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Smoked Chuck Roast Recipe | Smoked Like a Brisket on Pellet Grill

Updated: Jun 2

smoked chuck roast like a brisket
Smoked Chuck Roast

How to Smoke Chuck Roast Like a Brisket

A.K.A. Poor man's brisket. Welcome to the world of smoky, succulent, and tender smoked chuck roast! While brisket often takes the spotlight in the barbecue world, chuck roast can be an excellent alternative for those looking to create a mouthwatering, budget-friendly smoked dish. Chuck roast is an amazing versatile cut of meat, you can trim it thin to make Philly cheesesteaks, make a traditional roast, poor man's burnt ends, or smoke it like a brisket.

We marinated our chuck roast overnight in Bachan's original Korean BBQ sauce. We'll walk you through a step-by-step recipe for smoking chuck roast like a brisket. Get ready to elevate your BBQ game with this savory treat.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinade: overnight

Cook time: approx. 4 hours until internal temp reaches 201 degrees.

Ingredients for Smoked Chuck Roast

  • 1 Chuck Roast (4-6 pounds)

  • BBQ Rub - I used Killer Hogs AP Seasoning

  • Bachan's original Korean BBQ

  • Aluminum foil

  • A meat thermometer - I use ThermPro Temp Spike

  • Smoker or Grill

Select and Prepare the Chuck Roast:

Choose a well-marbled chuck roast, preferably between 4 to 6 pounds. Trim any excess fat, leaving about 1/4 inch to enhance flavor and tenderness.

Season with Your BBQ Rub:

Generously apply your preferred BBQ rub all over the chuck roast. I use Killer Hogs AP. It's a perfect combination of salt, pepper, garlic. Make sure to coat it evenly, so every bite is bursting with flavor. Next place roast in a container with a lid and coat with Bachan's Original Korean BBQ sauce and let marinade overnight in the refrigerator.

Killer Hogs AP Seasoning

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Fire up the Smoker:

Preheat your smoker to a temperature of 225-250°F.

Add Smoke:

I used Pit Boss Freedom Blend pellets with some Mesquite mixed in as well.

Smoke the Chuck Roast:

Place the seasoned and marinated chuck roast on the grates of the smoker or grill. Feel free to spritz with beef stock every 45 minutes until you wrap it. Close the lid.

Maintain a steady temperature of 225-250°F.

How long does it take to smoke a chuck roast?

Approximately 4 hours

Monitor the Internal Temperature:

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Smoke the chuck roast until it reaches 165°F.

Wrap in Foil:

Once the chuck roast reaches an internal temperature of around 165°F, wrap it in aluminum foil to help it retain moisture and speed up the cooking process.

Rest and Slice:

Once the chuck roast reaches 195-203°F, remove it from the smoker or grill and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and results in a more tender final product. Do not skip the resting process.

Slice your smoked chuck roast against the grain into thin delicious pieces.


Plate your slices of smoked chuck roast and serve with your favorite side dish. I made smoked mac and cheese to go with mine.

Enjoy your smoked chuck roast!!

Smoking a chuck roast like a brisket is a flavorful adventure that will impress your family and friends. By following this recipe, you can create a tender and delicious dish that is budget-friendly and packed with smoky goodness. Don't be surprised if your guests start asking for smoked chuck roast again and again.

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