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Chuck Pot Roast Without the Pot...a solid Fail

I was strolling through Kroger the other day and found a buy one get one deal on chuck pot roasts.  I thought I would cook it indirect and make pulled beef.  My vision was a pulled beef taco salad so I planned to cook it until it reaches 200 IT and then spice up the pulled beef with taco seasoning.  I rubbed it with DP Red Eye Express because, well, no reason other than I like it.  Cooked indirect at 250.  At the 3 hour mark, it was at 140 so I thought to keep dinner on schedule I better bump the temp to 270.  Took it off the Egg at 200 and let it rest for 15 minutes.  Here comes the fail.  It wouldn't pull, so I sliced it and nixed the taco salad idea.  One of the roasts was dry.  I was disappointed.  I'm sure my initial assumption that this cut would pull was incorrect and so was cooking it to 200.  Your thoughts?


Flint, Michigan


  • I went through the same basic experience!!  Pulled beef is a whole nother world!!  It doesn't follow any basic rules of pork!!  Lickily i covered it in an aluminum pan added plenty of veggies and some beef broth and rode it through this stall period. And it was truely worth it !!  Since then i have done two other beef chuck roasts, and they cook much differently!! 
  • Greeno55Greeno55 Posts: 635
    Here's a pulled beef recipe I'm pretty pumped to try.
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  • Clay's pulled beef recipe is what you need, it's in the recipe section.  95% of beef roasts do not have nearly enough fat to be tender at that temp and that long of a cook.  Sorry that you had what you consider a unsuccessful cook but it is a experiment every time you do something that you haven't done before regardless of recipe.Hopefully your next trip will be better then this one.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    I cooked a in the CI DO using Dave in Florida's brisket injection. Seared then cooked at 300 simmering in the broth concoction. Really good. Try taking the dry meat, food processor it then warm it up in dif's marinade, toasted buns and sauteed mushroom, onion, peppers and provolone. Saved my brisket from the garbage.
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  • Yeah those "on sale" items get me every time. The several I cooked were cooked about two hours per pound around 250 dome on leg on PS. Results are maybe better than yours, but it is not a butt. The last one stalled and supper was an hour late.
    Beef is a nice change on pace, but for pulled meat pork is king in my book.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674

    Sorry it didn't turn out for you. Next time, foil it when it hits 160-165 and keep it in the foil until you hit 205-210. There will be enough liquid from the beef caught in the foil to help braise it and it will be fall apart tender. I did some back in December and just barely pushing down with some tongs did thisimage

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    Works great for tacos and nachos as well as your salad idea.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,007
    ive only done it with bigger pieces of chuck, but foil around 180 and get the internal over 210 and it will pull. pretty much any big roast will pull if you do that, have even done it with a leg of lamb. also it pulls easier if you add an  eight cup or less of seltzer water to the foil stage, dont add any more than that or it turns to pot roast in taste and texture
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,005
    @Griffin would that work for a boneless beef shoulder roast? I picked up a two pack today about 3 pounds each. Any idea how it would take to get them done?



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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,673
    looks and sounds like it was undercooked to me.  I think braising and foiling will cook it faster.
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    I'd go a little higher on the temp next time, pull at 205* minimum if not 210*.  They don't always pull as easily as a pork butt.  I don't foil unless doing a recipe like the pepper ale beef recipe.
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  •  I do these things at least once a month, 200 internal isn't high enough to pull beef shoulder. No need for foil or a dutch oven if all you're after is pulled beef.  Throw it on the grid at about 275 dome and pull between 205 - 215.  I use a pair PVC heat resistant gloves for easy pulling.  Works every time.  The cut of beef does matter though.  Make sure you get "beef shoulder".  Every grocery store or meat market calls it something different.  Ask for the right cut if you're not sure.
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  • Thank you for your responses.  I was looking for pulled beef and trying to keep it simple.  I didn't really want to braise because I love bark.  I thought the chuck pot roast would pull like a pork butt, but not so.  Next time I will make sure I have the right cut and cook it to 210 - 215 IT depending on its tenderness. 
    Flint, Michigan
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