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posted March 02, 2022

Smoked Cross Rib Roast

Ready for a roast that packs all the flavor and makes the most amazing sit-down family dinner? Leave it to Hey Grill Hey and this smoked cross rib roast to help you make a perfect Sunday roast the whole family will love.

Shredded cross rib roast on a dinner plate next to mashed potatoes with text overlay - Smoked Cross Rib Roast.

What is Cross Rib Roast?

Cross rib roasts come from the chuck primal section of the cow. It is a heavily used batch of muscle, with a great amount of fat (which equals flavor). The tight connective tissues in the roast itself means this particular cut is perfect for slow cooking and shredding.

This roast is a prime cut for smoking. A nice slow smoke, followed by cooking in a braise will add lots of flavor to this roast. Finish it off by shredding and serving it alongside some tasty Smoked Mashed Potatoes for a gorgeous meal.

Cross rib roast seasoned with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub.

Cross Rib Roast

This smoked cross rib roast is the ultimate Sunday or family supper roast. Slow smoked and then braised with savory seasonings and aromatics, this roast is loaded with rich flavor in every bite.

Completely comforting and incredibly easy to prepare, this is one roast recipe that will land in your regular rotation. I highly recommend bookmarking this page, or saving the recipe below for easy reference.

Seasoned cross rib roast on the smoker.

How to Smoke Cross Rib Roast

Even though this roast takes a bit of time to get it to that perfect doneness, it is well worth the effort! Plan on making this on a weekend with a group of hungry folks coming for dinner!

  1. Season. This roast is amazing when seasoned with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub. You can puchase this awesome rub from our store, or you can keep things simple and season your meat with equal parts kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  2. Smoke. Preheat your preferred smoker to 275 degrees F. Once the smoker is running at a consistent temperature, place the roast directly on the grates, close the lid, and smoke until the roast reads 165 degrees F. This will likely take around 4 hours, but be sure to cook to temperature and not to time.
  3. Braise. Make the braise in a disposable aluminum pan, and add the roast. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil, and return it to the smoker. Finish smoking until the roast reaches 205 degrees F.
  4. Shred and serve. Remove the roast from the grill and shred. Snag some of my meat shredder claws to make quick work of that shredding. Drizzle additonal braising liquid over the meat for added flavor and serve alonside your favorite comforting sides.

Whole cross rib roast in a braise.

How Long to Smoke a Cross Rib Roast

This roast is best cooked in a low and slow smoke. Plan on around 6-7 hours of total cook time for this roast.

Smoke the meat directly on the grill for an initial 4 hours until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Next, finish the beef in a brase covered in foil until it comes to a final temperature of at least 205 degrees F (2-3 hours).

As with any other smoked meat, time is not as important as temperature, and each meat will cook at a different time. Use this 6-7 hour cook time as a general gauge, and rely on a meat thermometer to best keep track of your meat.

Shredded cross rib roast on a dinner plate next to mashed potatoes and carrots.

More Smoked Roast Recipes

Do you have a large crowd to feed or family coming in to town for the weekend? Smoke up a delicious beef roast to keep everyone full and happy! Check out a few of our favorite smoked roast recipes from Hey Grill Hey.

Smoked Cross Rib Roast Recipe

Here at Hey Grill Hey, we’re all about helping you make good BBQ for the people you love. This shredded roast is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face while making you feel like the ultimate BBQ hero.

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Shredded cross rib roast on a dinner plate next to mashed potatoes and carrots.

Smoked Cross Rib Roast

Susie Bulloch
Ready for a roast that packs all the flavor and makes the most amazing sit-down family dinner? Leave it to Hey Grill Hey and this smoked cross rib roast to help you make a perfect Sunday roast the whole family will love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time : 6 hrs
Total Time : 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 971kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 3-4 pound cross rib roast
  • 3 teaspoon Beef Rub (or equal parts salt and pepper)

Cross Rib Roast Braise

  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat. Heat your smoker to 275 degrees F with your favorite hardwood. I love oak and cherry with this cut of beef.
  • Season. While the grill is preheating, prepare your roast. Season on all sides with the Beef Rub or salt and pepper.
  • Smoke. Place the roast on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for approximately 4 hours, or until the roast reads 165 degrees F.
  • Make the braise. Assemble the ingredients for the braise while the roast smokes. Place the butter, garlic, onions, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and rosemary in the bottom of an aluminum pan or cast iron pot (with a fitted lid).
  • Braise. Place the smoked roast atop the braising ingredients, and cover the pan tightly with foil. Return the roast to the smoker and continue cooking at 275 degrees F until the roast reads an internal temperature of at least 205 degrees F and shreds easily with a knife. This braising step should take approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the size of your roast.
  • Shred and serve. Remove the roast to a serving platter and shred. Strain out the sprigs of herbs from the pan juices. Drizzle the strained liquid over the shredded beef for moisture and flavor. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 971kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 35g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 1417mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4mg
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