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How to Cook Chuck Roast in Oven With Oven Bag

For all the beef lovers out there, chuck roast is one succulent dish to get your taste buds tingling.

Although many might be put off by the idea of cooking chuck roast at home, owing to its lengthy cooking time, the process isn’t that hard if you have got some good cooking tricks up your sleeve.

Here I divulge all my secrets to cooking a tender and flavorful chuck roast in an oven or oven bag.

The chuck meat generally tends to be a bit tough because the chuck is located in the shoulder area of the beef. The best way thus, is to cook the meat slowly.

The little trick to keep the chuck roast tender and to cook it all the way through is to keep the roast moist throughout the cooking period. Here is where the oven bag plays its part!

The oven bag helps lock the moisture and thus tenderize the meat by breaking down all the tough fibers in it.

Moreover, the oven bag has a number of additional benefits. It’s versatile, convenient and very easy to clean up.

So invite your friends for a lovely Sunday lunch and serve them one delicious chuck roast, which they will remember for a long time!

 

Things you need in order to prepare a slow cook beef chuck roast in oven with oven bag:

  1. Salt
  2. Pepper
  3. Fresh or dried herbs ( your choice- both are equally good)
  4. Vegetables (chuck roast in oven with potatoes and carrots is yummy!)
  5. Beef broth
  6. Roasting pan
  7. Knife
  8. Fork
  9. Scissors
  10. Meat thermometer
  11. Serving plates

 

How To Cook Chuck Roast In Oven Bag In 9 Steps:

Remember to remove the roast from the oven well before cooking it in oven. Anywhere from 40 minutes up to 2 hours is enough to gently warm it up to the room temperature.

 

Step 1: Side by side, season the chuck roast with a dash of salt and pepper, along with your choice of fresh or dried herbs such as sage, thyme or rosemary.

 

Step 2: Carefully place the bag in a large roasting pan. Ideally, the depth of the pan should be 3 to 4 inches.

 

Step 3: Place the chuck roast in the bag. If you want to, you can add the vegetables beside the chuck roast. These can include 1-inch thick chunks of onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, minced garlic, celery and mushrooms.

 

Step 4: Now it’s time to add some liquid to really tenderize the meat.

You can add some water or better yet, some beef broth to add flavor to your dish.

You can also use some tomato sauce, wine or beer instead of the broth. It is completely up to you.

As for the exact quantity of liquid to be added, you should use about half cup for a large oven bag.

 

Step 5: Now close the bag tightly with the heatproof tie that comes with the oven bag.

Then take a knife or fork, and with its tip, make about four to six half-inch slits in the bag. Now tuck the ends of the bag securely into the pan so that the bag doesn’t hang over the sides of the pan and get spoiled.

 

Step 6: Preheat the oven to 150C / 300 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pan on the lower rack.

Make sure to allow a space of at least 8 inches around the sides of the pan as the bag will expand as it cooks.  Also, be careful that the bag doesn’t touch the sides of the oven or the upper oven rack – burning plastic is not good.

 

Step 7: Let the chuck roast cook in the oven until the moment when the meat thermometer inserted in the bag shows a reading of at least 145 F for medium-well. The cooking time for the chuck roast in the oven is approximately 2 hours for a 1.5 to 2.5 pound roast, or 3 hours for a 2.5 to 5 pound roast.

Check steak doneness level and steak cooking times for better results.

 

Step 8: Carefully remove the pan from the oven with a pair of oven gloves. Let the meat to stand for about 10 minutes to stabilize the juices inside.

Then proceed to open the bag by slicing of the top with a pair of scissors.

 

Step 9: Transfer the chuck roast to a serving plate alongside the vegetables. Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Tip: Keep the steak warm for longer by heating up the plates in the oven before serving.

 

Now that you’ve seen how to cook chuck roast in oven with oven bag, you may decide to improve the surface browning and quickly sear each side of the roast for about 2 minutes each.

Enjoy the golden crust!

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How to Pan Sear Chuck Roast On Stove Top In 6 Simple Steps

Chuck roast is that ideal comfort food you need once in a while.

Wholesome, inexpensive, and thoroughly delicious, it can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Although the meat may seem tough (it comes from the shoulder of the cow), if cooked the right way, it can be quite tender and juicy.

Searing the meat can give it a healthy steak color and add plenty of flavors that you wouldn’t be able to get with cooking it in the oven alone.

To get that meat cooked well, you need to make sure that you cook it slow and allow plenty of time for it to soften.

Cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker is an ideal preparation method then.

There are plenty of ways to cook chuck roast and one way is to pan sear the chuck roast.

Here’s all you need to know to whip up a cracking pan seared chuck roast.

Before we begin…I wanted to share these 3 secrets behind every perfect steak.

All right – ready now.

 

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Ingredients:

  1. 3-4 pound big piece of chuck roast meat (as always, I recommend this 3 lbs grass-fed chuck roast)
  2. 2 tablespoons cooking oil (e.g. coconut)
  3. Kosher salt and pepper according to taste
  4. 2 medium sized onions, peeled and chopped
  5. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped well
  6. 5 peeled garlic cloves
  7. About 1.5 cup red wine (optional)

 

6 Easy Ways To Pan Sear Chuck Roast In A Skillet on Stove Top:

Step 1: Remove the steak from the fridge well in advance before cooking. For a standard steak, that is usually around 40 minutes. However entire roast will need more time – up to 2 hours.

Pat dry the steak using paper towels – dry surface is much easier for getting browning (aka Maillard reaction).

 

Step 2: Heat the skillet at high heat until it begins to smoke lightly. Once you notice gentle fumes escaping the heated surface, wait for another 20 seconds before placing the roast inside.

 

Step 3: Coat all sides of the chuck roast with coarse salt right before searing it. Sprinkle generously and make sure you don’t miss any place.

Tip:  Avoid using table salt or be very careful – it’s easy to go beyond the sweet point and overdo the salt bit.

 

Step 4: Place the chuck roast in the hot pan. Sear the roast on one side first until it becomes golden brown and then flip it to the other side and repeat the process.

Use a pair of tongs and make sure that you sear each side for at least 2 minutes or until the fat begins to melt and you see the meat turning brown.

Getting both sides to be evenly seared will help to create a beautiful crust that will give a burst of flavor.

Tip: If you can hardly see any browning, add a knob of butter right in the skillet and use a teaspoon to baste the roast sides. You will immediately notice the golden brown crust quickly developing on the chuck’s roast.

If you are willing to make chuck roast even more delicious add a sprig of fresh rosemary and 3-4 crashed garlic cloves right inside. No need to peel them.

 

Step 5: Now finish cooking your chuck roast in the oven, which is preheated to about 140C / 285F.

The temperature might look low, but I really like using ‘low and slow’ technique. It helps to gradually increase the inside temperature of the roast, so it keeps more tenderness and juices inside.

Now place the vegetables (onions and carrots) beside the chuck roast in the same pan in which you seared the meat. Add garlic to give the vegetables an extra flavor.

To make sure that your chuck roast is cooked all the way through, insert a meat thermometer into it. You should get a reading of about 135 F for medium-rare. Vegetables will cook at the same time.

Check the steak doneness level and cooking times guidelines.

 

Step 6: Transfer your chuck roast to a plate along with the vegetables.  Slice the meat and serve it hot.

Tip: Preheat the serving dishes in the oven so to keep the steak hot for as long as possible – cold beef is not impressive in this scenario.

 

If you need some additional tips and more guidance, I recommend you check out the SteakEat Method that helps people cook perfect steaks on stove top every time.

Another great way of cooking a chuck roast is searing it and then using a slow cooker to completely cook it.

To cook the chuck roast in the slow cooker, follow the five easy steps below.

 

How To Pan Sear Chuck Steak And Then Cook It In a Slow Cooker

Step 1: Pan sear the chuck roast as described above.

Step 2: Now place the chuck roast in a slow cooker. Add vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery. You can use small sweet potatoes and slice the other vegetables into bite sized pieces.

Step 3: Add some red wine. You can also use other liquids such as stock, water, vinegar or a combination of these. Make sure that you pour enough liquid in the slow cooker, which completely covers the chuck roast and vegetables.

Step 4: Cover the slow cooker and let the chuck roast cook for about 6-8 hours. When the chuck roast is completely tender, you can be sure that your chuck roast is well cooked.

Step 5: Take out the chuck roast along with the vegetables and place on a serving dish. Cut the meat in slices and arrange the vegetables along the sides. Serve hot.

These above-mentioned methods will help you to get a delicious chuck roast dish out and impress your loved ones!

P.S. Don’t forget to discover the 3 secrets behind a tender juicy steak. 😉

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How to Cook Beef Chuck Steak on Stove Top In Skillet

Cooking a beef chuck steak on a stove top is a very nice way of cooking this particular type of meat.

Since the chuck tends to be tough (the meat comes from the hard-working shoulder of the cow), it is best to slow cook it so that it gets nice and tender.

However, with a bit of care and details, it can well be prepared on the stove top.

Beef chuck steak is not only inexpensive, it is also nutritious and full of flavor.

Plan a lovely meal for yourself or your loved ones by following our easy steps for cooking beef chuck steak.

Here is all you need to know about cooking a beef chuck steak on a stove top.

 

Things You’ll Need

  • Flaked/Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Additional seasonings (fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary and thyme)
  • Large thick pan which weighs a lot – for better heat distribution
  • Cooking oil (e.g. olive oil or coconut oil)
  • Tongs
  • Unsalted butter (ideally organic grass-fed)
  • Spoon
  • Meat thermometer

 

5 Easy Steps To Cook Beef Chuck Steak On Stove Top:

Step 1: Pat dry the steak with paper with paper towels to make searing the surface much quicker and better.

Then sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.

Salting the meat in the start helps to develop a great flavor. Salt is a chemical and the reaction occurs at high heat – use salt before not after.

You can also season the beef chuck steak with some fresh or dried herbs such as parsley, thyme or oregano. Dry rubs, when used sparingly, can’t harm the steak.

Remember to bring chuck steak to room temperature, so it will brown much easier on the pan.

 

Step 2: Heat up the skillet on the stove top over high heat.

I recommend waiting until it starts smoking lightly and then another 20 seconds so to ensure the skillet is hot enough.

Sometimes you will see star chefs (hey Gordon!) pouring cooking oil inside the skillet. I don’t recommend, because, first of all, why extra calories? Secondly, it’s a waste of oil.

Instead I invite you to use a few drops right on the chuck steak and massage it gently so the oil gets a chance to absorb inside slightly.

All set? Drop the steak in the pan – you should hear a sizzling sound (this is water quickly evaporating from the skillet’s surface).

Give it 2 to 3 minutes to sear and gain a nice golden brown color. Flip both sides after 40 seconds to get an even cooking on both sides – the fast-flipping technique used by Heston Blumenthal.

Use tongs to flip the meat.

 

Step 3: Toss a small portion (about ½ tablespoon) of unsalted butter into the skillet. This will give your chuck steak a nice caramelized look.

Keep spooning the melted butter on top of the steak to help the steak brown nicely and to make the meat tenderer.

 

Step 4: Check the steak’s internal temperature by using a meat thermometer.

Ideally, the reading of a medium-rare chuck steak should be 55C / 130F (medium – 60C / 140F).

Keep in mind that the cooking time varies, depending on the cut, thickness and utensils used. Moreover, it also depends on whether the beef is boneless or not!

Check this cooking times guide and ways of checking steak doneness for help.

 

Step 5: Think it’s ready? Immediately transfer the steak from the skillet to the plate to avoid overcooking.

Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes. Then cut into slices.

Resting the steak helps it to reabsorb all the meat juices back into the muscle fibers. This prevents the juices from seeping out when you cut the steak.

If you think that the steak looks a bit bare on its own, you can always whip up delicious sauce to complement your chuck steak. Things you will need:

  • ½ cup of shallots
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup freshly chopped herbs (parsley, oregano, and thyme- your choice!)
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves

Take all the above ingredients and put them on a preheated pan (the one you used for steak just before).

Stir everything and once the sauce thickens a bit, pour out the sauce on the steak and you are good to go.

You can also serve your beef chuck steak alongside roast vegetables such as sweet potatoes and roasted carrots with onions.

The little trick to cook the chuck steak perfectly, keep it tender and to make sure that it cooks all the way through is to keep it moist throughout the cooking period. That’s why braising it in a slow cooker is great technique which you should also try out.

Many people might be put off by the idea of cooking chuck steak at home, owing to its hard texture, but the process isn’t that difficult.

If you follow the above-mentioned steps carefully, you will be sure to get a succulent dish that will win laurels for your cooking and earn you the admiration from your loved ones.

Happy cooking!

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How to Cook Chuck Steak in Cast Iron Skillet Juicy & Tender

So you want to cook a chuck steak in a cast iron skillet.

Yes? Well, you’re on the right website!

Here I will give you a detailed step-by-step tutorial of cooking the perfect, mouthwatering chuck steak which will be bound to earn you dozens of compliments from your loved ones.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

 

How To Cook Chuck Steak in Cast Iron Skillet in 6 Steps

Step 1: Before searing chuck steak in cast iron skillet, pat it dry with paper towels – it helps with browning of the surface and development of extra flavor as a result.

Once you’ve done that, lightly coat both sides of the steak with olive/coconut oil. The oil will act as a lubricant to transfer the heat from the pan to the meat as quickly as possible.

 

Step 2: Now season the steak. Sprinkle it with salt and coarsely ground black pepper. If you want to get a boost of flavor, you should add some dried herbs.

Parsley, thyme or rosemary can give that extra kick to your steak when used a dry rub.

However, be careful! If you use too much of the herbs, they might overpower the taste completely. Not even talking about them burning on the pan…

Keep the seasonings light. After all, we want to maximize the flavor of our chuck steak itself.

Tip: You may discover that pepper burns at a very high temperature and results in a charred flavor. If that’s the case and it bothers you, use freshly-ground pepper right after the steak is finished cooking as opposed to doing it when it’s raw.

 

Step 3: Preheat the cast iron skillet. You don’t need to put any additional oil in it as all the oil you need is already on the chuck steak.

Let the steak sizzle for about 2- 3 minutes until you get a good brown color. Don’t let the steak burn and flip it quickly to the other.

Tip: Cast iron skillets, especially the ones that were just bought recently, tend to be quite sticky. So when you put the steak inside, move it slightly and unstick it from the skillet’s surface (you will feel that it did stick). Then leave it as it is – it won’t stick any further.

 

Step 4: If you like your steak rare, you can take it off the skillet and onto a serving dish to be eaten straight way.

If you are looking for a nice, juicy tender chuck steak, then you should transfer the skillet to a preheated oven to cook some more.

The temperature of the preheated oven should be set to 130C / 260 degrees Fahrenheit. It might seem a bit low, but chuck steak is quite tough, so I want it to be as tender as possible thus such a low temperature is ideal. The slower you cook it, the more tender it stays.

 

Step 5: Before closing the lid of the oven, drop a small pat of butter on top of the steak. When the butter melts, it will give your steak a nice caramelized flavor.

Keep the steak in the oven until it reaches a temperature of about 55C / 130F. You can check the temperature by using a meat thermometer.

Check this cooking times guide and ways of checking steak doneness for help.

 

Step 6: If you think that the steak doesn’t look very appealing on its own and you want a sauce to give it that complete look, you can easily make a delicious one in no time at all.

Once you’ve taken your cooked steak out of the pan, set it aside.

Now in that still flaming hot pan (which, by the way, you would be wise to handle with oven mitts), throw in:

  • ½ cup of shallots
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup freshly chopped herbs ( parsley, oregano, thyme- your choice!)
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves

Stir everything and once the sauce thickens a bit, pour out the sauce on the steak and you are good to go!

Cooking a chuck steak on a cast iron skillet is not a difficult process at all.

If you follow the above-mentioned steps carefully, you are bound to get a flavorful dish out that you will surely want to cook again and again.

Since the chuck is tough piece of meat, it will be better to cook the steak in the oven after you are done cooking it on the skillet.

This is a wholesome and healthy meal and full of nutrition.

I recommend you to serve the chuck steak with vegetables and healthy starches. These can include baked sweet potatoes as well baked carrots and celery.

Moreover, you can always experiment with the ingredients for the sauce. Instead of using red wine, you can also choose white wine or beef broth.

Explore!

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How to Cook Chuck Steak in Slow Cooker & How Long Does It Take?

how-to-cook-chuck-steak-in-slow-cooker-how-long-does-it-takeWe all know that chuck steak is considered a tough meat to work with.

Its hard texture is owing to the fact that the chuck comes from the shoulder of the cow.

However, if cooked well, this meat yields plenty of flavors and is quite nutritious.

Since I consider myself quite a master chef in cooking the perfect chuck steak in a slow cooker, I will give you all my secret tips.

Don your cooking hat and let’s get started! 😉

 

Slow Cooker Chuck Steak Recipe: How Long Does It Take To Cook Well

In order to cook a chuck steak well, it is always a good idea to braise.

Braising is a good method and it helps to render the meat tender and doesn’t require any sort of marinating.

For new cooks, braising might seem a technical term but actually, it just means cooking by combining two methods.

Normally the meat is seared first and then left to cook in a covered pot in a liquid for some time.

Searing the meat yields a number of benefits.  Not only does it give the meat a healthy color, it also adds tons of flavors and gives a slight crust at the side, which locks in the flavor.

Searing and then slow cooking the meat is thus incorporated in the braising method.

Braising is actually very easy when you use a slow cooker. So without further ado, let’s get cooking:

 

Estimated cooking time: 6-8 hours

Serves 8 – 10 people

 

Ingredients:

  • 4,5 lb chuck steak
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of beef stock
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh or dried herbs of your choice (e.g. rosemary)

 

Method For Slow Cooking Chuck Steak

In order to cook a chuck steak in a slow cooker, follow these 6 easy steps:

 

Step 1:  Start pat drying chuck steak with paper towels. Dry surface is much easier to get browned nicely.

 

Step 2: Coat all sides of the chuck steak with salt, pepper and garlic paste.

Sprinkle liberally and make sure you don’t miss any place. You can use fresh or dried herbs to season your chuck steak. These can include thyme or rosemary.

 

Step 3: Take a pan or skillet and lightly brush it with oil. Keep it on medium heat.

When the oil gets hot, place the chuck steak on the pan and sear it until both sides are golden brown. This usually takes about 2- 3 minutes. You can try adding a good knob of organic grass-fed butter inside to help steak browning and flavor.

 

Step 4: Once the chuck steak has been seared, place it in the slow cooker.

Now add vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery alongside the chuck steak.  You can use small sweet potatoes whole or cut bigger ones and other vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

 

Step 5: Now add the red wine as well as the beef stock to give your chuck steak a boost of flavor.  Make sure that you pour it in such a way that it covers all the vegetables and the chuck steak.

 

Step 6: Now cover the slow cooker with the lid and allow it to cook for about 6-8 hours at low (or 3-4 on high).

The whole point of cooking the chuck steak in a slow cooker is to allow it to get so tender that the meat falls apart.

You can be assured that the meat is cooked all the way through when you insert the meat thermometer and it shows you a reading of 145 F.

Also, you don’t need to check the meat every hour or so – it will reduce the temperature inside the slow cooker and the cooking time will increase.

After six hours have passed, switch off the slow cooker.

Tip: If you are looking to thicken the dish, bring the slow cooker to ‘high’ and take the lid off to accelerate evaporation. Leave it like that for another 30 minutes.

 

Step 7: Now take the steak out along with the vegetables and put it in a shallow dish. Pour the leftover broth from the slow cooker onto the steak and serve hot.

Chuck steak is truly an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious dish.

If you follow the above-mentioned steps carefully, you will be sure to get a cracking dish that will win laurels for your cooking and earn you the admiration from your loved ones.

Happy cooking!

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How to Grill Chuck Roast: Gas vs. Charcoal Grill

In the mood to grill a perfect chuck roast in the backyard but want to go easy on your wallet?

Get the inexpensive yet flavorful beef chuck steak and crank up your dinner party with ready-to-serve, succulent chuck roasts.

Popularly used for slow cooker and soup recipes, the chuck roast is not a tender meat to start with.

It contains a lot of connective tissue and fat marbling, making it easy to dry out and toughen when on the grill.

So, you’ll need to be generous with your marinade and easy with the fire on your grill!

Preparing a well-seasoned and balanced marinade is the key to a scrumptious chuck roast.

Many will tell you what a flavourless idea it is to have a chuck roast on a grill. It will probably dry out, and be hardly chewable, they’ll say.

But with a clever seasoning and a slow grilling technique, you will even surprise yourself!

Everything you need to spice up your beef is probably already in your kitchen so grab your mixing bowl and get started!

 

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Ingredients (for a 2-3 pound beef chuck roast):

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

(If you’re opting for a BBQ sauce in your marinade, cut down on the rest of the seasoning.)

Prick the chuck roast with a fork deeply on both sides and place it in a large re-sealable plastic bag and pour over the marinade, mixing it well. Let it marinate for at least 6 hours. (If you let it stay overnight, the results will be even better). Turn the bag over after every couple of hours.

Tip: Sometimes when your beef chuck is an extra tough hunk, marinate it overnight in the fridge for sure.

 

Get Grilling!

Grilling outside gives you a break from the routine kitchen drills and fancy indoor dinners. Not only that, it infuses the beef with flavour that it would never get from a simple broil. 😉

It is best to cook over low or indirect heat to avoid drying out the chuck roast and to ensure that it remains juicy all the way through.

Grilling at high temperatures will almost never work for this tough cut of meat, so don’t waste a precious hunk of marinated meat even if you’re in a hurry.

Tip: Do not slice before barbecuing (it will dry up easier and faster).

Clean the grill grates, oil them using a paper towel or a grill brush and heat it up.

Gas grill vs. Charcoal Grill for Chuck Roast

A gas grill will usually heat up in about 5 to 10 minutes on medium-low, while charcoal grills depend on coals to ash on the outside and turn bright red on the inside.

If you are using one, you will need to place your beef roast 4 to 6 inches from medium-low coals.

Once the grill is ready, remove the roast from the marinating bag and let it reach room temperature (remember you want to cook your chuck roast evenly). It will take anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours, once you take it out from the fridge.

You can choose what to do with the leftover marinade. If you discard it, you will miss out on the part where you can baste your roast while it’s grilling and have an extra tender meal.

However make sure you finish up basting the roast well before you take it off the heat – bacteria are still an issue.

Place the chuck roast on the grill, and close the lid to let it cook through. Sear all sides and baste it every 15 minutes to keep it moist while it cooks.

Flip it occasionally and rotate 90 degrees to get the grill mark pattern on the grilled chuck roast.

The internal temperature of the roast should tell you when it’s ready. Use a cooking thermometer to check when it reads 55C / 130 F for medium-rare.

This should take up to 50 min. for a medium-rare chuck roast, depending on the thickness of the roast (you can leave it on for 1 ½ hours or until tender, turning intermittently).

Baste the roast in the last 15 minutes and take it carefully off the grill when it reaches desired doneness.

Wrap it up in aluminium foil and allow it to rest for another 10 minutes before you slice and serve the rich, savoury beef chuck roast packed with flavor!