Smoked Roast Beef Sandwiches

This recipe offers a great make-ahead option. You can prepare it up to one week ahead.

  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Yields: 12 sandwiches (using 2 ounces cooked meat per sandwich)
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Chill: 24 hrs
  • Grill: 1 hr 30 mins to 2 hrs
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Smoked Roast Beef Sandwiches
cups mesquite wood chips
3 pound boneless beef sirloin roast
teaspoons chipotle chili powder
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
teaspoon ground cumin
cup purchased onion jam or onion relish
tablespoons prepared horseradish
sourdough and/or whole wheat mini rolls, split and toasted, if desired
cup purchased roasted red sweet peppers, cut into strips
cups arugula leaves, rinsed and dried
  1. At least 1 hour before cooking, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Trim fat from sirloin roast. For rub, in a small bowl combine the chipotle chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cumin. Sprinkle rub evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
  2. Drain wood chips. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place beef roast on grill rack above the drip pan. Cover and smoke for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until desired doneness (meat thermometer registers 140 degree F for medium-rare doneness or 155 degree F for medium doneness). Cover the beef roast with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. (The meats temperature will rise 5 degree F during standing.) Thinly slice the beef. Place in a covered container and chill up to 24 hours.
  3. In small bowl combine the onion jam and horseradish.
  4. Spread the cut roll tops with jam-horseradish mixture. Place sliced roast beef on roll bottoms. Top roast beef with roasted red pepper strips and arugula; add prepared bun tops. Cover and chill any remaining beef up to 2 days. Makes 12 sandwiches (using 2 ounces cooked meat per sandwich).
From the Test Kitchen

Sirloin roast may be smoked ahead and frozen or refrigerated one week prior to event to ease last minute prep time. Beef will also slice easier when it is cold.

Nutrition Facts (Smoked Roast Beef Sandwiches)
    Per serving:
  • 453 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 54 mg chol.,
  • 682 mg sodium,
  • 63 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 35 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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