Balsamic-Marinated Grilled Chuck Roast

grilled chuck roast sliced on a tray with chimichurri

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Marinate: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 1 roast (4-6 servings)

This grilled chuck roast is marinated in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar, then grilled to a smoky perfection on a charcoal grill. Chuck roast is usually cooked pot roast style, low and slow to break down the tough fibers of the shoulder meat. You may never have thought about grilling it before, but it is a great option and incredibly delicious if you're looking for an affordable cookout entree. The trick is to marinate it in a vinaigrette with a little meat tenderizer for at least six hours, then cook it over mostly indirect heat on the grill for longer than a normal steak. You'll end up with tender and incredibly juicy beef.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon meat tenderizer
  • 2 to 3 pound boneless chuck roast
  • Optional: Chimichurri sauce, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    chuck roast ingredients
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  2. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, shallot, garlic, parsley, dijon, sugar, beef bouillon, salt, pepper, and meat tenderizer in a bowl. Add in about a 1/2 cup of water and stir again.

    marinade for chuck roast
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  3. Score the chuck roast with a sharp knife making 6 or 7 large cuts all over one side of the meat.

    scored chuck roast
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  4. Add the marinade to a plastic bag and then add the steak. Seal the bag and massage the steak inside the marinade. Place it on a plate to catch any drips or leaks and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, ideally overnight. You can even marinate up to 24 hours. Since the meat is so thick it will not break down easily.

    chuck steak marinated in a plastic bag
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney
  5. Prepare the grill. Charcoal works best for flavor and low and slow cooking but you can use a gas grill as well. Heat your bricks and then lay them on each side of the grill. Place a disposable pan in the center where there aren’t hot bricks to catch the drippings.

  6. Sear one side of the meat over the coals and then place it on the center of the grill, over the grill pan. If you’re using a gas grill, place it under a burner that is not on, with the other burners around it turned on to medium-high heat. You can also throw in a few wood smoke chips on top of the charcoal for a nice smokey flavor. Close the cover to the grill and cook for about 5 minutes on the first side.

    grilled chuck roast cooking on charcoal grill
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  7. Flip and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 145 F which is the right temperature for “medium" (the best temperature for serving this cut of meat).

    grilled chuck steak
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney
  8. Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Slice against the grain (do the best you can, chuck steaks grains can change across the meat due to the configuration of the muscle).

    sliced chuck steak
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney
  9. Serve with your favorite sauce like chimichurri. Enjoy!