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  • Polarbear777
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 1843

    PB’s Pulled Chuck

    I do like QVQ for this (https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...s-vide-chuckie) but here is a way to go direct that is pretty much beef and rub.

    Prep 30 mins ∙ Cook 9 hrs INGREDIENTS
    • Two or three chuck roasts
    • recipe scaled to:
    • 5 lbs of chuck roast
    • About 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt per pound of meat so
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • big bad beef rub or other salt-free rub that works well for beef.
    • 1/4 cup rendered beef tallow (or slightly more beef fat trim)
    • A cast iron dutch oven large enough to contain the beef, but small enough to fit in the smoker.
    • Big bad beef rub: (https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...eef-rub-recipe)
    • 3 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons chili or ancho powder
    • 1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin ( optional)

    Dry brine chuck roasts with the salt at least overnight, can add rub at the same time if desired and it will stick since the meat is moist out of the package. A generous amount of any (no-salt) rub is advised.

    Prepare your smoker for an indirect cook at ~250°F. (can go lower here if you have the time or if you need more smoke, say, on a pellet cooker)

    Stage 1: Smoke and bark development

    Set beef on smoker grate with a disposable pan below to catch the drippings so you can mix them back in when you put it in the dutch oven later. Need the beef situated on a rack so it gets air and bark development on all sides.

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    Cook for about 5 hours, or until it is into the stall and has some good bark development (160-175°F internal depending on bark preference).

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    Stage 2: Braise to tenderness

    Oil the inside of a Dutch oven that fits in the smoker.

    Put all the juices frim the drip pan into the dutch oven.

    Put the tallow in the dutch oven (can also use non-rendered like brisket trimmings, but you’ll have to pick out anything that doesn’t render, later when you pull it and you may need a little more).

    Put beef in the dutch oven lid on and into the smoker.
    (May have to cut a bit to fit)

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    It will seem like there’s too much liquid, but when you pull the beef, most if not all of it will mix in.

    Cook until beef is 210-215 °F, (a couple hours or so) check for tenderness for pulling. Can run the smoker higher here, say 275°F+ to make up time if desired. The closed dutch oven won't let much moisture, if any, escape during this stage.

    Stage 3: Pull and finish.

    Remove beef to a pan or tray where you can pull it.
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    Leave all the juices in the dutch oven.

    Trim any unrendered fat/gristle you find on the beef while pulling beef apart with a fork.

    Return pulled beef to Dutch oven and stir with all the liquid.

    Return Dutch oven to smoke with the lid off. Add wood if necessary. The tips of beef sticking out of the liquid will gather more smoke/bark.

    Cook for about 1.5 hours back down around 250 °F (or lower as desired).

    Remove, and stir well before each serving or dividing up.

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    Last edited by Polarbear777; July 22, 2019, 07:42 PM.
  • mountainsmoker
    Banned Former Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 1849
    • Bryson City, NC

    Looks like some mighty fine eatin'.


    • Rfhd69
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 210
      • SW Washington
      • WSM 22.5, PBC, GMG Jim Bowie, Traeger Texas

      Great write up! Gonna have to try your recipe. I’ve never done pulled chuck before.


      • Jerod Broussard
        • Jun 2014
        • 9941
        • East Texas
        • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
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        Great write up. That is how my dad cooks their briskets back home. They use Army pots and scoop out the fat as it renders.


        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 5325
          • My toys:
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          Nice cook, and an excellent writeup. Thanks! Now to find a CI pan that fits my kamado as nicely as yours does your PK-360.

          Last edited by fzxdoc; July 22, 2019, 05:48 AM.


          • Polarbear777
            Polarbear777 commented
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            I didn’t get a shot of the DO with lid on. This square camp chef fits really well and allows for the 15lbs or so I started with this cook.

            The camp chef has a small opening in the lid and base for thermometer probes. Lets it seal it well and still have temp readings. Considering grinding that into a couple of my others.
            Last edited by Polarbear777; July 22, 2019, 07:43 PM.

          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
            Editing a comment
            I didn't realize that it's a Camp Chef DO, Polarbear777. Very nice.

        • grantgallagher
          Club Member
          • Feb 2018
          • 1102
          • NJ

          i just did this on saturday. never thought of putting it back on once pulled though....that sounds interesting.


          • Troutman
            Club Member
            • Aug 2017
            • 7609
            • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas

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            That sir is an excellent write up. That may be a candidate for sticky status !! You really crammed a ton of meat on that cooker.

            (Check your pix upload, you have some duplicates carried over, just remove them to clean up)


            • holehogg
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 2532
              • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

              Now that's how it's done. Was planning pulled beef for this comming weekend and I just found my method.
              Thank you Sir.


              • au4stree
                Club Member
                • Aug 2018
                • 608
                • Heart of Dixie
                • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

                Great write up PB, that PK360 never ceases to amaze.


                • Polarbear777
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 1843

                  By the way typically folks will add BBQ sauce after the braise step ( Black Swan is a good choice here) but I’m good with no sauce because I usually make massive amounts for leftovers and they are more versatile that way. Can always add sauce when reheating or split at the end and add sauce to half.


                  • TimmyR
                    Charter Member
                    • Nov 2014
                    • 97
                    • New Hampshire
                    • Cheers,


                    On deck this week. Planning on smoking a couple of 5 pound chuck roasts on my BGE and finishing in a new CampChef 12 Deluxe Dutch Oven.


                    • TimmyR
                      Charter Member
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 97
                      • New Hampshire
                      • Cheers,


                      Long cook but tasty. I'll allow for more time in the future. Thanks for the recipe. These make tasty tacos for sure.
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