Eye of the Round: Smoked roast beef

Discussion in 'Beef' started by lownslow, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. lownslow

    lownslow Smoke Blower

    Craving some roast beef so here is how I fixed that craving

    Injected with salty brine that included garlic powder and black pepper.  I rubbed with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, rosemary and rubbed sage.  Vacuum sealed for a few hours.


    Here it is unwrapped


    I then dried it off well and seared on all sides in a pan to develop more flavor.


    Then I barded it (french for wrappin in bacon) to keep it moist.


    In the smoker with hickory at 225-250.  Finished pics to follow.....
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looking good so far, can't wait to see it finished
  3. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    mmmmmm I'll be watchin this one for sure!!
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You are almost exactly halfway to some really good sandwiches. Now just go out there and smoke your hear out. And keep the Qview flowing.
  5. lownslow

    lownslow Smoke Blower

    Made some pan gravy from the pan I seared them in (chicken stock, garlic, flour, bacon fat, black pepper, salt) and some mashed spuds and a salad.  The juice in the bottom right is from the cutting board, juicy and flavorful meat.  It is a tough cut so sliced thinly it still has a little chew, but in a good way.



    Sandwiches tomorrow with some horseradish mayo, can't wait.
  6. lownslow

    lownslow Smoke Blower

    Forgot to say I took to 130 internal and let rest before carving.
  7. lownslow

    lownslow Smoke Blower

    Sliced for sandwiches:


    Lunch = horseradish mayo, parsley, parmesan, lettuce, salt and pepper, and good bread.  Can't get meat like that in the store, so much more flavor.  I also chopped up some of the bacon that was on the roast.

  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man that looks great.
  9. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome!  might have to pick me up a roast..  I have a garlic mayo that would be awesome for that.
  10. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    First of all.... Dang that looks good!!!!!!   That ain't no Arby's roast beef. I mean Dang... Dang... that looks good.

    Okay... now that the praise is over and the drool is whipped off my chin... I have a question.

    I have a food saver vac pack... and the little booklet that came with it has long since disappeared. But, I thought for sure that when I first got it, it told me not to vac pack wet items. I think it said everything should be dry or frozen solid first? Do we just have different models maybe? Or, have I just been thinking wrong these last couple of years. Also, I guess the vac pack helps suck the juices in to the meat? Has anyone weighed in on the science behind that? I'm not saying it doesn't. I'm just not sure if it works that way? I look forward to your feedback.

    Oh... and did I mention... Dang that looks good!!! 
  11. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I actually drooled over this one.  [​IMG]Great job and Q VIEW!    [​IMG]

    (points if I could)
  12. Your roast beef is beautiful! That may have to be my next project! Could you tell me roughly how long it took to get to 130* and did you keep smoke on it the entire time it was cooking?


  13. lownslow

    lownslow Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the praise.  It was really good.

    As for your questions.  We probably have different models, it is true that wet causes problems with sealing.  Mine has a feature that lets me hit the seal button when the juice gets near the unit.  An option if yours does not do this would be to freeze some icecube marinade (couldn't have too much salt) and chuck those into the bag.  If your sealer won't work like this a ziplock will work just as well, see longer explanation below.

    The science behind a salt rub or brine is this.  The salt concentration wants to be the same (at equilibrium).  When you add salt to the meat it first pulls water out of the cells so that the salt gets more diluted.  The salt then starts to move back into the muscle cells through diffusion to make the salt concentration equal on the inside and outside of the meat. 

    Another way to think of this is to imagine a bag of water.  Drop a spoonful of salt into that  water.  It will all settle to the bottom and then it will dissolve.  But the dissolved salt will not just sit on the bottom it will spread all around until it is at equal concentration throughout the bag.  It is the same with meat, given some time the salt will move into the meat and make it more flavorful, it will also denature (unwind) some proteins and allow them to bind to more water which makes the meat more moist.  As the salt moves in so do other flavorful compounds from your marinade.

    The problem is this.  If you just rub salt on meat and put it on a plate it will pull out the water and it will pool up on the plate.  It will have less chance of getting back in the meat and will make it dry.  By sealing it in a bag it ensures that the salt will have the opportunity to move back in.  So it is the surrounding the meat with the juices that helps not the vacuum.  A ziplock bag will work just as well.

    Sorry if that was too much of a tangent but I used to be a chemist and like this kind of stuff.
    I didn't smoke the whole time because my wife likes a lighter smoke.  But it could handle smoke for most of it.  I would say it was about 4 hours.

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