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Smoke & Sizzle Coffee-Rubbed Pulled Beef

Smoke & Sizzle Coffee-Rubbed Pulled Beef

By Traeger Kitchen

Inspired by carnitas, in which pork is cooked low and slow then crisped over high heat, this take uses beef flavored with Traeger Coffee rub that’s smoked for hours then braised until fall apart tender. Note: You’ll need to cook the meat for about 8 hours, so plan ahead. After getting shredded, the beef gets quickly seared on the flat top until crisp on the edges for an amazing contrast of textures. Serve the beef as main dish with sides like French fries, rice, cooked greens, or coleslaw or use the tender meat, topped with cheese if you like, in sandwiches, wraps, or tacos and serve the braising liquid on the side for dunking.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

8 Hrs




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurement:
1 (3-4 lb) chuck roast
1/3 Traeger Coffee Rub
1 Medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Cup beef broth (warmed if cold)
1/2 Cup Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce


  • 1

    When ready to cook, preheat your Traeger pellet grill with the lid closed to 225˚F; this will take about 15 minutes.

  • 2

    Pat the chuck roast dry with paper towels. Rub the Traeger Coffee Rub all over the meat.

  • 3

    Insert a leave-in meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, then place the meat directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke the beef, using Super Smoke if available until it reaches 165°F, 3 ½ to 4 hours. for 4 hours.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 4

    Increase the grill temperature to 250°F. Transfer the meat to a small roasting or baking pan (foil is fine). Scatter the onion around the beef, then pour the broth and the Traeger ‘Que Sauce into the pan around the beef. Cover the pan with foil and continue cooking until the meat is fork tender with an internal temperature of 200˚F, another 2 to 4 hours. (The wide time range is based on grill type, weather, and other factors.) Remove the baking dish from the grill and let the beef rest, still covered with the foil, for 30 minutes.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    200 ˚F / 93 ˚C

  • 5

    Reserving the braising liquid, transfer the beef to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Transfer the braising liquid and onions to a medium saucepan

  • 6

    Heat 2 adjacent zones of the Traeger flat top to medium-high heat and 1 zone to high heat for 5 minutes.

  • 7

    Set the saucepan on the third of the griddle set to high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, add the shredded beef to the zones set to medium-high heat and cook, flipping every few minutes, until the edges are crispy, about 10 minutes.

  • 8

    Transfer the beef and the sauce to a large bowl and toss to combine. Enjoy!

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