How to Cook a Tender, Juicy Beef Roast on Your Traeger Grill

As an avid griller and Traeger owner I’m always looking for new and delicious recipes to try on my grill. Recently I came across an amazing recipe for a Sunday Supper Beef Roast from Traeger Grills and knew I had to give it a shot. After testing it out, I can confidently say this is one of the best and easiest ways to cook a flavorful, tender beef roast.

In this article, I’ll walk you through the simple steps for preparing the perfect beef roast on your Traeger wood pellet grill. Whether you’re cooking for a small dinner or a crowd, this roast is sure to impress!

Benefits of Cooking a Roast on a Traeger

Traeger grills are ideal for slow cooking large cuts of meat like roasts. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Consistent low temperature – Traeger grills allow you to maintain a steady, low temperature for hours, which is perfect for braising roasts. This allows the meat to become incredibly tender.

  • Infuses smoke flavor – The Traeger uses real hardwood pellets to impart delicious smoky flavor into the meat. This takes the roast to the next level.

  • Retains moisture – The slow cook and indirect heat source prevents moisture loss. The roast stays incredibly juicy and flavorful.

  • Simple setup – Cooking a roast on a Traeger couldn’t be easier. Once you set the temperature, it maintains it automatically throughout the cook.

Shopping List for the Roast

Cooking up this delicious roast starts with grabbing the right ingredients from the store. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-3.5 lb beef top round, rump, or sirloin tip roast
  • Vegetable oil or olive oil
  • Traeger Prime Rib Rub (or your favorite beef rub)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

That covers it for the main ingredients! Now let’s get to cooking.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps for roast perfection on your Traeger grill:

1. Prepare the Roast

  • Take your 3-3.5 lb roast and rub it on all sides with vegetable or olive oil. This helps the rub adhere and enhances browning.

  • Generously season the roast with Traeger Prime Rib Rub. The rub provides a savory, peppery crust when cooked.

  • Place the prepared roast on a cooking rack in a Dutch oven or roasting pan with the fat side facing up.

  • Pour 2 cups of beef broth into the bottom of the pan. This will braise the roast as it cooks.

2. Preheat the Traeger Grill

  • With the lid closed, preheat your Traeger grill to 500°F.

  • Allow 15 minutes for the grill to come up to temperature.

3. Sear the Roast

  • Insert a meat probe into the thickest part of the roast to monitor the internal temperature.

  • Place the Dutch oven with the roast directly on the preheated grill grates.

  • Sear the roast with the lid closed for 25-30 minutes, until the outside forms a nice brown crust.

4. Slow Cook the Roast

  • After searing, reduce the grill temperature to 225°F.

  • Add the prepared potato, carrot, celery, onion, and thyme around the roast in the Dutch oven.

  • Cover the Dutch oven with foil to braise the vegetables too.

  • Continue cooking with the lid closed until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium-rare doneness. This will take around 2-3 hours.

  • Check periodically and add more beef broth as needed to keep the bottom of the pan from drying out.

5. Allow the Roast to Rest

  • Once the roast reaches the desired internal temp, remove the Dutch oven from the grill.

  • Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute evenly.

6. Slice, Serve and Enjoy!

  • After resting, slice the roast against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  • Serve the roast and vegetables together, drizzled with the delicious pan juices.

With this simple Traeger recipe, you’ll achieve a perfectly cooked roast with a seared crust, smokey flavor, and incredibly juicy, tender meat in the center. It’s an easy dish that’s sure to satisfy any crowd. I love serving it alongside roasted potatoes or a fresh salad.

Smoked Chuck Roast on the Traeger Ranger Pellet Grill


What temperature should a roast be cooked to on a Traeger?

Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 203°F and the meat pulls apart easily with a fork, about 3 hours. Enjoy!

How to cook a roast on a pellet grill?

Preheat your smoker to 250°F. Choose your favorite wood, I am using my favorite blend of oak, maple and hickory on my pellet smoker. Place the chuck roast in the smoker, insert temperature probes. Close the lid and cook until the bark is fully developed (around 3-3 1/2 hours), and the temperature reaches 165°F.

What temperature do you grill a beef roast?

Pre-heat your grill to about 350 degrees with the lid closed to allow a slow grill and even, thorough cooking. Cover the roast with your favorite rub for added flavour before placing it on the grill. Or, stick to some olive oil, salt, and pepper for a more traditional taste.

How do you cook a roast in a Traeger oven?

When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 500℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. Insert the probe into the thickest part of the roast. Place the Dutch oven on the grill grates, close the lid, and cook the roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the outside is seared. Reduce the Traeger temperature to 225℉.

How do you cook a chuck roast on a Traeger Grill?

Allow 10-15 minutes for the grill to come up to temperature. Remove the chuck roast from the refrigerator and from the plastic wrap. Add some additional leftover rub if any came off, and when the Traeger has reached 250°F, place your meat directly on grill. Place a leave in thermometer inside the roast making sure to not touch the bone.

How do you cook a beef roast on a Traeger pellet grill?

Generously coat the entire surface of the beef roast with the spice rub you prepared earlier. Go ahead, get your hands dirty and rub that goodness into the meat. It’s like giving your roast a relaxing spa treatment! Fire up your Traeger pellet grill and set the temperature to 225°F (107°C).

How to make Traeger beef roast?

Take your taste buds on a delicious journey with our irresistible Traeger beef roast recipe – experience the ultimate comfort food like never before. Mix the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl. This will be your flavorful rub, so give it a good stir to combine all those mouthwatering spices.

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