Tender Grilled Beef Roast Pellet Grill Recipe

grilled beef roast
Making BBQ beef roast on a pellet grill starts by drizzling the meat with oil and applying a dry rub on it, coating it on all sides. Grill for 2 hours at 225°F, then wrap in foil with a few pats of butter and cook for 2 more hours. Rest for 45 minutes before serving with your favorite sides!

Guide to Grilled Beef Roast on a Pellet Grill

Pellet grills can be used for smoking or grilling, and are easy to use. This step-by-step guide for grilling beef roast will help guide you to making the best BBQ beef roast you’ve ever had!

Tools Needed to Make Beef Roast on a Pellet Grill

You’ll need a pellet grill such as a Traeger, Pit Boss, or Z Grills, and your favorite wood pellets such as hickory, mesquite, or cherry.

You’ll also need aluminum foil to wrap the beef roast, and a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the beef during cooking.

How to Prepare the Beef Roast

Prepare the beef roast by bringing the meat to room temperature.

Drizzle the meat with olive oil or melted butter, and then sprinkle on your spice rub. Massage the meat so that the oil and spices sink into the meat. Do this on both sides, so the meat is equally seasoned.

Prepare the Pellet Grill

Preheat the pellet grill to 225°F. Add wood pellets according to the manufacturer’s instructions, either at the side or rear of the grill.

Close the lid, and allow the grill to come to temperature. Most pellet grills burn 1-3 pounds of wood pellet per hour. Make sure to add enough wood pellets for the entire cooking time.

Cook the Beef Roast

Cook the beef roast at 225 °F for 2 hours. Then, wrap it in aluminum foil. Return the beef to the grill and increase the temperature to 275°F. Let the beef cook for 2 more hours or until the internal temperature of the roast is 165°F.

Rest the Beef Roast

Rest the beef roast for 45 minutes before cutting. Don’t skip this step! Leave the beef wrapped in foil and let the juices soak into the meat after cooking so that your beef roast is tender.

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Beef roast grilled

Pellet Grill Beef Roast Recipe

  • Author: Sarah
  • Total Time: 5 hours


Create a juicy, tender beef chuck roast on your pellet grill with this delicious grilled beef recipe. If you prefer a smoked chuck roast, you can smoke the meat instead. Simply move the meat over indirect rather than direct heat, and skip the foiling. This versatile recipe is the perfect main dish for your next BBQ!


Units Scale
  • 3pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup beef stock (optional)


  1. Prepare your pellet grill according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Heat the grill to 225°F.
  2. Lay the cut of meat on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and drizzle 1/2 of the oil on the meat.
  3. Combine the spices in a small bowl and sprinkle half the dry rub on the meat.
  4. Turn the meat over and repeat with the rest of the oil and dry rub.
  5. Place the beef roast directly onto the grill grates, close the lid, and let cook for 2 hours.
  6. Wrap the meat in foil. Bring the foil up around the cut of meat, making the long sides even. Fold them down 2-3 times until the top of the foil is well sealed. Fold the short edges of the foil 2-3 times until the sides are sealed. Optional: add 1/2 cup warm beef stock to the foil packet before closing.
  7. Increase the temperature on the pellet grill to 275°F and place the packet of meat back on the pellet grill.
  8. Let the meat cook for 2 more hours and then check the internal temperature. The temperature in the thickest part of the meat should be 165°F.
  9. Once your target temperature is reached, remove the meat and let the roast rest for 45 minutes, so the juices redistribute through the meat.
  10. Cut the meat on a cutting board and serve with your favorite side dishes!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rest Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours


  • Serving Size: 5 ounces
  • Calories: 428kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 71.7mg
  • Fat: 26.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 43.3g
  • Cholesterol: 170mg

What Temperature Should The Pellet Grill Be Set to for Beef Roast?

Pellet grills are made for cooking low and slow, much like a slow cooker. The perfect temperature for cooking a beef roast is between 225°F and 300°F. This temperature cooks the meat thoroughly while creating beef that slices beautifully or can be shredded for beef sandwiches.

How Long Does it Take to Grill a Beef Roast on a Pellet Grill?

Grilling a beef roast on a pellet grill takes between 3 and 6 hours. The hotter the pellet grill, the faster the chuck roast will cook. However, the thickness and size of the roast can affect the cooking time.

TemperatureApproximate Time
225°F6 hours
250°F5 hours
275°F4 hours
300°F3 hours

Best Beef Roast Cuts for Pellet Grills

Nearly any cut of beef you’d cook in the oven you can cook on a pellet grill. The best cut is a lean one that has plenty of marbling and has a minimum amount of connective tissue. This ensures a tender smoked beef roast. Chuck roast is an excellent choice, but you can also grill:

How Do You Know When Beef Roast is Done?

You’ll know when your beef roast is done when the internal temperature reaches your desired doneness. The meat will brown and release juices into the foil packet.

Internal TemperatureDonenessMeat Texture
145°FMedium-rareFeels soft and springy when touched
155-160°FMedium Feels firm but springy when touched
165°FWell-doneFeels firm when touched

How Long Will it Take to Cook a Beef Roast at 225F?

It will take approximately 6 hours to cook a beef roast at 225°F. The exact cooking time depends on how much your cut of meat weighs.

Best Beef Roast Side Dish Ideas

These are fantastic sides to complement your beef roast!

How to Store and Reheat Grilled Beef Roast

Store grilled roast beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze grilled roast beef in freezer bags for 2-3 months.

To reheat, bring the beef roast to room temperature while preheating your oven to 350°F. Wrap the beef in aluminum foil with a few spoonfuls of beef broth. Heat the beef for 20-30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 120°F.


Sarah loves eating BBQ and trying new techniques on her charcoal grill and smoker. She enjoys cooking meat, fruits, and veggies on her home grill. She lives in southern Indiana with her family.

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