I'm going to show you one of my favorite methods for barbecuing relatively inexpensive cuts of beef. If you're wondering "how can it be barbecued, and roast beef?" don't worry about it, because we are not barbecuing or roasting-we are actually grilling. By using this technique, we can transform those cheaper cuts of beef into something absolutely gorgeous. Serve on buns with mayonnaise, pickle slices, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
15 mins
16 hrs 15 mins
16 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Dry Rub:
For the Wet Rub:


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix salt, sugar, pepper, and cayenne for dry rub together and coat beef well on both sides.

  • Place on a rack set on a sheet pan and refrigerate, uncovered, for 12 to 24 hours, flipping over halfway through.

  • Mix barbecue sauce, vinegar, mustard, turmeric, and garlic together for wet rub and reserve.

  • Transfer beef to a dish and pour 1/2 of the wet rub over top. Use two forks to poke the surface all over for about 1 minute. Turn beef over and repeat with remaining wet rub. Spoon any excess on the bottom over the top.

  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

  • Preheat a charcoal grill until the briquettes turn white and ashy. Remove meat from the refrigerator, uncover, and scrape off excess wet rub.

  • Grill over hot charcoal until blackened and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat reads 120 to 125 degrees F (49 to 52 degrees C), 7 to 10 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Remove to a foil-lined plate, and quickly wrap up tightly in foil.

  • Let rest for at least 15 minutes, during which time the meat will finish cooking, and end up close to medium-rare.

  • Slice very thinly, toss in the meat drippings and juices left in the foil, and serve on buns.

Chef's Notes:

You can use 1 1/4 teaspoon fine salt instead of kosher, and paprika instead of cayenne in the dry rub. You can use yellow mustard instead of Dijon in the wet rub.

This can be done with any cheap cut of beef that would be used to make traditional roast beef, as long as it's cut between 2 and 3 inches thick.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 25.8g; carbohydrates 32.3g; fat 9g; cholesterol 57.1mg; sodium 1052.6mg. Full Nutrition