A Sous Vide machine can do many, many things. But Sous Vide Chuck Roast may just be the most impressive thing yet. Transform a cheap cut of meat into a perfectly cooked piece of beef that you’ll swear is prime rib! Learn how to make 29-Hour Sous Vide Chuck Roast with this easy to follow recipe.
What is Sous Vide Chuck Roast?
Sous Vide Chuck Roast is one of those meals that just seems too good to be true. In just a few simple steps, you can take cheap piece of chuck roast and transform it into the tenderness of expensive beef. I’ve heard about this – and seen plenty of youtube videos – since I bought by Anova Sous Vide machine last Christmas. I was yet to buy totally into the hype. I know how well Sous Vide steak comes out, and sous vide chicken too. But can it really turn a tough cut of meat into the tender delicacy of a prime rib?
Then, I saw an old friend of mine bragging about just this dish about a week ago on Facebook. He got his Anova Precision Cooker on Black Friday and this was the first dish he made. The simple pic he posted off his iphone looked awesome and he could not shut up about how it lived up to the hype. Alright, I was in. As soon as I got back from my next out-of-town trip, I went to my local grocer, picked up a lean cut of chuck roast and watched that Sous Vide do it’s thing.
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Why I love Sous Vide Chuck Roast
- Listen, the hype for this is legit. The final product cooks like a high end steak, and even yes, the best of prime rib. Sous Vide brings your meat to the absolute medium-rare temp from edge to edge, but not a degree over. From there, the long cook breaks down the connective tissue, leaving you with a wonderfully tender end-result.
- So, sure, a 29-hour cook sounds intimidating. But with Sous Vide, it’s really no different than a 30 minute cook. All it means is that you’re going to start this thing a day before you eat it. But otherwise, it’s just a couple minutes to season and seal it, then a few minutes at the end to sear it and make your delicious pan sauce to finish it. Divine doesn’t do it justice.
Mike’s Recipe Rundown
- Taste: Rich and beefy, we keep things simple with a salt and pepper seasoning to let the beef shine.
- Texture: So, so tender. A nice long soak in the sous vide relaxes the tendons and allows this to eat very tender.
- Difficulty – Easy! If you know how to sous vide, pulling this off is super simple! Simply seal it, drop it in the bath and sear it when it’s done.
- Pros: Transforms an affordable piece of meat into an $80 cut with minimal work. If that’s not a pro, I don’t know what is!
- Cons: Obviously, a 29-hour cook means you need to plan ahead. This isn’t something you’ll start and finish on the same day. I start mine typically around lunchtime the day before I plan on having it for dinner.
Sous Vide Chuck Roast Tips and Tricks
- Contrary to your normal beef selections, you want a really lean cut here. The less marbling you see on your steak, the better.
- You definitely need to do some math here, because this thing really hits it’s peak around 29 hours in. For me, that meant I seasoned and started it on Sunday at lunchtime in order to have it ready for dinner on Monday. It can go as long as 36 hours, which means you could even get it going before work on a Monday for dinner on Tuesday. Yum-my!
- Do not be surprised if your meat looks a lot more gray than you’d expect when you first cut into it. This is simply because in the sous vide bag, the meat has been deprived of oxygen for over a day. If you want to wow your dinner guests with the edge-to-edge medium rare redness, simply let it rest 15 minutes, slice it, and let it rest 10 minutes more before serving it. It will still be plenty warm and delicious, especially with the pan sauce spooned over top.
- How you sear it is important. I love to finish my sous vide recipes in well seasoned cast-iron pan or frying pan . I using butter in the pan to get a sear on mine, as it adds a little extra flavor to the crust. You can also use oil, but if you do make sure to use a high heat oil such as avocado or vegetable oil. The smoke point on olive oil, for instance, is very low and you’ll quickly set off a smoke alarm.
What you need to make Sous Vide Chuck Roast
- 3 lb lean chuck roast. Pick the least fatty piece there is, as it will allow the connective tissue in the muscles to break down and shine through.
- Kosher salt. A coarse grain is better here, as it will tend to stay on the surface of the meat better than fine salt.
- Coarse ground pepper. Same thought as the salt, as couse pepper will stay on the surface better. You want enough salt and pepper to generously season all outer edges of the meat evenly.
- Garlic Power. Garlic powder will penetrate the meat a bit, which is good.
- Fresh Rosemary. You’ll both add this to the sous vide bag itself and to the pan when searing.
- Butter. Butter helps to sear the meat well, giving it a nice crust and really adding to the texture and flavor of the dish.
- Fresh garlic. Used only in the searing stage, to compliment the flavor.
- 1 cup red wine. Use something that you would drink.
- 1 Tbsp all purpose flour. You’ll drop a Tbsp of your cold butter and dust it in the flour before adding it to the pan.
- Beef stock, but only if you need it for the pan sauce. This is mostly used if you don’t have enough reserved juices in your sous vide bag to use from the sauce.
How to make Sous Vide Chuck Roast
Step 1: Fill tub with water and set Sous vide machine to 135° for medium rare. Season chuck roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder on all sides. This includes both the front and back of the roast along with all the outer edges.
Step 2: Place seasoned roast in a vacuum sealer bag. Place a sprig of fresh rosemary on each side. Using a vacuum sealer , vacuum all air out of the bag and seal it shut. Transfer to preheated Sous Vide bath and cook for 29-35 hours.
Tip: drape the bag over the edge when you close the lid. This helps hold the meat in place and keeps it from getting sucked into the circulator.
Step 3: After 29-35 hours, remove the bag from the sous vide bath. Cut open and place roast on a wire rack to cool. Save drippings in bag for optional pan sauce (below). Pat the roast dry with a paper towel and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Preheat a pan over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp butter and allot to melt, spreading around the pan. Add chuck roast and press firmly in the pan. Cook for 60 seconds on every surface. Start with the front, then flip over to the back. Next, stand it up on it’s side to sear the edges as well.
Add garlic and rosemary to pan along with 2 Tbsp more butter. Repeat and cook roast for another 30 seconds on each side, spooning over the aromatics as you cook. Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
To serve: Slice meat against the grain about 1/2 inch thick. Note: it may look gray at first, but that’s simply because the meat has been oxygen deprived for over a day. After a few minutes, each slice show should an edge-to-edge medium rare cook.
Optional: Pan Sauce
This is a semi-optional but totally recommend step. There’s a lot of flavor in that cast iron, let’s go get it. As soon as you remove the roast, add one cup of red wine then quickly reduce the heat to medium low.
Reduce wine by half, then add in juices from sous vide bag and 1 cup of beef stock. While sauce cooks, use a spatula or spoon to scrape up as much as your can from the bottom of the cast iron. When liquid has reduced by half, remove from heat.
Coat 1 Tbsp cold butter in flour drop into pan and stir until it melts. Cut roast against the grain and serve with pan sauce spooned over top.
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What should I do with leftovers?
My favorite thing to do with leftovers is to make french dip sandwiches out of them. A little horsey sauce and the pan sauce makes for a quick and easy lunch. You can also store it and simply reheat it on it’s own, or serve it for breakfast with a little steak and eggs.
You may also like…
…sous vide chicken thighs, inspired by one of my favorite chefs, Michael Voltaggio. Both go great with these crowd pleasing mashed potatoes, or even some slow cooker cheesy potatoes for something super easy. Or, for date night, try your hand at Sous Vide Duck Breast, to get a super flavorful bite served over a beautifully made ramen.Print
A Sous Vide machine can do many, many things. However, none may be just as impressive as how it transforms a tough chuck roast into a piece of meat you would swear is prime rib. So simple, takes only minutes of activity for a wonderful meal that will definitely impress!
- 3 lb chuck roast
- kosher salt, (enough to cover the roast on all sides)
- coarse ground black pepper (enough to cover the roast on all sides)
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 sprigs rosemary
For pan sauce
- 1 cup red wine
- Reserved juices from sous vide bag
- 2 Tbsp cold butter, seperated into 1 Tbsp portions
- 1 Tbsp All-purpose flour
- Beef stock (for pan sauce, only if needed)
- SEASON: Set Sous Vide machine to 135° and prepare water bath. Season the roast generously with kosher salt, coarse ground black pepper and garlic powder on all sides.
- BAG & BATHE: Place in a vacuum sealer bag. On each side of the meat, add 1 sprig of rosemary. Seal tightly and place in water bath. Allow roast to cook for 29 to 36 hours.
- DRY & REST: Remove roast from water bath. Hold bag upright and cut across to open, making sure not to spill the juices. Pat the roast dry with a paper towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
- SEAR: Bring a large pan up to high heat. Just before cooking, add 1 Tbsp butter. Next, add the chuck roast to the pan, pressing it into the bottom of the pan to help all surfaces get a good sear. Cook for 60 seconds on every surface. Use tongs to hold it on end, allowing the sides and ends to cook as well.
- FINISH SEARING: Reduce heat to medium and add remaining butter, garlic cloves and rosemary to pan. Repeat the sear process, hitting every side for 30 seconds. This time, use the rosemary to bush the butter over the roast as it cooks. Once all sides have their second 30 second sear, remove the roast to a cutting board. The roast should save a solid sear all the way around.
- OPTIONAL PAN SAUCE: Add one cup of red wine to pan and reduce heat to medium low. Reduce wine by half and add in juices from sous vide bag. If you need more liquid, add in some beef stock. Using the end of a spatula, scrape the brown bits from the pan and stir them into the liquid. Allow this to reduce by half and remove from heat. Dip remaining 1 Tbsp of cold butter in flour and drop into pan and stir in until butter has completely melted.
- TO SERVE: Cut roast against the grain and serve with pan sauce spooned over top.
- Category: Dinner, Main Course
- Cuisine: American, Beef, Sous Vide
Keywords: Sous Vide Roast, Sous Vide Recipe, Prime Rib