To produce this fork tender chuck roast, all you need is salt and pepper and plenty of time.
The work involved is minimal, but the roast will need to cook for 4-5 hours. The secret is a very low oven – 275°F.
You also want to make sure to tightly seal the foil all around the pan.
This is so easy, it basically falls under the category of a “non-recipe”.
TIP: I like to cook the roast the day before, or at least several hours in advance, and refrigerate it. This makes it easy to slice the roast uniformly.
After slicing, return the roast to the pan and re-cover tightly with foil. Then just flash to reheat (heat oven to 475°F – it basically steams the meat without any additional cooking). Here’s more information on the flashing method to reheat foods.
If you must use a microwave to reheat, use the defrost setting to keep the roast moist.
Fork Tender Chuck Roast
- 4-5 lb. chuck roast
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 275 degrees
- Step 2 Line a pan with aluminum foil
- Step 3 Season both sides of the roast with salt & pepper to taste and place in pan
- Step 4 Seal the pan tightly with foil
- Step 5 Depending on the size of the roast (the cut pictured is 2.17 lbs.), set timer for about 4 hours.
- Step 6 Open the foil carefully from the rear corner so that the escaping steam doesn’t and burn your fingers (or face)
- Step 7 Test for tenderness with a fork in several places.
- Step 8 If necessary, continue roasting (check every 30 minutes or so) until desired tenderness.
And there you have it: fork tender chuck roast (see above for tips). Trust me, you will not need a knife!