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  • jdsmith
    Club Member
    • Aug 2020
    • 7
    • NW Ohio

    What to do with half a cow?

    We bought half a cow last year and part of my justification for buying a smoker was to make better use of many of the cuts that would otherwise get cooked in a crock pot. Here's what I have left and some of my ideas for cooking them - anyone have comments or better ideas?

    Hardware available:
    Weber Genesis gasser with sear burner
    Rectec RT-700 pellet smoker

    4 Chuck Roasts
    My first cook on the smoker was a chuck roast using the Smoked and Sliced Beef Chuck Roast Recipe, I think the middle wasn't completely thawed so it took longer than expected and I pulled it at 170 deg IT, but my family still gobbled it up. Planning on doing the rest of the chuck roast the same way, allowing enough time to get to 180 deg IT.

    1 Sirloin Tip Roast

    3 Arm Roasts - I read somewhere to cook them the same way as the chuck roast?

    1 Brisket - I was going to save this for a bit until a had a few more cooks under my belt on the smoker and got to know it a bit better. Any suggestion of a good recipe for a first brisket cook?

    2 Rump Roasts - I read somewhere that I can cook this like a prime rib, some suggested slicing it thin for sandwiches. My family is not really interested in either option. Beef jerky?

    "Beef for Stew" - give to my wife to put in the crock pot?

  • theroc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 839
    • Altadena, CA
      • Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault
      • Buckaroo Chunk Wood Grill
      • Weber Summit Gold D Gas Grill
      • Fireboard
      • Thermapen MkIV

    #2
    The sirloin. tip, arm and rump roasts do really well cooking with sous-vide and then sear. Or do sous-vide Q and finish them on the smoker after the sous-vide and ice bath.

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    • Jfrosty27
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 1329
      • Muskego, WI
      • Current cookers:
        Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
        Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
        Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
        Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
        Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
        Onlyfire rotisserie kit for 22" kettle
        Weber Smokey Joe
        SnS Deluxe
        Vortex
        The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
        Blackstone 17" griddle
        Joule Sous Vide circulator

        Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
        Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

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ID:	902482 Might want to try making one of those chuck roasts into burnt ends in the Recteq RT700. I have an RT700 too and do these frequently. Really easy and very delish.

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      • jumbo7676
        jumbo7676 commented
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        My first thought with the chuckies was also burnt ends.

      • Stuey1515
        Stuey1515 commented
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        That's a sensational looking cut of beef, beautifully marbled, I bet that ate well!!

      • Jfrosty27
        Jfrosty27 commented
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        Yes that piece was American Waygu. Over $30 for it. 😬
    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 6410
      • Virginia
      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
        Thermopops
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        Cold beer

      #4
      Cook a chukie low n slow like a brisket to approximately 200* (probe tender) and pull like a pork butt.

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