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Traeger Smoked and Pulled Beef

My Traeger Smoked and Pulled Beef is BBQ Beef, but like on overdrive. This starts out on your wood-fired grill or smoker and smokes on low heat for 6 hours, and then gets beer braised in a dutch oven on your Traeger or stovetop (or Instant Pot) until that roast is fork-tender and shreddable.

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

This shredded barbecue beef recipe takes a lot of time, but thankfully most of this is passive cooking time. You could even do the braise in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker if you wanted to “set it and forget it” while you go to work for the braise portion. I’m all about “hands-off” cooking, especially during a one-to-two-day marathon like this is!

What type of roast should I smoke?

For this particular recipe, I used a sirloin tip roast. You can use whatever cut you prefer, just keep an eye on the final braise time because that will vary depending on your specific cut of meat.

Personally, I prefer a leaner cut like this sirloin roast for shredded barbecue beef, but I know many others prefer something more marbled and with a higher fat content, like a chuck roast.

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Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

What can you do with a chuck roast?

Chuck roasts are super versatile! You can make them into stew, roast beef with gravy, shredded tequila lime tacos, and even this pulled smoked beef bbq. So many things!

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You can do just as many things with this sirloin roast too, to be fair, and in my area, the sirloin roast is cheaper.

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

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How to make a delicious fall apart smoked beef roasts?

The key to a great fall-apart beef roast is a final cook with liquid and low and slow temps. I like to do this covered in a dutch oven with beer, hard cider, or red wine and beef stock if I’ll be making a gravy out of the drippings.

The slow smoke at the beginning of this is really key to the bark you see in these pictures, and also the amazing flavor of the sandwiches at the end. You cannot substitute real wood-fired flavor, no matter what anyone tells you. Don’t believe it. Take your liquid smoke and go throw it out of your window, immediately, because NO.

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

Tips for Making Delicious Smoked Beef Roast

Don’t Skimp on the Seasoning!!!!!!

Is that enough exclamation points, because it is SO IMPORTANT that you do a really thorough dry rub on this. Beef needs seasoning, and salt, and a great rub also helps the smoke really adhere to the meat too.

Be Patient!

The smoke takes about 4-5 hours. You want to mostly leave it alone, besides flipping it a few times during the smoke to ensure there’s even coverage from the smoke.

Braising Liquid Matters!

Whether you use your favorite beer, hard cider, wine, or broth, make sure that you fill your pot until it covers about halfway up the roast. Cover the pot, and let it slowly braise until it is fork tender.

Depending on what type of roast you are using, this could take a few hours or up to 5 or 6 hours in some cases. Just BE PATIENT! It’ll get there. Flip it a few times so both sides of the roast get braised evenly.

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

How to braise a smoked beef roast

Dutch Oven

You can go old fashioned if you’d like, and braise your smoked beef roast in a big dutch oven. This will take several hours. How many really depends on the beef roast you are using. Different types take longer to tenderize and become fork tender.

To really get the most flavor out of this, I’d recommend a Dutch oven on the Traeger. If you would prefer, you can also dutch oven it on the stovetop as well.

Instant Pot

I went the Instant Pot route with this particular dinner, and it worked fabulously. It also cut the braising time in half by utilizing pressure. Start by turning it on at high pressure for 60 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 20-30.

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

What Kind Of Barbecue Sauce for your Smoked Beef Roast?

I prefer to make my own homemade barbecue sauce, but if you aren’t up for that I highly recommend finding something local and amazing. My current favorite is this one from a local food crafter in my area. I stock up when I find it because I love it THAT much.

No matter what kind of bbq sauce you choose, you’re going to have a really hard time going wrong with this amazingly tender and flavorful beef. I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as we did!

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Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

Traeger Smoked Beef Roast

My Traeger Smoked Beef Roast is BBQ Beef, but like on overdrive. This starts out on your wood-fired grill or smoker, and smokes on low heat for 6 hours, and then gets a slow beer braise on the stovetop until that roast is fork-tender and shreddable.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Smoke Time 5 hours
Braise Time 4 hours
Total Time 9 hours 10 minutes



  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 200°-220°F.
  2. Trim excess fat off of your roast, and coat liberally with the bbq dry rub.
  3. Place on the grill, and let smoke for an hour.
  4. Continue flipping the roast every hour for the next 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove from the grill, and place into your braising vessel with the two beers. You may need three if your braising container is super large. You want it to come up about 1/2 way on the roast.
  6. Braise until fork tender and shreddable. This will vary depending on your specific roast, and your braising method.
  7. Stovetop/grill braising will typically take 3-4 hours. (Turn the grill up to 325° if you'll be using it for the braising portion.)
  8. Instant Pot braising will typically take 60 minutes + natural pressure release time of 25-30 minutes.
  9. Once the roast is fork tender, remove the braising liquid from the pan, reserving 1-2 cups.
  10. Shred the beef, removing any excess fat or connective tissue, and return the reserved braising liquid to the pan. Add in your favorite barbecue sauce, stir, and keep warm until serving. This can keep and maintain quality for several hours, and also reheats very well.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 829Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 295mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 86g

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Friday 20th of May 2022

What temperature do you braise the beef in the Dutch oven on the smoker?

Nicole Johnson

Friday 20th of May 2022

Oooh good catch. Updating the recipe card to reflect that briasing is best at slightly higher temps than the smoking portion. I'd turn the grill up to 325° for that portion.


Monday 21st of March 2022

What temp do you smoke on the pellet smoker?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 21st of March 2022

200-220 is typically what the "smoke" setting runs on. I'm updating the recipe to account for the updated grill settings. Thanks!

Rusty Shackelford

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Hello, Im going to be doing a tri-tip for this recipe, what do you recommend for the braising in an instant pot? Im new to using instant pots and am not too familiar with them.

Thank you so much!

Rusty Shackelford

Friday 4th of March 2022

@Nicole Johnson, thank you so much for your quick response!! I am going to try that second recipe you sent, it looks great!

Nicole Johnson

Friday 4th of March 2022

Hey Rusty! Personally, I wouldn't use a tri-tip for pulled beef. I don't think it'll pull the way that chuck does. The sirloin tip is much different than the tri-tip, despite the commonality in the name. If you want a great beef sandwich with tri tip, you can either cook it medium rare like a roast like this: OR do it brisket-style like this: Both make an amazing sandwich, topped with some bbq sauce! If you do try the tri tip, let me know how it turns out. As far as the instant pot part, I'd just follow the post guidelines and do high pressure with braising liquid for about an hour, and see how it goes. If it is a smaller roast you might want to start with 30 minutes. Or you can skip the Instant Pot and use a slow cooker. You could get up in the morning, smoke for 4-5 hours, throw it in the slow cooker with the liquid on high, and it should be ready for dinner. Good luck!

michael spak

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

How about recipe use the Ranger Thank you

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 28th of October 2021

I don't have a Ranger (yet), so I don't have specific instructions for that particular traeger. It should be easily adaptable though by following the temperatures here.

Elizabeth a burger

Saturday 28th of September 2019

I love cooking on the smoker.the meat is so tender and taste so good. Every thing is so great on the smoker.

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