If you're contemplating grilling a beef chuck steak, here are some tips that can help. Follow this easy recipe for a grilled chuck roast with a marinade.
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Beef Chuck Roast
Texas A&M University (TAMU) explains that a chuck roast is from the front shoulder area of the animal. According to TAMU, beef chuck is a good source of protein, iron and vitamin B12. A study published in the August 2016 issue of the journal Proceedings of the Nutrition Society says that due to its high protein and nutrition content, red meat can be part of a healthy diet.
Although it is both healthy and flavorful, the shoulder region of the animal contains a large muscle that does a lot of work and holds up a lot of weight, so it can be a pretty tough cut of meat, notes TAMU. While moist heat is probably your best bet when it comes to tenderizing tougher cuts of meat, grilling could work as well. If possible, try to buy a chuck arm roast or a chuck blade steak, since those are more conducive to grilling.
The University of Maryland suggests marinating tough cuts of meat to tenderize them and add flavor without adding to the calorie or fat content of the meal. Marinades can transform tougher, less expensive cuts of meat into delectably tender, moist and flavorful meals.
In fact, they may even do more than that; Harvard Health Publishing notes that marinating food for some time before grilling it can help prevent the formation of potential carcinogenic compounds in the food.
Grilling a Beef Chuck Steak
Follow these steps to make a grilled chuck roast with a marinade.
- Make the marinade: The University of Maryland lists a beef marinade recipe that uses 1 cup of ketchup, 1 cup of cider, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 6 tablespoons of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of seasoning salt, 3 tablespoons of freshly ground pepper and 2 tablespoons of sea salt. You can adjust the ingredients of the marinade to your tastes.
- Marinate the meat: Place the chuck roast in the marinade and refrigerate it overnight. Keep it in the fridge until you're ready to cook it; avoid taking it out and leaving it on the countertop in advance. This could give harmful bacteria a chance to multiply and contaminate the food, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA).
- Start with a clean grill: Before grilling the beef chuck steak, clean your grill with a wire brush, followed by a cleaning cloth. Harvard Health Publishing explains that this can help prevent any charred buildup from sticking to the meat.
- Grill the meat: The University of Maryland recommends grilling the meat for approximately eight minutes on either side on a hot grill without any flames. To check whether it's done, the USDA advises using a food thermometer to check that the meat has reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The meat should exceed this temperature before you remove it from the grill to be considered safe for consumption.
- Serve the meal: The USDA recommends letting the meat rest for at least three minutes before you carve it or eat it for better safety and quality. Try serving your grilled chuck roast with our Colorful Rice Pilaf and Chopped Almond String Beans.
- Texas A&M University: “How to Transform Cheap Chuck Steak and Roast Into a Great Meal”
- Texas A&M University: “Cooking With Beef Chuck Roast”
- Proceedings of the Nutrition Society: “The Role of Red Meat in the Diet: Nutrition and Health Benefits”
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “Meat Cuts ID and Cooking Recommendations — Chuck”
- University of Maryland: “Flavor Meat With Marinades”
- Harvard Health Publishing: “5 Tips for Healthy Grilling”
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: “Refrigeration and Food Safety”
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: “Keep Food Safe! Food Safety Basics”