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Traeger Smoked Chuck Roast Recipe

This smoked chuck roast with dry rub recipe turns out great. With a killer sauce covering the top too it stays moist and becomes fork tender in your electric or pellet grill.

Smoked Chuck Roast

We have cooked this cut many different ways, smoked chuck roast is by far the best. If you too are obsessed with making smoker recipes like we are you’re going to fall in love with this one. An often times underestimated hunk of beef with now become your favorite. (affiliate links present)

How to Smoke Chuck Roast

If you have made any other sort of pulled pork Traeger recipe this is similar to that one. Most thicker pieces of protein follow the same techniques. You will want to lay it right on top of the grate for an hour or so to get started, then move it into a tray or pan with some sauce.

Yes you can keep it plain but it won’t be as tender, or have nearly as much flavor. We have shared a bunch of dry rub recipes on our site because we love them so much. Many of them can be used on a variety of meats and most have a sweet and savory mixture to them. Now let’s get to the rundown of what you’ll need;

chuck roast with dry rub

Beef Chuck Roast Smoked

This was a 3 pound piece of meat, that is relatively typical as far as this cut goes. It is best to take it out of the fridge for a bit to reach closer to room temperature ideally. You do want a decent amount of fat on the piece that you choose because that will add flavor and ensure that it stays nice and tender.

  • Chuck Roast Dry Rub

Then you’re going to make a sauce that will provide a whopper of flavor to your meat and add moisture to it as well as it smokes.

  • An onion diced finely
  • I love chopping up some of our air fryer roasted garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • Ketchup
  • 1 c chili sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brown sugar for some sweetness
  • Beef stock, beef broth or water
  • Dijon mustard

A little bit of hot sauce or Sriracha is nice, not to make this cut of meat not spicy, but add a bit of a kick. Of course you can amp it up if you want more of a chipotle roast type of flavor too.

How to Smoke Chuck Roast

Traeger Chuck Roast

Years ago I was given an electric smoke box of sorts. That was the beginning to our adventure with this type of cooking. It was actually a good introduction to things as it was small, inexpensive and easy to use.

  • Using that we made all sorts of great meals. Years later we upgraded to a Green Mountain, it really doesn’t matter the brand.

I will say that the one below is the most popular, but most expensive as well. I’d suggest if you are new to this whole thing I would do the same thing. See if you really love it to begin with, or if it is too much work for your lifestyle you haven’t invested quite as much. If it’s for you we have a bunch of other easy smoker recipes to try.

I’ll say that smoking meats is a game changer though, there is nothing else quite like it.

To get your meats absolutely perfect we have this printable meat smoking chart to refer to so each and every time it will be fork tender.

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How Long to Smoke Chuck Roast

Combine garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub on all side of your roast. Prepare smoker by placing 2-3 long sheets of aluminum foil along the bottom of the smoker element, underneath the rack, for easy cleanup.

  • Fill smoker container with hardwood BBQ pellets. Set smoker to smoke. Once it starts smoking, set temperature to 250 degrees F.
  • Mix together dry seasonings and coat the outside, then place the pot roast directly on the rack. Close the smoker lid. Smoke for 1.5 hours.
  • Check the pellets periodically and make sure the smoker is still full and smoking. Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining remaining ingredients in 4 cup liquid measuring cup: diced onion, garlic, ginger, ketchup, chili sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, water/broth, mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • After 1.5 hours, place the roast inside an aluminum foil pan. Pour sauce over chuck roast. Cover aluminum pan with a piece of foil.

Smoke for 4 hours at 250°, or until the roast pulls apart easily with 2 forks and internal temperature of the meat is at least 165 F. You want low long to get it to shred nicely like our slow cooker chuck roast does. Allow to rest, covered, for 30 minutes before slicing cuts of beef to keep it moist. If you try to pull apart and it is tough, it needs longer.

Traeger Chuck Roast

Smoked Roast

What is so great about cooking proteins this way?? Yes it takes a long time but low and slow is usually worth the wait. If you slow cook foods, or have in the past, you know this is very true. Yes the seasonings make it phenomenal but you could do the same thing in a fraction of time with our air fryer chuck roast.

What makes it so different is the longer time frame at a lower heat really breaks down the connective tissue so it almost melts in your mouth. The flavor of the pellets or wood chips does seep inside for a smoky flavor on top of what you already added too. You will see for yourself with the first bite friends. 😉

How long does a 3 lb chuck roast take to smoke

It depends on the temperature but typically at 225 degrees F – 250 degrees it will take about 5 hours. Cook time will vary depending on it’s thickness and/or if you added a sauce. It should spend some time directly on the grate and even longer wrapped in foil to become fork tender.

How do you know if smoked meats are done? They should pull apart easily with just two forks without yanking at all. Even if you are planning to slice it instead of shredded beef it should pull away easily without much effort at all.

Beef Chuck Roast Smoked

How do you reheat a chuck roast without drying it out

First off you are going to want to store it properly. If you have freezer bags those are better than just wrapping it up in butcher paper. Reason being is there will be sauce that you want to keep on the outside.

  • Wait until it fully cools before packaging it up and store in the fridge overnight. It will last up to 4 days but 24 hours later is ideal to enjoy again.

Keep some of that sauce, or make a new batch. If you have quite a bit left over you might want to cut the sauce recipe in half and make a new batch.

It can be used to reheat your meat and still keep it moist. Smother the top and either microwave or warm in a small pan the next day. It’s great served as sliders this way.

Now jump to check out the printable smoked chuck roast recipe below and get started. A few of our favorite side dishes with this would be a batch of Hawaiian coleslaw served on the side, veggies, or rolls cut in half with this served inside.

How Long to Smoke Chuck Roast

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Smoked Chuck Roast

This smoked chuck roast with dry rub recipe turns out great. With a killer sauce covering the top too it stays moist and becomes fork tender.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chuck roast, dry rub, smoked, traeger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 437kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub on all side of your roast. Prepare smoker by placing 2-3 long sheets of aluminum foil along the bottom of the smoker element, underneath the rack, for easy cleanup.
  • Fill smoker container with hardwood BBQ pellets. Set smoker to smoke. Once it starts smoking, set temperature to 250° Mix together dry seasonings and coat the outside, then place the roast directly on the rack. Close the smoker lid. Smoke for 1.5 hours.
  • Check the pellets periodically and make sure the smoker is still full and smoking. Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining remaining ingredients in 4 cup liquid measuring cup: diced onion, garlic, ginger, ketchup, chili sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, water/broth, mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • After 1.5 hours, place the roast inside an aluminum foil pan. Pour sauce over chuck roast. Cover aluminum pan with a piece of foil. Smoke for another about 4 hours at 250°, or until the roast pulls apart easily work 2 forks and internal temp is at least 165 F.
  • Allow to rest, covered, for 30 minutes before pulling or slicing and serving to keep it as moist as possible.

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Chuck Roast
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 1316mg57%
Potassium 849mg24%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 417IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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