Fiery Smoked Chuck Roast

Chuck roast goes on sale here every so often and since I’m huge fan of smoked chuck, I always rummage through the meat case and find some that has nice marbling and is the same thickness throughout and rush home to toss it on the smoker. One of my favorite dishes is this fiery smoked chuck roast.

I’ve smoked Cajun chuck roast, Barbacoa-style, and just ‘plain’ ole chuck roast and all were fantastic. This time I decided to go the spicy route and marinate the roast overnight in Goya’s chipotle marinade. The beef took on a wonderful flavor that wasn’t overly spicy but still had a really nice kick. Perfect on a sandwich, and much cheaper than brisket.
Fiery Smoked Chuck RoastSmoked chuck roast looks and ‘acts’ pretty much like smoked brisket. It slices well if you prefer yours sliced. It chops well if you’re into that. And it pulls great too. I like mine pulled just like pulled pork BBQ. Mounded high on a bun I’m a very happy guy. Fiery smoked chuck roast makes me happy.

Fiery Smoked Chuck Roast

Prep Time1 d
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time1 d 6 hrs
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1/2 24 ounce bottle Goya Mojo Chipotle Marinade
  • Chipotle chili powder to taste (or substitute your favorite spicy rub)

Instructions

  • Place the chuck roast into a resealable container or bag.
  • Add the marinade. Seal and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F.
  • Shake off any excessive marinade and sprinkle the roast with the chipotle chili powder.
  • Smoke for two hours.
  • Transfer meat to a large piece of foil and seal tightly.
  • Return to the smoker and smoke another 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 200 F.
  • Remove from the smoker and let rest 30 minutes before slicing or chopping.

Smoked Blueberry Beanie Weenie

I do love a big, big batch of smoked baked beans. And I love beans and weenies. So I was intrigued when I came across this recipe for smoked blueberry beanie weenies. My first reaction was “What? Blueberry?”. Well, you often put maple syrup in beans and on pancakes. And you put blueberry syrup on pancakes… so maybe that’s where the original idea came from? Well, whatever spurred it, I love them. They are a very pleasant change from the usual beans that you’re expecting. Don’t tell anyone that there’s blueberry syrup in these beans. Just sit back and watch the surprise on their faces as they take their first bites.
Smoked Blueberry Beanie WeenieOther than the addition of blueberry syrup, these smoked blueberry beanie weenies are pretty much your standard, awesome beanie weenies. It’s the syrup that’s the surprise. Since the syrup is fairly sweet I wasn’t real shy with the hot sauce. I wanted a little kick to go with the sweet.

Even my un-smoked beans and weenies are different. Try them.

Smoked Blueberry Beanie Weenie

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16 ounce can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16 ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3/4 cup blueberry syrup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper and hot sauce to taste
  • Hot dogs sliced as desired

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225 F. Use a light wood such as apple, maple or peach.
  • Place the beans in a large bowl.
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until just starting to crisp. Remove.
  • Add the onion and saute until softened. Remove.
  • Combine all but the hot dogs with the beans.
  • Pour the mixture into a 8" x 13" disposable pan and place on the smoker, uncovered, for 3 hours.
  • Stir in the hot dogs and cook another 30 minutes.
  • Serve.

Smoked Italian Meatloaf

Smoked meatloaf ends up on our dinner rotation with some regularity. Our meatloaf usually consists of a mixture of meat, spices, vegetables and some sort of binder to make it all come together. When I saw this idea for a smoked Italian meatloaf I was all over it in a heartbeat. It’s a combination of what I consider a fairly traditional meat mixture infused with Italian flavors, but then comes the tasty cool part. It’s stuffed with prosciutto, arugula, and provolone cheese! Mama mia!
Smoked Italian Meatloaf

The roll…

After you’ve combined the ingredients for the meat mixture, spread it out and topped it, you have a decision to make. Do you roll it up along the long axis, giving you a long loaf that produces a good number of smaller slices, or do you roll it along the short side, giving you a large loaf that produces super-big pieces and more toppings in every bite? Decisions, decisions.

I went with the long loaf and was very happy. But I can see how the short thicker loaf would have the advantage of giving your more toppings since there’ll be more layers. No matter which way you go, this is one fantastic meatloaf packed with Italian-inspired flavors.

Smoked Italian MeatloafSealing…

Make sure you seal up any seams before putting the meatloaf onto your smoker. And be careful moving the loaf to your smoker. To make things easier I transferred the assembled loaf onto a disposable grill topper while still in the kitchen. I just had to roll the loaf off of my cutting board and onto the topper. No risk of the loaf rolling off the smoker or falling apart.

Smoked Italian MeatloafFor a wonderful topping after you’ve sliced the loaf, try my smoked provolone cheese sauce. Like a little kick to your meatloaf? Smoked habanero meatloaf is the thing for you.

Smoked Italian Meatloaf

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

For the meat mixture

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • Dried basil to taste (I used about 1/2 tablespoon)
  • Dried oregano to taste (I used about 1/2 tablespoon)
  • Ground fennel to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

For the stuffing

  • A few handfuls arugula rinsed, patted dry
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

For the glaze

  • Chili sauce
  • Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for 275 F. Use a lighter wood such as a fruit wood.

For the meat mixture

  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  • Line a 9" x 13" 1" deep pan with foil. Make sure the foil extends over the sides of the pan by at least 1".
  • Add the meat mixture to the pan and flatten it out to fill the pan, making sure the meat is the same thickness throughout. I found just using the palms of my hands to be the easiest way to do this.

For the stuffing

  • Later the arugula, prosciutto and provolone cheese on top of the meat, leaving a 1" border around the edges.
  • To roll up, start along the long end (or short end if you want a thicker loaf) and start to foll about 1" of the meat over onto itself. Keep going, back and forth, rolling as you go.
  • Seal the ends and the seam. You don't want the contents to escape.
  • Transfer to the smoker and smoke for 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the loaf measures 150 F in several places.
  • Combine the glaze ingredients and brush over the top of the loaf.
  • Smoke another 30 minutes.
  • Remove and let rest for 45 minutes. If you don't let it rest long enough the cheese will ooze out when you slice it.
  • Slice and serve.