This Christmas Beef Chuck Roast Recipe is juicy, tender, and packed with great flavor thanks to the rub and brown gravy made with the pan drippings. It serves 8 people and costs $26.35. For more holiday-inspired meals, we recommend our Instant Pot Turkey Breast and our Copycat Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham.
Beef Chuck Roast
Life is so busy, right? Especially this time of year. We are entering the busiest time of the year. With all the school parties, work parties, neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, family parties, etc. The list goes on and on.
When do we get time actually to enjoy the season? What can we do to help make things a little easier? With dinner, of course! This beef chuck roast recipe is the perfect solution.
After cooking in the oven for a few hours, the roast comes out so juicy and tender. To top it off, you make the gravy from the drippings from the roast. It is literally the perfect flavor! Not only does it taste amazing, but it is also so simple to make, and another bonus, it will not break the bank.
It is definitely the perfect meal for Christmas dinner. However, this beef chuck recipe is one we serve throughout the year for Sunday dinner with the family.
What is the best roast?
The tougher meats make for the best roasts because they get very tender the longer they cook (on a lower heat, of course). Three main cuts will make the best roast. The three cuts are chuck, brisket, and round.
What is the most tender cut of roast?
The most tender cut of the roast is the cuts with the fattest marbling. This type of meat typically comes from the least-exercised parts of the cow. The roasts that are tender and moist are usually the least healthy and the most expensive. That’s negative in our book!
How much will this Christmas Roast cost:
This time of the year, there are usually really great deals on beef roasts. Keep an eye out for these deals, and the recipe cost below will be substantially less!
RECIPE COST: $26.35
PER SERVING COST: $3.30
- 5 pounds Beef Chuck Roast – $24.85
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil – $0.13
- 2 teaspoons salt – $0.02
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar – $0.03
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper – $0.04
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary – $0.08
- 1/4 cup beef drippings from the roasting pan – $0
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder – $0.03
- 2 cups beef broth – $0.96
- 1 Tablespoon paprika – $0.10
- 1/4 cup flour – $0.05
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce – $0.02
- salt and pepper to taste – $0.01
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.03
To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- Instead of a beef chuck roast, you can use a more expensive cut of meat like a prime beef eye round roast.
How long is this good for:
- Serve: You can keep the meat at room temperature for no longer than 2 hours before it will need to be refrigerated.
- Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Freeze: I like to freeze leftover pieces of meat with a little bit of the brown gravy. That way, the meat is less likely to dry out in the freezer. You can freeze the meat for up to 3 months.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
- Ages 2-3: Let them help you pat dry the roast and rub the dry rub on all sides of the roast. This is a great opportunity to teach young kids kitchen safety on handling raw meat. Teach concepts such as not eating raw meat and washing your hands really well before and after handling raw meat.
- Ages 4-5: Let them help measure and stir together the dry rub ingredients. They can also help with rubbing the mix on the roast.
- Ages 6-8: Let them help whisk the gravy until it has thickened. You can also have your child help you plan the rest of the menu. Our kiddos love to be involved in menu planning.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
What to Serve with Christmas Roast:
- Cranberry Party Punch
- 1 Hour French Bread
- Jenna’s Naughty Mashed Potatoes (these are shown in some of the pictures)
- Green Beans Almondine
- Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- Large Batch 1-Hour Dinner Rolls
- French-Bread Stuffing
- Easy Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Mom’s Broccoli Casserole
- Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
More +$15 Recipes:
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Copycat Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham
- Easy Oven Baked Salmon
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Machaca Burritos
- Taco Pizza
How to Make Christmas Roast Recipe:
Christmas Beef Chuck Roast
- Prep bowl
- Roasting pan
- Large cast-iron skillet
- instant-read thermometer
- medium saucepan
- 5 pounds center-cut boneless beef chuck-eye roast
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup beef drippings from the roasting pan
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
PREP THE ROAST:
- Use paper towels to pat the defrosted roast dry.
MAKE RUB & RUB ROAST:
- Whisk together all of the rub ingredients in a small prep bowl.
- Rub the roast all over with the rub, and then let the roast sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
PREPARE OVEN & PAN:
- Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
- Prepare a roasting pan by spraying the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
- Once the roast has sat at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, place 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet and preheat over medium-high temperature until the oil begins to simmer. Add the roast to the pan and use tongs to sear the roast on all sides for 2 minutes each side.
ROAST IN OVEN:
- Place the roast on the prepared roasting pan and put it in the preheated 500 degrees F oven. Turn the oven off completely and let it cook for about 2-2 ½ hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
- Loosely cover the top and sides of the roast with aluminum foil while you make the brown gravy.
MAKE BROWN GRAVY:
- Add the beef dripping to a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and continue to stir for 3 minutes.
- Slowly pour in the beef broth while you continue to whisk. Keep whisking until the gravy has thickened a little, about 1-2 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper (the gravy will thicken as it cools). Transfer the gravy to a gravy boat
SLICE AND SERVE:
- Slice the roast and serve the brown gravy.
- In our experience, we rarely see large chuck roasts like this one in the supermarket's refrigerator section. We almost always have to ask the butcher at the meat counter to cut us a 5-6 pound center-cut boneless beef chuck-eye roast.
- We have seen this cut of chuck roast at Costco around the holidays.
- This recipe will also work for other beef roasts like a beef bottom round roast, eye round roast, New York strip roast, or a ribeye roast.
This Christmas Beef Chuck Roast Recipe is juicy, tender, and packed with great flavor thanks to the rub and brown gravy made with the pan drippings.