The sous vide transforms the humble chuck roast into an ultra tender, rich cut of meat! Cooked slowly for deliciously flavorful slices of beef that are perfectly medium rare (or whatever temperature you prefer!), this is serious kitchen magic!
🥩 What Makes This Recipe So Good
- If you’ve struggled with cooking chuck roast in the past, this foolproof recipe is everything you need. The sous vide method gives you tender, juicy chuck roast, and the reverse-sear method finishes it off beautifully, creating a crisp, flavorful crust layer over its entire surface. If you’ve ever tried my reverse-sear filet mignon (AKA the BEST filet mignon ever!) then you already know exactly what I’m talking about!
- Sous vide chuck roast might seem intimidating, but it’s really SO easy. The majority of the cooking is completely hands-off since the sous vide does most of the work. All you really have to “worry” about is the reverse sear at the end, but if you can heat a skillet, you’ll be just fine.
- The exact seasoning is up to you, which means you can pair a sous vide chuck roast with basically any side. If you want to dress things up a little for a holiday dinner or a special occasion, try our best ever risotto, impressive fondant potatoes, or asparagus with garlic aioli. For a cozier, more casual weeknight meal, try roasted carrots and potatoes or mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli.
👩🏼🍳 Chef’s Tips
- To get a really beautiful, crisp crust on the outside of the chuck roast, you’ll want to dry it really well with paper towels. Don’t worry, the inside will still be nice and juicy. Removing the moisture just from the outer layer lets you get a perfect sear, locking in the internal moisture.
- Any time you cook something sous vide, whether it’s chuck roast or potatoes, it’s imperative that the food is 100% completely submerged in the water the entire time. If it’s not, it won’t cook evenly. You can buy sous vide sinker weights and clips, which you might want if you sous vide a lot. If you don’t, though, or just don’t want the extra tools and expense, you can use basically anything handy, as long as it’s waterproof and heat-resistant. The easiest option? Grab some silverware and attach it to the bag (literally you can just tape it to the outside) after you’ve sealed it up.
- When it’s time to reverse sear your sous vide chuck roast, I highly, highly recommend using a cast-iron skillet. They’re simply fantastic for high heat and really give you rich, even results. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you can still get a great sear. You just need a large, heavy stainless steel skillet. Non-stick skillets don’t conduct the heat as well so you won’t get the same results.
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- 1 large boneless chuck roast 3–4 pounds, unseasoned
- seasoning salt store-bought or homemade; see Notes
- 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil or vegetable oil, or other oil with high smoke-point
- 2 cutting boards or 1 sheet pan and 1 cutting board
- Paper towels
- Large pot or other large heat-resistant container
- Sous vide immersion circulator
- large food-safe vacuum sealing bag or large sealable food-safe plastic bag
- vacuum sealer optional, see Notes for alternate sealing method
- Large cast-iron skillet or large heavy stainless skillet
- Large plate
- large chef's knife
To Dry Brine the Chuck Roast (Optional)
- Place 1 large boneless chuck roast on cutting board or sheet pan. Pat chuck roast completely dry on all sides with paper towels.
- Liberally season chuck roast on all sides with seasoning salt, then place roast uncovered in refrigerator. Refrigerate seasoned roast overnight.
To Sous Vide the Chuck Roast
- Fill large pot or other large, heat-resistant container with water. Note: pot must be deep enough that water level falls between minimum and maximum indicators on circulator.
- Insert sous vide immersion circulator in pot of water and set to 135° Fahrenheit, or other temperature as preferred. See Notes for temperature recommendations by desired doneness.
- If Chuck Roast Was NOT Dry-Brined: Place 1 large boneless chuck roast on cutting board or sheet pan. Pat roast completely dry on all sides with paper towels, then liberally season roast with seasoning salt, making sure to cover all sides of roast.
- Place seasoned chuck roast in large, sealable food-safe bag. Remove as much air as possible from bag using vacuum sealer or water displacement method (see Notes below), then seal bag completely.
- Once water bath is preheated to desired temperature, place bag in water, making sure chuck roast is fully submerged. If needed, use sous vide sinker weights or silverware to weigh down bag and keep chuck roast completely submerged.
- Sous vide chuck roast 36 hours, or at least 24 hours, but no more than 48 hours. See Notes.
To Reverse-Sear the Chuck Roast
- Once chuck roast has cooked for desired length of time, add 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil to large cast-iron skillet. Use more oil as needed to cover bottom of skillet completely.
- Place cast-iron skillet on stovetop over medium-high heat. Heat skillet 3 to 5 minutes or until skillet is scorching hot and smoking slightly.
- While skillet preheats, carefully remove bag from water bath. Unseal bag and transfer chuck roast to large plate. Pat chuck roast completely dry on all sides with paper towels.
- Once skillet is preheated, place chuck roast in skillet. Sear chuck roast on each side 45 seconds or until dark brown crust develops.
To Serve the Chuck Roast
- When all sides of chuck roast have been seared, transfer chuck roast to cutting board. Immediately slice chuck roast, cutting against grain of meat, then serve roast with desired sides.
- Seasoning Salt: You can buy prepared seasoned salt at most grocery stores, or you can make your own seasoning blend at home. Most seasoning salts are a mixture of salt, finely ground pepper, herbs, and spices like paprika, turmeric, onion powder, and garlic powder. Some blends will also include sugar, cayenne, chili powder, or celery powder.
- Seasoning Alternative: Instead of seasoning salt, you can season your chuck roast with sea salt (or kosher salt) and finely ground fresh black pepper.
- Water Displacement Method: If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, place the chuck roast in an appropriately-sized sealable food-safe bag. Seal the bag halfway, then slowly lower the bag into the preheated water bath. You should see the bag cling to the meat as the hot water forces the air out of the bag. When the chuck roast is fully submerged and all the air has been expelled from the bag, finish sealing the bag and continue with the recipe.
- Cook Time: The chuck roast needs to sous vide a minimum of 24 hours, but no more than 48 hours max. I personally prefer to sous vide mine 36 hours.
Recommended Temperatures by Desired Doneness
- For rare chuck roast, set sous vide to 125°-134° Fahrenheit.
- For medium-rare chuck roast, set sous vide to 135°-144° Fahrenheit.
- For medium chuck roast, set sous vide to 145°-149° Fahrenheit.
- For medium-well chuck roast, set sous vide to 150°-159° Fahrenheit.
- For well-done chuck roast, set sous vide to 160°-165° Fahrenheit.
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