It’s there, waiting for me in the freezer.  Five pounds of chuck roast from the grass-fed beef CSA.  It’s an expensive enough cut of meat that I can’t mess it up.  No Uncle F$#k-Up this time, no dirt soup, no learning from my mistakes.  This has got to be prepared the right way, with a tender pink interior and crackly brown crust.  I will not drop it on the floor, or trip and dump it in the compost bin, or cut my finger while slicing paper-thin sheets into white porcelain plates.  I won’t under-season it, or dry it out, won’t use too much red pepper, won’t char the edges and be forced to microwave the still-raw interior.  It’s a weekend challenge, to make the roast beef Just So.  But since it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, maybe that will be the mantle of manhood I drape on myself, a ritual that dates to the first proto-human chucking a mammoth leg into the fire because he is The One Who Cooks Meat.

Behold!  The bonfire is lit!  My responsibility weighs heavy, yet I will carry it out with utmost solemnity and decorum.  The cooking of the meat awaits!

Fire and meat

1 comment
  1. Don’t tread lightly with chuck. It is a cut of meat that in the end will wind up tender, but it takes a lot of hugs.

    Season it with salt and pepper and let it rest for a while, maybe overnight. If you want to, sear it in a pan, and deglaze it with a bottle or two of light wheat beer. Add two sliced onions, a knob of butter, and let that reduce down. That can be your braising/roasting liquid. Leave it in there if you want, and put it in the oven for at least an hour and a half at 325. Probe with your meat thermometer at opportune times, and let it rest for twenty minutes before you slice it. The temp should be 140 or so for a nice medium, or 120 if you want to do the pinkish roast beast.

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