Set up the kettle for snake method cooking where we light about a dozen briquettes and once they are going we put them on the start of the fuse or snake and let the coals work their way around the bowl for a low and slow cook rather than what you’d do with a steak, searing it directly over high heat.
To prepare the roasts, I slathered them with EVOO and cut six slits in the top of each roast, inserting cloves of garlic. Then a generous rubbing of Montreal steak seasoning all over. Placing the roasts over tin pans to collect the drippings for gravy offset of the coals and also adding about a cup of water to each pan to keep a moist cooking environment inside the kettle.
Apple chunks and cherry wood chips for smoke. Key is the temperature probes that will tell us the temp inside the kettle and more importantly the temps inside each roast. We’re looking to cook at a grate temp about 275 degrees and pull the roasts off when they hit 125 internally for a nice rare roast.
The Roasts Go on at 9:49AM:
Haven’t had to adjust the vents once, this is because of the snake method. Only so many coals are going at a time as it works it’s way around the bowl. For this cook 95% of the time grate temp was between 264-279.
We’re starting to get some nice color at this point but we’ve got a ways to go.
12:27 We’ve got the temps right where we want them and she’s looking spectacular-
At this point we take out the temp probes and give each roast a slow roll directly over the coals to firm up that outer bark ring and then onto the platter under a very loose foil tent.
Let it rest for an hour and collected any of the juices that ran out for the gravy. Just what we were looking for- edge to edge pink! No gray outer ring. A perfectly even cook.
This is a really easy cook. Just follow the pictures above and you can do this easily too.