About Barbequing Roasts
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Meades)
Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 13:48:23 -0400
Subject: WHAT DID I DO WRONG? This past Friday I made my first attempt in
many years to barbecue a rump roast. I placed it on the spit over medium
coals, using a meat thermometer. It roasted for about 2 hours before
reaching the medium setting, at which time I removed it from the grill ...
When the meat was sliced the center was a nice medium pink. The meat was
tough as a piece of shoe leather. What could I have done wrong, or was it
just a case of a bad piece of meat to begin with?
From: Kathy Pitts:
Tough to tell long-distance, Jean, but I'd say the problem was too hot a
fire. Rump isn't the tenderest meat in the world to begin with, and if you
subject it to too much heat too fast, the connective tissues are going to
tighten up, forcing the moisture out, and resulting in a dry, tough hunk of
Next time, try roasting the meat in an pan, rather than the rotisserie,
building your fire by making SMALL mounds of coals on either side of the
roast (no heat directly below). If you like, you can place the roast
directly on the grids of your grill, placing the pan in the center of the
firebox to act as a buffer for the coals.
Place a cover over the roast (if your grill doesn't have a cover, you can
improvise one with some heavy wire and heavy-duty aluminum foil.) The heat
from the coals should only result in an interior cooking temperature of
250-300 degrees. If it goes down further, don't panic. Anything above 200
will cook the meat eventually, and the slower the better in this case.
You also might try using a more acid marinade (wine, beer, lemon or lime
juice in the marinade). The acid will tenderize the meat somewhat (don't
expect miracles, though).
Good luck, and let us all know how the next one turns out.
Kathy in Bryan, TX
From: Dave Sacerdote:
I've found the most common cause of a tough roast isn't the cut of meat or
how you cook it, it's how you SLICE it.
When you carve, make sure you're cutting across the grain of the meat. With
a tied roast, this usually means that you have to change the angle of your
cuts as you go along.
As for the dryness: I like to slightly undercook a roast when I do it on
the grill's rotisserie. The meat continues to cook for a few minutes after
coming off the heat, as you know. Letting the roast rest for that time,
like you did, usually gives it enough time to "finish off" without drying
too much. Remember that when you're rotisserie cooking, the fat side of the
roast doesn't baste the meat nearly as much as a standing roast where the
fat side stays on top throughout the whole time.
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