We usually use a top round roast, but a bottom round roast should work too. If you're unsure, ask your butcher! Since the meat is slow roasted for a long amount of time, even tougher, more lean cuts of meat will be tender. Read our post about beef roast grades.
The Chateaubriand beef tenderloin roast is considered to be the most tender cut of beef for a roast. This cut of beef comes from the loin area of the cow, which is right below the backbone, behind the rib section and in front of the sirloin section.
For roasts, the best cuts include rib (on the bone or boned and rolled), sirloin, top rump and fillet. For quick cooking, try fillet, entrecôte, rib eye, sirloin or rump steaks. Brisket, topside and silverside are good for pot roasts, and stewing and braising steak are good for stews and casseroles. Good to know: beef sirloin roast.
Even though the shoulder roast comes from the same general area, the meat is leaner and more tender than chuck roast. In fact, steaks cut from the shoulder roast can often go straight from the refrigerator to the grill, with no marinade or special preparation required. See also: beef roast vs pot roast.
Chuck roast comes from a cow's shoulder portion. The hindquarters and shoulder area are both well-used parts of the cow, so these two cuts of meat are naturally pretty tough. Most people agree that roasted rump is the more tender of the two. Read more: beef roast guide.
Chuck roast has more fat and connective tissue, so it tends to break into strands as it “melts”. That adds to the flavor and to the texture/mouth feel. Bottom round has less of the fat and connective tissue, so it holds together better and slices nicely, which makes for great pot roast sandwiches.
Blade roast or steak (boneless): Blade roast is highly marbled and juicy. Pounding, marinating and slow cooking tenderize this cut's tough connective tissue. It can also be grilled or sautéed for tender and flavourful results. Good to read: oyster blade steak good for.
Salmon cut beef is a beautifully lean cut of British beef. It's taken from a single muscle in the cow, making it a fantastic choice for a beef roasting joint – not unlike the silverside beef joint. Because it's such a lean cut, it reduces waste and means you get maximum meat for your money! Previously: bread and butter roast.
While both are large, tough cuts of budget-friendly beef, the main difference that sets these two roasts apart is where on the animal they're cut from. Top round roast is cut from the rear leg and is more lean than chuck roast, which is cut from the shoulder and contains more fat. More reading: beef roast done temp.
Cook Low and SlowThis long, slow braise breaks down the connective tissue and fat, creating deliciously soft and juicy meat. Why is meat still tough in the slow cooker? It's because you haven't let the collagen break down.
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Cooked low and slow on the stovetop, beef chuck or shoulder roast becomes a fall-apart tender pot roast. It requires slow cooking over low heat to ensure tender, flavorful meat. See also: beef roast vs chuck roast.
What is beef shoulder roast good for? This large primal comes from the shoulder area and yields cuts known for their rich, beefy flavor. Features roasts ideal for slow- cooking as well as more tender, grill-ready cuts such as the Flat Iron Steak. Read more: beef roast boneless.
It's expensive for multiple reasons, but mostly because it takes a LOT of meat to make it, and meat ain't cheap. See, beef jerky is beef that has been dehydrated. That means you lose about 50–70% mass in producing it.
Moral of the story: If you've got the time, salt your meat for at least 40 minutes and up to overnight before cooking. If you haven't got 40 minutes, it's better to season immediately before cooking. Cooking the steak anywhere between three and 40 minutes after salting is the worst way to do it.
Here's what I do: I put a rack in the bottom of a roasting pan. Then I place the roast (no rubs or seasonings) on the rack and cover it with a lid. I put it in the oven at 400° for 15 or 20 minutes, then turn it down to 325° and roast for 30 minutes per pound. All it does is end up tough, chewy, and well-done.
Why is my rump roast tough? If your rump roast turns out tough, chances are it hasn't roasted long enough, or it's been overcooked without enough liquid. Rump roast needs liquid and it needs time in order to become tender and delicious. Good to read: beef roast types.
Bottom Round Roast | Lean. Great value and very lean. Best for roasting or slow-cooking and slicing thin. Roast derived from the Bottom Round Flat, also known as an Outside Round.
Chuck roasts are also referred to as chuck eye roasts, chuck pot roasts, and chuck roll roasts. Since you're always braising a pot roast, the meat will be tender and rich in flavor. Also check: lamb chuck.
While the chuck steak can certainly be grilled to perfection like any other steak, in order to get the most out of your meat it's best to marinate your chuck steak for at least a couple of hours before it hits the grill.