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Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

Our Smoked Chuck Tender Roast is a delicious and savory dish that is perfect for any occasion. The chuck tender roast, a cut of beef taken from the shoulder, is slow smoked on our pellet grill until it is tender and juicy.

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

Traeger Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

This recipe is perfect for those of you who love the smoky flavor of barbecue but want to try something different from the usual brisket or ribs. Serve it with your favorite bbq sides and enjoy a hearty and satisfying meal.

Chuck roasts are one of our favorite cuts of beef to cook. In fact, we have several pages of Chuck Roast Recipes to choose from. One of my favorites is our fork-tender Traeger Smoked Mississippi Pot Roast!

What is a chuck tender roast?

The chuck tender roast and regular chuck roast are both cuts of beef that come from the shoulder area of the cow, but they have some differences in terms of texture, tenderness, and flavor.

Chuck tender roasts come from the beef chuck primal, which is part of the supraspinatus muscle. It is a smaller and more tender cut compared to regular chuck roast because it is not heavily used by the cow. This cut is described as being similar to the filet mignon, but with more marbling. In fact, sometimes it is even referred to as a “mock tender roast”.

The chuck roast comes from a larger area of the shoulder and includes different muscles, such as the shoulder clod and the top blade. It is a tougher cut of beef that requires slow cooking methods like braising or slow roasting to break down the connective tissue and make it tender. We use regular chuck roast is known for its rich flavor and is often used in dishes like pot roast or beef stew.

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Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • chuck tender roast
  • SPG (salt, pepper, garlic – see notes)
  • apple cider vinegar

Try our Chuck Roast Stroganoff too!

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

How to make Smoked Chuck Roast Stroganoff

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Fire up your smoker and preheat it to 225°F.


Season and Smoke

Season your roast with SPG and put it on the grill. Let is smoke until it hits 160°F internal.

Spritz every hour with apple cider vinegar.



Wrap the roast with foil, but before sealing it, add a few tablespoons of ACV to the packet. Seal well and place back on the grill.

Turn the heat up to 250°F and continue cooking until the roast is probe tender, or reaches 205°F. Probe tender is the important part, but different roasts reach that at different temps, so start monitoring at about 198°F. A wireless thermometer like the Meater or a ThermoWorks Smoke are great options.

ThermoWorks Smoke

For all of your wireless grilling needs, the Smoke is the most reliable wireless thermometer I’ve ever used.



Let the roast rest for at least an hour, wrapped in a towel in a cooler, before slicing for best results. Reserve the liquid that’s inside the packet and drizzle it back over the meat after slicing.



Serve with some vinegary bbq sauce and enjoy!

Our Traeger Beef Birria is also made with chuck roast!

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

Smoked Chuck Roast FAQ

What’s the best way to store the leftovers?

Store these wrapped in the fridge for 3-5 days, total.

What else can you do with these leftovers?

You can make sandwiches, cube the roast up for Poor Man’s Burnt Ends, you can make Chili, Stuffed Pepper Stew, Irish Beef Stew, Smoked Baked Beans, and so much more. Make a few extras for good measure and you’ll eat all week long!

Are there any substitutions for the apple cider vinegar?

Sure! You can use beef broth, a tangy vinegar-based bbq sauce, hard apple cider, and beer are all good options.

Try our Tomahawk Ribeye too!

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

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Smoked Chuck Tender Roast
Yield: 6 servings

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

Smoked Chuck Tender Roast

A chuck tender roast is a special cut of meat that comes out so tender and delicious! If you can find this cut, grab it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 5 pound chuck tender roast
  • 3 tablespoons SPG (salt, pepper, garlic - see notes)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat your grill to 225°F.
  2. Season your roast with the SPG and rub into all sides of the meat. Place the meat on the grill.
  3. Cook the roast until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, spritzing with the apple cider vinegar (ACV) every hour.
  4. Once the roast reaches 160°F, wrap in foil and pour in several tablespoons of the ACV with the meat. Wrap tightly, so none of the liquid can escape.
  5. Bump up the grill temp to 250°F and continue cooking, wrapped, until the internal temperature reaches 205°F (or is probe-tender).
  6. Remove from the grill and let rest. Reserve the liquid from the foil packet when you open it up.
  7. Slice and serve with the braising liquid and some tangy barbecue sauce.


If you don't have a premade SPG, you can mix up your own. We like a 2:1:2 ratio.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 788Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 394mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 128g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

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.

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