Tender roast on a beef chuck budget

James Carrier Tender roast on a beef chuck budget
Tips for getting great flavor and texture

Salt-and-Pepper Beef Roast

There's not much challenge in roasting a choice cut of beef to perfection: Rare or well done, it's tender. But it's also pricey - too much so for most of us for everyday meals. An economical, workaday alternative, with excellent beef flavor, is a chuck roast, cut from the shoulder - perhaps hot for dinner one day, cold for sandwiches or salads another.

However, to retain its tenderness, this firm-textured meat (favored for long, slow braising) must not be cooked beyond rare; well done, it's just plain chewy.

Two more tricks: a brief salt-and-sugar cure to enhance juiciness and flavor, and a final coat of pepper and horseradish that is tempered during roasting.

DownComment IconEmail IconFacebook IconGoogle Plus IconGrid IconInstagram IconLinkedin IconList IconMenu IconMinus IconPinterest IconPlus IconRss IconSave IconSearch IconShare IconShopping Cart IconSpeech BubbleSnapchat IconTumblr IconTwitter IconWhatsapp IconYoutube Icon