, insert temperature probes. Close the lid and cook until the bark is fully developed (around 3-3 1/2 hours), and the temperature reaches 165°F. Flip the roast (using long tongs or barbecue gloves) about every hour.
  7. Wrap the roast tightly in a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil.
  8. Place the roast back on the smoker for about one more hour, until internal temperature is 200°F.
  9. Remove the roast from the smoker. Keep in mind the roast will continue to cook once it is removed from the smoker, which can increase the temperature on your roast as much as 10°.
  10. Remove the probe and place the roast on a cutting board and let it rest for at least an hour.
  11. Pour the drippings from the aluminum foil into a bowl for serving with the meat.
  12. Slice and serve.

Smoked chuck roast sliced on a cutting board

Originally published April 2021

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