Barbacoa-Style Smoked Chuck Roast

It’s an understatement to say I’m a big fan of smoking chuck roast. When it’s on sale it’s big time cheaper than brisket and yet still tender, moist and ‘beefy’. Sometimes I slice my smoked chuck roast, but more times than not I chop it for sandwiches or cut it into chunks for use in a chili or stew. This barbacoa-style smoked chuck roast packs fantastic flavor and juiciness, with a nice hint of heat. Perfect on a chopped beef sandwich!
Barbacoa-Style Smoked Chuck RoastI do not trim my chuck roasts before marinating them. I want all that fat to still be on the meat when I smoke it, adding flavor and moisture. After the meat is done I slice or chop it, leaving off the fatty pieces.

Barbacoa-Style Smoked Chuck Roast

Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 18 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike


  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3-4 chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 3-4 pound chuck roast untrimmed


  • Combine all but roast in a bowl.
  • Place the chuck roast into a large resealable bag or container.
  • Add the marinade. Toss to coat, seal, and marinade overnight.
  • Fire up your smoker for smoking at 250 F. Use a medium wood such as hickory.
  • Remove the beef from the marinade. Shake off the excess and transfer to the smoker.
  • Smoke until the roast reaches 145 F., about 1 hour.
  • Transfer the beef to a large piece of foil. Seal up tightly and return to the smoker. Smoke until the temperature reaches 200F, 4-5 hours more.
  • Remove from the smoker and let rest 15 minutes before slicing of chopping. Add any juices from the foil back into the meat for extra flavor.


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