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landarc 04-24-2013 11:48 PM

Pulled Beef stop a 'jacking
In response to a question about how to do pulled beef, that was thread jacked into another thread...oh the horror :becky:

Pulled beef can be made with either brisket or chuck. I prefer to use chuck. It is really not a lot different than making pulled pork, you take the chunk of meat, rub it with anything from salt and pepper, to some fancy conconction and cook it until it shreds easily. There are lots of permutations, from that point on, for making it into a myriad of dishes.

My normal process...

1. I like to run my UDS around 280F or so, largely because that is where it likes to settle in, no matter what I do. Get it fired up and stabilized. I find even at this heat, chuck roasts can be remarkably stubborn.

2. I will usually cook the chuck for 2 hours with no pan or covering, or until the color look about where I want. It is rarely less than 2 hours. This is done directly on the grate. Unlike brisket, where I go cooler for the first hour to try and get a nice smoke ring, with a chuck, put the spurs on from the get go.

3. Once the color is right, I like to pan and foil the chuck, with 1/2 cup of jus, stock or even water (some use beer). I tightly foil the pan, to speed things up. Now, I don't always do this, cause sometimes, I want to cook it all the way on the grate, I get a little dryer product. which I prefer for things like tacos.

4. I have had poor results with probing a chuck, so I use a fork and push it in and twist, if the fibers of the meat split easily, then I pull it. Often, this is not until the meat is 210F or more. You have to be patient. Foiled, it can be 4 houors, unfoiled, you could easily be looking at more than 6 hours.

landarc 04-24-2013 11:56 PM

Pulled chuck, cooked without panning...

Neonnblack 04-25-2013 12:41 AM

MMM pulled chuck. I do it roughly the same, 3 or 4 hours uncovered, then the rest of its time just foiled with nothing added. Little longer cook time than PP but its worth it.

Pyle's BBQ 04-25-2013 01:14 AM

Just so I can get more answers, here is the link to the almost 'jacked.

This is a cross 'jacking.

chicagokp 04-25-2013 05:53 AM

I'm with Landarc. Same general experience and technique. And I find the fork test works better as well.

jonboy 04-25-2013 06:41 AM

Once you have foiled the brisket, is there any reason to not crank up the heat and get it done? :decision:


bignburlyman 04-25-2013 08:42 AM


Originally Posted by jonboy (Post 2459846)
Once you have foiled the brisket, is there any reason to not crank up the heat and get it done? :decision:


That is what I do, once I foil or pan I turn the heat up to 325 or so on my Traeger. When it is foiled all I am doing is finishing the cook, but I don't want it so hot that it scorches the bottom of the pan so I don't go any higher than 325.

Gore 04-25-2013 08:57 AM

Thanks Bob, the question really comes down to chuck or brisket. I honestly can't tell you which I prefer for taste. It's usually the one I made last. I do find chuck much more forgiving though.

(I just realized this is Q-talk. What am I doing here?)

Lake Dogs 04-25-2013 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by Pyle's BBQ (Post 2459806)
Just so I can get more answers, here is the link to the almost 'jacked.

This is a cross 'jacking.

For those of us of programmer ilk, doesn't the create a hijack endless loop?

skipz0r 04-25-2013 09:07 AM

Chuck > Pulled Pork in this house. As I can get chuck (we bescribe it here as being part of the shoulder) for the same price as a pork shoulder I always pick chuck.

I do like the foil method very much, but I still did it low and slow with briquettes and hickory, only the last 20 degrees celcius it was in the foil. So its longer on the Q unfoiled than foiled. I go till 88 - 90 degrees celcius with it. Think ill next time us this method!

Some pics;

2,5 kilo's of chuck

rubbeb with mustard and Worcester Sauce first, then S&P, brown castersuggar, garlic and onion powder and sweet paprica

End result, nicest bark I achieved was the first time!

This was only part of it, we ate with 5 ppl of it and where completly stuffed including some ciabatta bread and potatosalad.

1buckie 04-25-2013 09:28 AM

landarc's step-by-step is great !!!
Thank You for that !!!!

I love pulled beef, maybe even more than PPork, which is hard to beat.......

I've also used clod (which is cousin to chuck) ~~>

Injected cheater to keep the moisture level up & garlic cloves stabbed all over a various depths

Or, tri-tip ~~~>

MMmmmmm............Beef flavored soft spagetti........

tri-tip is my favorite & is actually less expensive than chuck in these parts.....if youi watch for specials..........

skipz0r 04-25-2013 09:34 AM

Holy cow, that clod look gr-eat. How much lb/kg was that?

1buckie 04-25-2013 09:40 AM


Originally Posted by skipz0r (Post 2459996)
Holy cow, that clod look gr-eat. How much lb/kg was that?

1/2 of a whole piece.....about 13#...or 6kg.....

swinn 04-25-2013 10:46 AM

This makes my mouth water

skipz0r 04-25-2013 11:01 AM


Originally Posted by 1buckie (Post 2460007)
1/2 of a whole piece.....about 13#...or 6kg.....

Looks heavier to me. Unfortunally impossible to get that kind of cut her, dont think a butcher will supply it to.

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