Sous Vide Chuck Roast Recipe: Poor Man's Prime Rib

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This delicious, melt-in-your mouth sous vide chuck roast tastes just like prime rib — at a fraction of the cost. Use a DIY sous vide setup like this one or a sous vide machine. 

The humble chuck roast: an inexpensive cut of meat, tough and relegated to the slow cooker to be overcooked. But what if you could have a medium rare version, just as tender as a prime rib or tenderloin? Turns out you can have your chuck roast prime rib and eat it too.

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In this recipe: Abilene Depot blend

Think of Abilene Depot as your salt and pepper upgrade: smoked salt, coarse black pepper, fennel, and just a hint of cocoa will compliment nearly any dish and take it to the next level.

Certified Gluten-Free® Natural Ingredients No Sugar Added No Preservatives

Heat level: Mild

Flavor Profile: smoky, savory, earthy, fresh

Delicious on: Beef (especially steaks & burgers), lamb, wild game, chicken, baked potatoes, grilled veggies, green salads, anywhere you’d use salt & pepper

Sous Vide Chuck Roast Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 18 hours (mostly passive) Yields: 4-6 servings



  1. Trim the visible fat from the roast.Season liberally with Abilene Depot Seasoning Blend. Seal tightly in a vacuum bag. If you don't have a vacuum sealer, seal in a gallon-sized plastic zipper bag by squeezing as much of the air as possible out of the bag before sealing.

  2. If using a commercially-available sous vide cooker, follow the manufacturer's instructions. If using our DIY sous vide cooker, proceed to step 3.

  3. Place the sealed bag with the roast inside the slow cooker's stoneware crock.

  4. Fill with hot water until the roast is covered.

  5. Plug the slow cooker into the controller and plug the controller into a wall outlet.Turn the control knob on the front of the slow cooker to the highest setting. Set the temperature on the controller to the desired temperature.* Tuck the controller thermocouple probe in the water.

  6. Once temperature reaches set point, let roast cook for 18 hours. Remove from water bath.

  7. Remove roast from vacuum bag and pour jus from bag into a measuring cup.

Make Mushroom Jus Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook onion over medium heat, seasoning with Abilene Depot blend, until translucent, about 6-8 minutes.

  2. Add mushrooms, cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Add jus, heat to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes.

Sear Roast

  1. While jus is simmering, pre-heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.

  2. Sear roast on high heat for 2 minutes per side, or until grill marks form.

  3. Slice roast thinly and serve with mushroom jus sauce.

*Temperatures for Desired Doneness:
Medium Rare: 130-135°F
Medium: 140°F