The Best Smoked Chuck Roast

This isn’t your average salt and pepper rubbed smoked chuck roast. The rub for this recipe is a little more complex and includes ingredients that will really amp up its already beefy flavor. So, if you don’t have a lot of time to smoke a brisket, here is the perfect and budget-friendly alternative.

Best Smoked Chuck Roast Recipe

The Best Smoked Chuck Roast

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: beef barbecue, chuck roast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 1 chuck roast 4 pounds

For rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon umami powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Togorashi spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice powdered


  • If you cannot locate umami powder (a seasoning made out of powdered mushrooms), simple use 1/2 tablespoon more salt. Togarashi has a very distinct flavor that combines pepper flakes, sesame seeds, seaweed, and other spices. You can simply replace this with cayenne pepper to get a burst of spiciness.
  • Prepare smoker for a 6 to 8 hour smoke at temperatures around 250 to 275 degrees F.
  • Combine the rub ingredients and apply to the meat evenly. Chuck roasts have lots of crevices and spaces. Work the rub into these areas but don't leave heavy pockets of the rub.
  • Place the chuck roast on smoker once it has reached temperature. Cook for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees Test the meat temperature in several locations in thick chunks of the meat.
  • Once the meat has reached 190 degrees F remove it from the smoker, wrap in foil and allow to rest for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Afterwards, unwrap the roast and shred or cut into small bite-sized pieces.


You can purchase Togorashi Spice and Umami Powder easily online or in many Asian grocery stores.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

I suggest following up this Smoked Chuck Roast with a Classic Lemon Meringue Pie.

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