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