How to grill a shoulder roast.

With the hot days of August, the last thing you want to do is have your oven going for 2-3 hours cooking a roast. I found that they cook up really good on the ol’ barbecue grill. I bought some shoulder roasts on sale a while back and have been cooking them this way. Here’s how:

* Take a 3-4 lb. shoulder roast and sprinkle it with your favorite meat rub and garlic powder. Personally, I like Adams Brisket Rub for my meat rub. Rub the spices into the roast. Place roast in a sealable plastic bag.

* Mix marinate ingredients together. I use a simple marinate consisting of the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing

NOTE: You can alternatively use whatever kind of marinate you want, but don’t drown the roast in it. You want just enough to coat the roast.

* Pour marinate over the roast in the plastic bag and seal the bag. Make sure roast is thoroughly coated with marinate. Lay in a shallow pan or baking dish to guard against leaks and place in refrigerator overnight.

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  • You will need a grill with a lid. Place charcoals under one side of the grill, leaving the other side for your cool zone ( though it will be plenty hot when the lid is closed).
  • Always start your charcoal approx. 30-45 minutes before cooking so they ash over. You’ll want your cooking temp to be around 350 degrees.
  • Remove roast from plastic bag. Allow marinate to drip off. Blot off any excess marinate with a paper towel. Put roast on platter.
  • Place roast on grill directly over hot coals. Close lid. Cook for 5 minutes to sear meat.
  • Turn roast over, close lid, and sear other side for 5 minutes.
  • Move roast over to cool side of grill. Close lid and cook for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Rotate roast 180 degrees. Close lid. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
  • Turn roast over. Close lid. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
  • Rotate roast 180 degrees. Close lid. Cook an additional 30 minutes.

Total Grilling Time: 2 hrs. 10 minutes

Remove roast from grill, wrap in aluminum foil, and allow to stand approx. 10 minutes before serving.

The cooking times are approximate for a 3-4 lb. shoulder roast cooked to medium rare. You may need to make adjustments for your particular taste.

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If you’ve never cooked a roast on the grill before, you’re likely to never want to cook one in the oven again after you’ve tried it. And you can use practically any kind of roast. Just adjust your cooking times for the size and type of roast. A big rump roast, for example, would take much more time to cook. A good rule of thumb would be about 30 minutes per pound, and breaking that down proportionally in the cooking stages. It’s best to use a roast that has some fat on it.