This Christmas Beef Chuck Roast Recipe is juicy, tender, and packed with great flavor thanks to the rub and brown gravy made with the pan drippings. It serves 8 people and costs $26.35. For more holiday-inspired meals, we recommend our Instant Pot Turkey Breast and our Copycat Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham.
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Beef Chuck Roast
Life is so busy, right? Especially this time of year. We are entering the busiest time of the year. With all the school parties, work parties, neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, family parties, etc. The list goes on and on.
When do we get time actually to enjoy the season? What can we do to help make things a little easier? With dinner, of course! This beef chuck roast recipe is the perfect solution.
After cooking in the oven for a few hours, the roast comes out so juicy and tender. To top it off, you make the gravy from the drippings from the roast. It is literally the perfect flavor! Not only does it taste amazing, but it is also so simple to make, and another bonus, it will not break the bank.
It is definitely the perfect meal for Christmas dinner. However, this beef chuck recipe is one we serve throughout the year for Sunday dinner with the family.
What is the best roast?
The tougher meats make for the best roasts because they get very tender the longer they cook (on a lower heat, of course). Three main cuts will make the best roast. The three cuts are chuck, brisket, and round.
What is the most tender cut of roast?
The most tender cut of the roast is the cuts with the fattest marbling. This type of meat typically comes from the least-exercised parts of the cow. The roasts that are tender and moist are usually the least healthy and the most expensive. That’s negative in our book!
How much will this Christmas Roast cost:
This time of the year, there are usually really great deals on beef roasts. Keep an eye out for these deals, and the recipe cost below will be substantially less!
RECIPE COST: $26.35
PER SERVING COST: $3.30
- 5 pounds Beef Chuck Roast – $24.85
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil – $0.13
- 2 teaspoons salt – $0.02
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar – $0.03
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper – $0.04
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary – $0.08
- 1/4 cup beef drippings from the roasting pan – $0
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder – $0.03
- 2 cups beef broth – $0.96
- 1 Tablespoon paprika – $0.10
- 1/4 cup flour – $0.05
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce – $0.02
- salt and pepper to taste – $0.01
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.03
To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
- prep bowl
- roasting pan
- large cast-iron skillet
- instant-read thermometer
- medium saucepan
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- With this recipe, the type of cut of meat is extremely important as different cuts cook differently.
- It is also important to know your oven and if it holds heat well or not. All ovens are different and not all ovens retain heat, as well as others, do. If your oven does not retain heat well, then you may need to leave the oven on at 500 degrees F and cook until it reaches the internal temperature of 130 degrees F. We recommend checking the temperature every 20 minutes.
- Instead of a beef chuck roast, you can use a more expensive cut of meat like a prime beef eye round roast.
How long is this good for:
- Serve: You can keep the meat at room temperature for no longer than 2 hours before it will need to be refrigerated.
- Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Freeze: I like to freeze leftover pieces of meat with a little bit of the brown gravy. That way, the meat is less likely to dry out in the freezer. You can freeze the meat for up to 3 months.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
- Ages 2-3: Let them help you pat dry the roast and rub the dry rub on all sides of the roast. This is a great opportunity to teach young kids kitchen safety on handling raw meat. Teach concepts such as not eating raw meat and washing your hands really well before and after handling raw meat.
- Ages 4-5: Let them help measure and stir together the dry rub ingredients. They can also help with rubbing the mix on the roast.
- Ages 6-8: Let them help whisk the gravy until it has thickened. You can also have your child help you plan the rest of the menu. Our kiddos love to be involved in menu planning.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
What to Serve with Christmas Roast:
- Pomegranate Salad
- Jenna’s Naughty Mashed Potatoes (these are shown in some of the pictures)
- Green Beans Almondine
- Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- Large Batch 1-Hour Dinner Rolls
- French-Bread Stuffing
- Green Bean Casserole
- Mom’s Broccoli Casserole
- Oven Roasted Potatoes
More +$15 Recipes:
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Copycat Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham
- Easy Oven Baked Salmon
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Machaca Burritos
- Taco Pizza
How to Make Christmas Roast Recipe:
This Christmas Beef Chuck Roast Recipe is juicy, tender, and packed with great flavor thanks to the rub and brown gravy made with the pan drippings.
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